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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to TheGardenofEder in The Journals of ThegardenofEder   
    Forgot to post here about aquashella but I took home 2nd in neo all colors with my painted fire reds, 2nd in neo rilli with my red rillis, 2nd in Crystal's with my super crystal red one stripe, and 3rd in hybrids with my nebulas or purple rusty taitibee. At the aquatic experience I took first in super Crystal's with my super crystal red one stripe, first in tigers with my btoe, and third in tigers with my super tigers.
    Picture of my Nebula 

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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to Shrimpapalooza in Golden Stardust   
    One of my golden backed orange sakura girls has golden stardust!
    Or at least I hope its golden stardust, maybe some of those relfective spots migrating down from that gold stripe, and not a sign of something bad haha... But she looks nice.
    Sorry for the dirty focus, but by the time I realized my macro lens was dirty ans cleaned it she'd run away...

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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to wyzazz in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    I sell them of course!  If you're in the market for Tangerine Tigers let me know, I have a ton of them right now!
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to JSak in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    Yup! It's understandable especially when you're just getting into the hobby that people won't be able to commit to getting a whole RO/DI system or have enough money to get a huge setup. I'd guess that most of the experienced keepers/breeders became so knowledgeable through learning from their mistakes. Personally, I feel you can learn a lot more from your failures than your successes, and with shrimp I'd expect failures every now and then, so it's important not to get too defeated if something were to happen as long as you learn from it. I've been in the hobby for several years now and I still feel like I'm learning new things.
    Like wyzazz said selling or giving your extra shrimp away would probably be the recommendation from most breeders. I'm not at the point where I have that many shrimp to sell, but I do plan to in the future, more so to sustain my hobby, spread the hobby, and meet other people who're as into shrimp as I am 😆 another option is to see if your local fish store might buy them from you or maybe give you store credit in exchange for them. Selling online seems like it may be difficult at first because you'll need to build up a reputation because naturally people will compare your product and ratings to another seller who's been selling for a while. For the average hobbyist I'd recommend sticking locally if you're just looking to get rid of your excess shrimp through local clubs, fish stores, friends, etc. because it sounds like the shipping process especially can be very tricky to deal with. For example, I don't plan to sell online because the process of shipping seems to have a pretty difficult learning curve so I'm planning to just sell locally. Glad to help! It can be a pretty challenging hobby at first because they're fairly different than fish, but I think that makes it feel even more rewarding when you figure it all out and get colonies of shrimps going at a time. 
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to JSak in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    From what I've heard the tiger species seem to be the most hardy and adaptable of the Caridina species. Until recently I thought that OERBTs/OEBTs needed really hard water to thrive, but I've heard of reputable sellers/breeders keeping them in Caridina parameters with little or no KH. I've also heard that aura blues and tangerines thrive better with some KH in their water, but I have both species in purely Caridina/soft water with little to no KH and they're breeding. I can't say for certain how well they adapt to hard water, but from hearing the wider ranges of parameters that people have successfully kept and bred them in, I'd say tigers would be best to start with if you're trying to get a Caridina species in hard water conditions.
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to wyzazz in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    Yes, I keep both my Tangerines and my Aura Blues in 200TDS, gH 8-9, kH 4-5 pH 7.2-7.4.  Actually, I keep almost all of my "Tiger" shrimp in Neo Parameters.
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to JSak in Shrimp death. Should I be worried?   
    Hi! It is definitely not uncommon to have one or two shrimp die off right after adding them to a new tank due to stress, like you said. That particular shrimp may have just been weak and not showed any signs because it was living in the same conditions its whole life and experienced very little stress/change, but once it got added to your tank the stress of acclimation pushed it over the edge so to speak. That doesn’t mean that the quality of the shrimp is poor, some shrimp are born weaker than others, just like some people naturally have weaker immune systems than others and are thus more prone to getting sick. I generally try to buy at least 1 or 2 more shrimp than I want to account for any deaths that may occur. I experience deaths every once and a while even from my most reputable and trustworthy sources. Also, older, bigger shrimp are generally weaker than young shrimp because they’ve lived their whole life in the same tank and have thus adjusted to live in those parameters, compared to young shrimp that are more adaptable (I definitely prefer getting young shrimp and allowing them to grow and adjust in my tank). When did you add the shrimp?
    Another thing I noticed is that you’re using fluval shrimp stratum, which is a buffering substrate, meaning that it will keep your water soft. Neocaridina prefer hard water so it’s generally recommended to not use any kind of buffering substrate for them. That being said, I’m sure you could manage to keep them in with the soil, but they just may not do as well as if you used an inert substrate that doesn’t affect the water parameters. If you just got the shrimp a few days ago I wouldn’t be overly concerned, but I would monitor them closely. If you continue to see deaths then you may want to look into that further, but if that’s the only one it may have just been that particular shrimp. It can be difficult to determine if there is a problem without being able to test for GH, KH, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite as imbalances in those are common causes of issues with shrimp tanks, but for now I’d let the shrimp do their thing and not change anything for now, especially if you just added them, to allow them to adjust. If they continue to die you could always do a small water change in case the issue is with toxins in the water.
    One of the most important qualities to having success in this hobby is patience. I struggled with that initially, but once I figured it out I’ve had much more success and the hobby’s been much easier for me. It’s natural for us to want to change things once we see any signs of issues with our fish/shrimp, but making sudden changes may do more harm than good. It can definitely be frustrating to see shrimp die and hold yourself back from doing anything drastic, but in my experience shrimp deaths are more concerning when there’s more than 1 or 2 at a time and/or if there’s deaths that occur consistently every day or every other day. 
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to JSak in Questions about TDS   
    Hi Roborep! I'll try to throw out some ideas, but it sounds like you're doing everything right and that you're knowledgeable about shrimp keeping. Is there anything you can think of that you changed in the tank from when you had success with breeding when you first started keeping shrimp until you noticed that they weren't breeding and slowly starting to die off? 
    Also, I'm not familiar or experienced with using that kind of substrate for my shrimp, but is it an active substrate that buffers the water? If the water isn't being buffered that may be the cause of the lack of breeding as there may be fluctuations throughout the day in pH. 
    The fact that your shrimp are surviving and living for quite a while without breeding makes me think that there's something in your tank that's slightly off that's causing stress to the shrimp. Not enough stress that it's causing significant die off, but enough stress to be preventing your shrimp from breeding. The parameters look good to me so I'm not sure if there's anything there that might be causing the problems.
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to JT_Redmist in Questions about TDS   
    Hi Roborep,
    Your parameters seem to be in check.  I'm not sure what kind of substrate you're using, but how long has it been since you changed it last?  I've had some instances where I would lose shrimps, and all my param were in check.  I simply did a tank reset, and that cured the issue.  I know it doesn't answer your question, but that's what worked for me.  
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to JSak in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    One thing I'll say is that it's your money, your tank, your shrimp, and your hobby, so if you want to try to have all your Caridina adapted to tap water no one can stop you from doing it. The fun of this hobby, imo, is that it's still a relatively new hobby and we're still learning so much about shrimps and their husbandry. I have tons of ideas I want to try once I have the tank space to do so. 
    One suggestion that I thought of is that you can either start a tank with water parameters that resemble those of the breeder you get them from to properly acclimate them and reduce the initial stress from acclimating to a new tank and/or shipping. At each water change you can take out like 10% or 15% of the water and exchange it with tap water, so each time you're doing a water change you're doing a sort of slow acclimation to your tap water without a major sudden change in parameters. This may provide the least amount of stress on the shrimp and give them a better chance to adapt to your tap water over time. Just a suggestion as I feel that might give you more success than doing a single drip acclimation, and because it might be hard to find breeders who sell Caridina shrimps adapted to tap/hard water aside from the tiger shrimp species. 
    Personally, I keep my shrimp in the parameters that're recommended for the given species/type of shrimp because I want maximum breeding (I don't have any fish in any of my shrimp tanks, I use RO remineralized water, feed shrimp-specific foods, etc.). Through several years of success, failures, and watching other people's successes and failures I feel I've learned enough to be able to successfully breed many different types of shrimps, but nothing is every 100% effective, which is most evident by seeing how different successful breeders maintain their shrimp tanks. Even though there may be a lot of similarities and differences between their methods, they may both be equally successful in keeping/breeding shrimp. So I'm not going to say that I'm an expert (far from it imo), but I like to give my opinions based on my experience and anyone who reads it can take it or leave it. Ultimately, it's your hobby and I wish you success! A more hardy Caridina shrimp that's cheaper and easily accessible will only help to encourage the growth of the hobby.
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to Wakspiddlevak in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    A better question for him might be:
    > What brand of active substrate do you sell for $4 per pound?
    If you catch my drift. Lol 😂 
    The naysayers don't want Caridina shrimp adapting to tap water because they won't be able to sell their overpriced fancy dirt or magic shrimp potions, AND the prices of shrimp will go down. 
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to Shrimp Life in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    I would advise against this, I think there might be a few that will reproduce in Neo tanks but majority of caridina will NOT thrive or have a high baby survival. 
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to Wakspiddlevak in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    Yeah that's what I'm going to end up doing since  no one has any for sale atm.
    I'm doing it because I don't want to spend 4 dollars per pound for clay/humus substrate. 😁
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    Saddleback Shrimp got a reaction from Wakspiddlevak in [WTB] Tap water acclimated Caridina cantonensis shrimp   
    Yes I have 27 Tangerine tigers living in Neo waters. Around 270 tds along with my blue dreams.
    I started with 10 tigers at first, acclimated them for 24+ hrs on drip and then did the same for the rest. Caridinas can live in neo waters 200-300 tds; you just have to spend the time to acclimate them. 
    I am low on tank space, that is why I am putting cardinas with my neos. 
    Oh btw... I also have 11 stardust shrimp in the tank as well. For they dont breed with other caridinas. 
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to EverStuff in Aura Blue Crosses   
    They're just starting to breed for the first time. Some of the ones I have are from Andrew Wayne, and it's a project he's worked on for a couple years, so are pretty set in what colors and patterns they produce. The ones I have are just F1's so it's going to be a mixed grab bag what they produce. I see a few tiny solid whites- could color out as blue bolts later- some pinto striped backs on clear or tan-ish bodies. They're only a week or so old though. I really need to move them to a different tank. I love the shape of the 10g cube they're in, but the light is weak in that tank, the glass is scratched on the inside, and the curve of the glass makes taking pics really hard. 
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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to 9thdragon in JOE AQUA NOV PRESALE   
    yes u can split

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    Saddleback Shrimp reacted to 9thdragon in JOE AQUA NOV PRESALE   
    3. OE RKK eXtreme $30 / Red Devil (dark red extreme) $35 / Panda $ 25
    $35 red devil

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