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Everything posted by OhKay13

  1. I’ve always been told to have patience. Especially since the shrimp are normally expensive it would suck to have an ammonia spike and loose all your stock. So I waited until the tank was fully stable for at least a week before adding them. Using an instant start would likely speed up the process though. Plus if your going to plant it, it gives your plants time to root before your shrimp start rummaging through them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. And this is my tank! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hello! And welcome. I am not a veteran shrimp keeper but I can tell you my experience so far. I’ve kept fish as well but shrimp are very different, however not any more difficult. The only thing I might add is you definitely need some polyfilter. And make sure you get your shrimp from a breeder you know (I use Rachel O’Leary). And also start with a breed of neos that is a little “older” or more developed. This just diminishes the chance of interbreeding and likewise hypersensitivity to changing water parameters. It filters out all impurities and the color change even indicates what it’s filtering out. I have had 10 golden rod neos since September. A few losses over the months but nothing out of the norm. They are in a 5 gallon with a hang on the back filter. There was already a fine mesh sponge over the filter intake. In the filter I have some ceramic filter media, the activated carbon filter that came with it, and a strip of PolyFilter which I replace once a month. I have some Aquasoil (low ph) and rocks high in calcium and other shrimp safe minerals (high ph) in the tank as well as some spider wood. It’s heavily planted with a mixture of slow growing and fast growing plants, mosses, and floating plants. I also use it to start my plant cuttings. I let the tank cycle for a month until the water parameters stabilized for at least 2 weeks. My water parameters have stayed stable since. My tank is placed on an inner wall on my desk to keep the tank at a stable temperature. The shrimp I got were breed by Rachel O’Leary in her outdoor tubs so I know that they are pretty sturdy for the most part. I use my tap water which is neutral and has a low TDS (my apartment building has a surprisingly good water filtration system). So far 2 of my older females have had 3 clutches and all the shrimplets are doing very well! Hope this helps! Here’s some helpful sites and you tubers I use: https://www.aquariumcreation.com/blogs/news/neocaridina-shrimp-water-parameters http:// https://www.theshrimpfarm.com/index.php Rachel’s website: http:// https://msjinkzd.com Youtubers: Rachel O’Leary Marks Shrimp tanks Aquarium Co-op Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Those look just like my neos. Sorry man. That’s a real bummer. But at least it’s still a gorgeous shrimp. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Hello all! So I’m new to shrimp keeping. I got 10 golden rod neos in September from Rachel O’Leary. So far everything has been great. 3 hatches from 2 of the older females. But we noticed today that the largest one who has had 2 of the clutches is a little cloudy and sluggish. She molted well today and didn’t look like it caused her any trouble. She gets away from males pretty well still. She doesn’t have any holes in her exoskeleton or any missing limbs so I don’t think it’s a bacterial infection. Other shrimp are also exhibiting the same symptoms, and some are totally fine. I did a full water change just in case. The shrimplets are all alive and well as well. Could they just be getting old? PH=7.5 Temp=70 *no GH, KH, or TDS tester yet - any recommendations for this would be appreciated Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Update. She’s still alive but looks like she has a lot of internal damage. I think she just ate the molt that came off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I want some! That’s super cool. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. So I’ve been watching this female for a while. I knew she was going to molt soon in order to breed. Her color was spotty and I could see each egg individually in her saddle. All the boys molted yesterday just fine. I moved her to a make-shift breeder box because the boys won’t leave her alone and have attempted to eat her. It looks like she was able to get her abdomen out but now her tail is stuck. Can I assist her somehow? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Hello! This is my first shrimp tank and so far so good! Aside from the explosion of detritus worms. So far they haven’t been harming the shrimp. Aside from water changes any advice? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Thanks man! It looks like several others are getting ready to molt so hopefully they all are successful. Cheers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. It was a false alarm! He just needed to molt. I found the molt and the squishy shrimp. All is well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Soooo update. It’s still alive and I’m confused. Could it just be in premolt? And another is looking lethargic and cloudy too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I actually ended up getting my BA in archaeology because I decide I liked people more. I’m actually working on getting my PHD in archaeology now! So I’ve strayed a bit. Haha Alrighty. So patience.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. That totally makes sense. Luckily I started my education in Forensic Genetics so I have a decent understanding of genes and gene health (just not with shrimp) lol How long before I might start to see babies?? I put the shrimp in on Tuesday. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. My rule of thumb is that the first week after receiving shrimp is the critical period when most shrimp would die, but once you make it through the first month the shrimp should be adjusted by then and any deaths after that are more likely indicative of issues with tank parameters, parasites, etc. Thank you! This is super helpful. That is interesting that yellows have issues. I know that “pure” high grade shrimp tend to have issues in general so I got a mix of different grades to diversify the genetics a bit. Do you think that will help? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. @JSak thank you this! This was very helpful. I notice my water going softer over time. I put some pulverized eggs shell in (mostly for the shrimps to nom on but also for PH) and that seemed to help keep it steady over the week. Luckily my tap PH is right at 7.5. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. I also got my shrimp from a local, home-bred source. She had been breeding them in a tub in her green house which was super fruitful. I have a 4 gallon tank, and fluval substrate. drift wood, pumice, and granite for grazing surfaces. I also left the light on over night the night before they came to grow some algae on the glass surface for them to graze (cleaned the front so I could see them). And here is the tank, the healthy shrimp, and the not so healthy shrimp. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. I just started a planted tank. I gave it a month to cycle and for the plants to take root and get comfy. Once everything looked good and the PH was stable for about a week I added 10 yellow neos. Today one is not looking great. It’s on its back and twitching. Everyone else is awesome. Eating, pooping, happy shrimps. Is this something I should worry about? I expected to maybe get some casualties in adding them because of stress and what not. PH 7.5, de-chlorinated tap water Some pest snail companions I don’t have any fancy water testers for TDS and KH(frankly I don’t have a lot of money for that) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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