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    madcrafted reacted to Shrimp Life in how do you feed over populations tanks?   
    Feed Snowflake, Mulberry Leaves and with that many shrimp there should not be leftovers. Sell shrimp to minimize your colony number. Do more frequent small water changes, they are hardy and should do well. If you don't feed enough they will start eating other shrimp and attacking molting shrimp. I find that the attacking of molting shrimp occurs when there is a high population of shrimp and not enough space or food 
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    madcrafted got a reaction from TigerBarb1017 in winter breeding   
    There are very few published papers on neo/caridina breeding. One of the ones that I've ran across mentions the affects of temperature and very little on photo period, being it was at a constant 12/12 schedule throughout the entire study. This was for the RCS too, btw. Crystals and other bee shrimp have even fewer studies and ALOT of speculation printed on the web. We do know that metabolism and growth slow down in cooler waters as does reproduction. So temperature is a big one. Not so sure about light myself being as I keep a shorter photo period than most at 7-8 hours of light. I have shrimp berried right now but these are hybrids (tibees and galaxy pintos). My PRL's aren't doing anything in these unheated tanks. Temps are between 62-65° F for the last month or so. I'm chalking it up to temperature. What these temperature thresholds are for each given species/sub-species is hard to say but I'd be willing to guess at 68°, my PRLs will be getting busy.  
     
     It may very well be speculation to say the sex ratio of offspring is also affected by temperature for these particular species. From a logical standpoint, it makes sense that there will be higher percentages of female offspring in cooler water where food sources are abundant in early Spring but this is with wild shrimp, not ornamental shrimp that have been selectively bred for many generations. However, there are reports on the internet of breeders seeing a higher percentage of female offspring during winter breedings. Hardly concrete evidence but worth observing in our own tanks. 
     
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from nicpapa in winter breeding   
    There are very few published papers on neo/caridina breeding. One of the ones that I've ran across mentions the affects of temperature and very little on photo period, being it was at a constant 12/12 schedule throughout the entire study. This was for the RCS too, btw. Crystals and other bee shrimp have even fewer studies and ALOT of speculation printed on the web. We do know that metabolism and growth slow down in cooler waters as does reproduction. So temperature is a big one. Not so sure about light myself being as I keep a shorter photo period than most at 7-8 hours of light. I have shrimp berried right now but these are hybrids (tibees and galaxy pintos). My PRL's aren't doing anything in these unheated tanks. Temps are between 62-65° F for the last month or so. I'm chalking it up to temperature. What these temperature thresholds are for each given species/sub-species is hard to say but I'd be willing to guess at 68°, my PRLs will be getting busy.  
     
     It may very well be speculation to say the sex ratio of offspring is also affected by temperature for these particular species. From a logical standpoint, it makes sense that there will be higher percentages of female offspring in cooler water where food sources are abundant in early Spring but this is with wild shrimp, not ornamental shrimp that have been selectively bred for many generations. However, there are reports on the internet of breeders seeing a higher percentage of female offspring during winter breedings. Hardly concrete evidence but worth observing in our own tanks. 
     
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from Shrimporama in Bacter AE for Shrimplets   
    In a tank that size, with that amount of shrimp and heavily planted, you don't need to do much different for the fry. I personally like to feed every 3 days and I have tanks with about the same amount of shrimp as yours, some with a little more. I do like to sprinkle a little sl-aqua magic powder into each tank 10 minutes before feeding. I do this regardless of whether or not there is fry in the tank, so there's a constant source of beneficial bacteria and biofilm residing there at all times, plus the shrimp like to graze on the little bits as the settle. With Bacter AE, I would use less than the recommended dosage. When I was using that product I used a "drop" size measuring spoon (1/64th of a teaspoon) per 12-15 shrimp twice a week. Any more than that seemed to pollute my tank. Even with magic powder, I use a small amount because I feel less is more with these powders in general. I don't have a problem with planaria or hydra but the detritus worms let me know when to ease up on feeding.
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    madcrafted got a reaction from TheGlassBox in winter breeding   
    There are very few published papers on neo/caridina breeding. One of the ones that I've ran across mentions the affects of temperature and very little on photo period, being it was at a constant 12/12 schedule throughout the entire study. This was for the RCS too, btw. Crystals and other bee shrimp have even fewer studies and ALOT of speculation printed on the web. We do know that metabolism and growth slow down in cooler waters as does reproduction. So temperature is a big one. Not so sure about light myself being as I keep a shorter photo period than most at 7-8 hours of light. I have shrimp berried right now but these are hybrids (tibees and galaxy pintos). My PRL's aren't doing anything in these unheated tanks. Temps are between 62-65° F for the last month or so. I'm chalking it up to temperature. What these temperature thresholds are for each given species/sub-species is hard to say but I'd be willing to guess at 68°, my PRLs will be getting busy.  
     
     It may very well be speculation to say the sex ratio of offspring is also affected by temperature for these particular species. From a logical standpoint, it makes sense that there will be higher percentages of female offspring in cooler water where food sources are abundant in early Spring but this is with wild shrimp, not ornamental shrimp that have been selectively bred for many generations. However, there are reports on the internet of breeders seeing a higher percentage of female offspring during winter breedings. Hardly concrete evidence but worth observing in our own tanks. 
     
     
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    madcrafted reacted to AquaticShrimpNoob in winter breeding   
    @nicpapa This is indeed very interesting topic. I have seen many people talk about slow breeding or no breeding in winter or cold season. Most people hypothesized that this is caused by atmospheric pressure change in cold season. I do read publish papers too (high five!!). In fact, most of my info about shrimps are from these. I stopped inquiring from other shrimpers due to inconsistency and lack of fundamentals. Most of the things that catch my attention, I do take with a grain of salt and then inquire principles and understanding first before I take them seriously. My advice, however, is be careful on interpreting publish papers. As you have mentioned, you got these information from se shrimps and culture in ponds. See here that volume and depth are not identical to regular aquariums. But I am aware that these small change in atmospheric pressure can affect dwarf shrimps due to their biology and size.
     
    To be fair, I only have one shrimp tank besides my other freshwater aquarium (for now, I really want to focus on just one shrimp tank). I don't have much observations as most of you with multiple tanks do so I can't speculate more than this. However, I am very thankful for these observations because I can use them on my own personal shrimp care. I am also happy @nicpapa and @Shrimp Life for producing such speculations using combinations of observations and principles/fundamentals.
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from ArcadiaShrimp in My tank. 13 gallon, details and pics inside!   
    I find this very to be a very interesting scape with great placement of hardscape and plants. Never seen anyone use a slate like that either... very unique.
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    madcrafted reacted to ArcadiaShrimp in My tank. 13 gallon, details and pics inside!   
    So, after my introduction, here's my full setup of my 13 gallon tank. 
    Brand: Dennerle, HOB filter Dennerle with blue sponge, siporax and ceramic tubes and lily pad for oxygenation. Also I use a 25 watt heater and Söchting oxydator. Plants are Staurogyne Repens, Anubias Nana, Anubias Petite, Anubias Bonsai, Anubias Barterii (I like Anubias) and 4 Marimo moss balls (actually an algae). 
    I use a strong depth effect with Mopani wood and grey flagstone. After cycling my tank (with happened after 12 days!), I bought my first starter group which is a Japanese line (Benibachi), consisting of 8 shrimps. I also use ceramic cubes, tubes and squares for hiding spots and it'also a nice place for the Anubias to attach on. Temperature is 72F, 10 hours of light a day (24 watts fluorescent lighting).
    Water values (I use RODI water with GH+)
    PH 6
    GH 5
    KH 1
    NO2-: 0
    NO3: 0
    PO4: 0
    NH4+: 0
    NH3: 0
    A couple of pics below:








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    madcrafted got a reaction from ILikeAsianBooty in Controsoil Ultum vs Marified Controsoil vs ADA Amazonia   
    I think it's more like Marified makes soil for UNS, as well as Brightwell. 
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    madcrafted got a reaction from EricM in Controsoil Ultum vs Marified Controsoil vs ADA Amazonia   
    I think it's more like Marified makes soil for UNS, as well as Brightwell. 
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    madcrafted got a reaction from Human Shrimp in Male or Female   
    I still have a difficult time sexing shrimp under 4 months or so, but to me, that looks to be male. That underbelly appears straight when males are young but as they age, it takes on a fish-like shape. Kinda like a slight S-curve shape to the belly. Females are rounder bellied and look more "stout" in general. Not always bigger, but beefier. Sometimes that 2nd scale will overlapp scales 1 and 3, but not always easy to see this in females that haven't carried. I never could go by that antenna trick to sex them. I've seen males with what looked to be short antennas up top. 
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Oh they lay eggs in soft water just the same. All in my mosses and cholla wood. Doesn't bother me much, they eventually just dissolve.
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    If you keep them in soft water permanently, they will die sooner than they normally would in waters with normal carbonate levels. You can see the shells getting thinner over time, sometimes even displaying "pits" here and there. I rotate mine between soft water and tanks with tap water. The tap water tanks barely have any algae these days, so when I toss them into my soft water shrimp tanks, they  devour whatever algae they can...quickly.  Then I move them back after a month or so, leaving only "pesty" snails like ramshorns and bladder to finish up. 
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    madcrafted reacted to aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Uh they aren’t that rare I guess.  I have mini pellia,  fissidens fontanus, fissidens nobilis and real fissidens mini.  My other tanks have a lot of Pilo moss.  I love that moss.  I have several buce from Han aquatics that are cool,  like buce SO64 and Metallic black and some super mini varieties.  I’ve had atleast 5 or 6 types of buce plants melt away on me since July too which totally sucks.  
     
    Before I switched my shrimp tank to SL Aqua I had major problems trying to cycle it as an aquascape not a shrimp tank with aweful spiderwood and reused Amazonia.  I spent months trying to cycle it and fix it and tore it down.  Started over in October basically.  pH was constantly dropping below 4.5, the spiderwood was clogging the filter with black fungus gunk I had NEVER seen before in a tank and the tank had the worst case of month or two long cloudy water blooms that stunk like hell.  Nothing I did was solving it.  Decided to go with a simple shrimp tank setup and dump everything out and start over using only reputable shrimp brand products etc.  It was the worst tank start up I’ve ever had. Let’s just say I am never re using soil,  OR ever using spiderwood ever again. Not a fan.  
     
    Yah I never buy tank lights that don’t come with a dimmer switch.  I use mostly Chihiros RGBs that has a dimmer remote control and it’s on a WiFi app iPhone controller so I can schedule the photoperiod and turn it on and off with my phone.  All 4 of my tanks are like that.  Makes things a lot easier and accessible and customizable.  I also have two USA Satellite planted pro plus LEDs on my two aquascape fish tanks.  Nice. 
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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Fissidens always the first to show algaes. It's truly a magnet for the stuff. lol I employ the use of nerites and whatever other hitchikers I may get. Right now there's a huge explosion of bladder snails in my tanks but they are keeping the moss clean for me. Reducing light helps a lot with fluffy and filamentous algae. I have all mine wired to dimmers. 
     
    So, what are these rare mosses you speak of? I like rare mosses too. lol
     
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    madcrafted reacted to aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    I just finished netting my shadow pandas into their new tank.  I’m currently dripping water back into the tank to fill it back up so I can’t take a full tank shot yet.  So far the shrimp are exploring the tank but just walking around,  no swimming.  No signs of immediate stress.  The 5 extreme blue bolts I ordered to put with these shadow pandas was suppose to arrive today and the tracking is showing it’s still in some other state... I picked a bad time of year to order shrimp...
     
     



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    madcrafted reacted to aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    WOW nice tanks everyone!  I wish I had that many tanks 😭🤣  I do have three other nano aquascape tanks, 2 of which are co2 injected with micro Rasboras and amanos only.  But the two smal shrimp ones are Just low tech shrimp scapes for me to learn how to keep different shrimps for the first time.  I’ve only had amanos and neos and ghost shrimp before last summer.  So I’ve spent 6 months or so trying to learn and start with caridinas.  The TB tank is simple and I don’t have to worry about it so much except caring for the shrimp and also a grow out space for some bucephalandra and rare mosses.   I’ve been very planted tank focused in the hobby but I want to slowly shift over to low tech and caridina shrimps now.  
     
     
     
     



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    madcrafted got a reaction from JonRon in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Here are the 4 that I just set up back in sept. Nerites devoured that dust algae on the walls... along with most of that brown filamentous algae in the mosses. Plants are just starting to perk up. Nitrates were 2-3 ppm the other day. I have to say though, shrimp seem very happy in sl-aqua soil.  My water temps are 62-65° these days, so not much happening as far as breeding but I feel like they will take off this spring.



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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Here are the 4 that I just set up back in sept. Nerites devoured that dust algae on the walls... along with most of that brown filamentous algae in the mosses. Plants are just starting to perk up. Nitrates were 2-3 ppm the other day. I have to say though, shrimp seem very happy in sl-aqua soil.  My water temps are 62-65° these days, so not much happening as far as breeding but I feel like they will take off this spring.



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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Yeah, that's not a big difference. You should be fine.
     
     
    Funny, I've never needed floaters in my tanks and I actually have to dose KNO3 the first few months until bioload increases. My tanks are all nano sized 10 gallons or less. I feed very sparingly and prefer to use magic powder every other day with feedings, so they could contribute to my low levels. Shrimp are always grazing, so they appear to be doing well. I just set up a few more tanks not long ago and I'm still using KNO3. Hopefully these tanks will start booming in the spring and I can ease off nutrient dosing.
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    Beautiful tank you got there. I love the creative use of moss and the rotala indica background.
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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    I don't bother with pH readings during acclimation and rarely drip any longer than 4-5 hours and that's only if the difference is drastic, GH-wise. I've even received bee shrimp that were in damn near neo parameters and still only dripped them a few hours. I feel like the longer they are dripping, the longer they are being stressed. Once I've doubled the water volume of bag water with my tank's water, I increase drip rate from about a drop a second to 2 drops a second. I like to use marina HOB breeder boxes for acclimating, but the method is the same when using bowls/buckets. By the time the breeder box gets ready to overflow into my tank, I check water. If it's close, I'll net them into tank. If it's still a degree off GH-wise or if temp is more than a couple degrees off, I'll scoop water out of breeder box and let it continue to drip until they match closer. Rarely is this the case. Usually by the time you add 4-5 times the volume of starting water (bag) with your tank water, it's pretty close.
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    One other thing to note is that's it's better to add shrimp to water that is slightly less minerals (GH) than adding them to richer mineral tanks. This causes less issues with the molting process due to the osmotic changes that occur when the shell is flooded with salts. There's a whole scientific explanation to this but I'm not smart enough to break it down in detail. lol
     
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    madcrafted got a reaction from Human Shrimp in RCS/Bloody Mary growing very large   
    I've seen some "monster" size males crop in my caridina tanks. The biggest shrimp I have right now is actually a red galaxy male. It happens. lol
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    madcrafted reacted to aqua_che_scapes in SL Aqua Soil pH problems   
    WOW that seriously makes me feel a hell of a LOT better. Thanks!   I’ve just read so many warnings about how difficult TBs are and how sensitive they are and it’s scared me into some overreacting.  I feel more confident now.  I started the shrimp on a slow drip. I REALLY appreciate all the time you (madcrafted) spent replying to my post and helping me out.  I would still be totally confused still right now without your insights/help. 🤣 💪🏻 Thanks!!!!
     
     I’ll update the thread with photos of the shrimp happy in their new tank probably tomorrow.  I have 5 extreme blue bolts and 6 BKK shrimp coming tomorrow and Monday to combine with the shadow pandas in the same tank.  I’m definitely going to have to upgrade their tank this next year if they do well.  
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