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  1. Everything I've read said to dissolve 1 gram of the 222mg/g powder in x amount of water and dose 0.1g (100mg) (sorry, that was a typo before, I wrote 0.1mg/10gallons) of it per 10 gallons. I have a 2.5 gallon tank that technically holds 3.4 gallons max based on dimensions, and I've worked out that it's got 2.1 gallons of water in it if I subtract the air space, substrate (used a substrate volume calculator for that) and plants/filter. I couldn't for the life of me find anyone who could clarify if it's 0.1g of fenbendazole or of the powdered meds itself, and half the people giving dosing instructions didn't even mention how big their tanks are so it's not helpful. I did find this: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/88-shrimp-other-invertebrates/342186-fenbendazole-4-grampouches-oh-dear-hydra.html and this: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f12/step-by-step-how-to-kill-planaria-and-hydra-231872.html In the first, hambone has a three gallon, and divided a 1g pack (222mg of med) into ten piles, then divided one pile into three, and used one of those piles, and that worked. Not knowing the volume of water in her 3-gallon, that still works out to around 0.033~g (33.3~mg) powder, or 7.4mg fenbendazole, for their 3 gallon. in the second example, he has a 10-gallon. He puts the one gram (222mg fenben) of powder into 220ml of water, so each ml is 0.004545~g (4.545~mg) powder or 1mg fenbendazole. He dosed 20ml (20mg fenben) for his 10g. I dosed 0.025g (25mg) powder or 5.5mg fenben for my first dose, which I thought was a bit high given both examples, and then half that at the two subsequent doses. No water changes. That's 0.05g (50mg powder)/11mg fenben in two days for 2 gallons of water. I thought that was a lot, so I stopped there. The liquid looks to be 100mg fenben/ml, so basically I need to use double what I used to equal the liquid dosing you use? Since I haven't changed my water or added carbon yet, would it be sufficient to just add another 10mg of fenben or should I dose the whole 20mg?
  2. It's a girl! That's called a saddle. It's her ovaries, basically. When they're fertilized she'll move them down to her swimmerets and become "berried". Congrats on your first female!
  3. Hi Fi! I just wanted to chime in about being careful not to post your full real name on the internet Congrats on the berried shrimp!
  4. Hello. I had a tank full of females, then I got two berried ladies in an order from The Shrimp farm, and both their eggs hatched maybe a weekish ago, the babies are tiny but they were everywhere. I had started examining my tank with a magnifying glass a few days before they were born, and only saw an odd nematode and a harmless (not planaria) flatworm or two. Then the morning after I saw all the babies (Babies ALL over the glass one night) I saw a hydra. And another. I'd never seen one in my tank before. I have to assume I had picked them up somewhere but their population blew up when the babies were born because the hydra spread fast and I seem to have lost a ton of babies. First I sucked any I could find out with my coral feeder pipette (I don't keep corals, it's just super useful), then I dosed the whole tank with h2o2, that seemed to perk up the shrimp the next day, but didn't affect the hydra unless I hit them with it directly. Then I finally got my fenbendazole in. I took out my snail, and dosed 0.1mg/10gallons like everyone said, next morning the hydra were still there, unperturbed. So I gave them another half dose that same AM. Then that night (yesterday) I gave them another half dose. Still have hydra doing just fine. I marked where a couple of them are so I can see if they're actually dying, and am removing the rest. I know they're on my plants too, but I can't see all of them, I got what I could. I don't know what else to do, how can they be immune to fenbendazole? Just FYI my shrimp seem just fine, very active and eating well.
  5. This is the female that looks berried to me. She came out to the front of the tank for a good while this evening and let me film her 😊 I'm pretty sure I can see her fanning the eggs in this video! ☺️ She's the only shrimp I have with little orangey egg bits stuck to her tail when I can see her underside. Her color has improved, too! I really hope she doesn't drop them... Is there anything I can do to improve the odds there? final_5dd8e6705cc046001463a1e2_387647.mp4
  6. That has been suggested before, but I don't know of anyone who sells shrimp besides the stores I went to, and when I've been back I can't see any obvious males in their tanks, so either I have no idea how to tell a male on sight or they only sell girls. I'm in PDX, and I'd love more Jades, oranges, and yellows, but the most popular stores here don't sell them so I don't know if any local breeders have any. I have enough cherries right now.
  7. Yes, I've only gotten a few juveniles and only in the very beginning (it's been a few months so I believe everyone is mature now), most have been adults.I bought most of them from two local stores. I didn't know how to sex shrimps at all in the beginning, I asked them for a mix, and after I got them home realized I had all girls. Second time was similar, but another store. This time I ordered online from the Shrimp Farm. I had let them know I had no males but they sent me all females and a DOA. Still haven't heard back about the DOA. These last ones are Green Jades, but most of them are half orange. This one was the smallest and the only one that's all green. I was hoping it was a boy despite the strong coloration, but I figured it was probably female. I think one they sent me is berried, but it's really hard to tell. She's very fat and opaque, and occasionally I get a glimpse of her underside and it looks like there are eggs, but I hardly see her, she hides more than the others, and I haven't been able to observe her fanning the eggs if that's what they are. Otherwise, my water parameters are perfect according to my tests and I had both shops test too. The tank is heavily planted, they've been molting regularly, but I haven't had a single berried shrimp ever, it's been over three months now. I should probably mention, I am new to this, but my boyfriend is a longtime aquarist, he helped me cycle and test and establish my tank. It hasn't had any issues aside from them getting into the filter >.<
  8. I'm worried this one is a girl. I have about 20 shrimp now, and I keep asking for males, but I seriously think all I have are girls, and I can't keep ordering shrimp if nobody is gonna send me boys. Very frustrating I'm halfway to giving up. They're in a planted 2.5 gallon. I have bought about 40 shrimp total (again, all girls) and I noticed they were slowly disappearing, but only recently realized they were climbing up into the canister filter and getting sucked into the pump. Fixed that, haven't lost one since.
  9. I have two shrimp that don't have saddles, might be immature females but might be males. I haven't been keeping shrimp long enough to tell. I feel like I watched a ton of shrimp sexing videos but I can't tell if their tails are round enough, it seems too vague to me, I guess I don't have enough experience in that area yet 😅 Can someone assist? Thank you! (PS - I'm starting to think my LFS has no male shrimp... I suspect these are females, and indeed I think all my shrimp are girls... The rest all have saddles. I've been over there multiple times to buy any shrimp I think might be boys (more clear/less color, no saddle), but each time they either don't have any in, or they develop saddles after I take them home )
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