Mikolas Posted September 24, 2017 Report Share Posted September 24, 2017 Hi all, I am a returning hobbyist after having quit for a few years (just kept some 20 gallons barely operational). Previously, I had attempted to breed both caridinas/neos unsuccessfully in Buffalo, NY. The only thing that thrived did well were cherries, and snowball shrimp. My caridinas (OEBT, tigers, CRS and CBS) and neos such as neon yellow, orange, blue velvet, would also die. Once I transitioned to NYC, I had attempted dream blues and also could not keep them alive. The Dream Blues/OEBTs seem to die attempting to molt or when they were berried. Seeing them berried pretty much meant that they would die before hatching. Water was just tap water conditioned with seachem prime, no CO2, no R/O. Towards the end, it seemed the best way to keep them alive was "minimal interference". I only topped off water, and fed once every few/several days. This didn't ultimately work, but they stayed alive longer. Now that I'm back, at the recommendation of a friend, I have decided to try dirted/soiled tanks. Specs are below: 4x 20 gallon longs 2x 40 gallon longs Substrate - Organic Soil on bottom, sand on top. Plants - Subwassertang, Swords, Anubias, Willow Hygro, Mint Charlie, Crypts, Vals, Crypts, Frogbit, Salvinia Cullcuta, Wisteria, Java Fern, marimo moss, banana plant. I have just gotten some flame moss and weeping moss and will be trying to make carpet/walls for the first time (in hindsight I did not have much of any moss in my shrimp tanks before). Ornaments - Manzanita or other driftwood depending on tap Filter - Aquaclear (with sponge on intake and Hydro sponge filter per tank Lighting - 20 gallon longs have 2x 14 watt T5 NO 6.7k bulbs raised to around 16 inches, 40 gallon longs are somewhat to be determined but currently a 2x 54 watt T5 HO (about 18 inches above) and 1x 54 watt T5 HO (about 20 inches above) I have cycled them and bought two shrimps so far. Dream Blue shrimp - 20 gallon long Sakura Red shrimp - 40 gallon long with Opaline Endlers (I understand I may incur some shrimplet losses) - I cannot provide the status of these yet as they've only been in for a day. Cherries seem fine, dream blues aren't as active as the cherries. I cannot personally vouch for the exact water parameters, but a caridina shrimp breeder here in NYC told me the following today. 7 PH, 40 TDS, 2 GH, 0KH. He stated that since NYC water is very clean and soft, neos have a tougher time as they prefer harder water, but it's ideal for caridinas (can somebody confirm this?). If this is the case, it may perhaps explain Dream Blues in NYC died? Just conjecture. I am also looking to purchase orange neos, bloody mary, and may eventually consider mixing the tank with caridinas if the water is actually preferred, but I'm traumatized when I think back on how much $ I lost before on OEBTs and high grade CRS. As I'm concerned about the water "hardness" and molting/berried related deaths from before, I purchased Iodine and mineral rocks. I've also been recommended crush coral. Could somebody clarify if any of these products are necessary (or other supplement suggestions), and if so, please provide specific instructions (how many rocks, how many drops, how much crushed coral, etc). This time around, I would really like to make this work and would appreciate any tips/advice. Thanks! Pic of set-up below. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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