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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-24-2016, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Instead of bombarding the forum with shrimp threads/posts I am going to post everything in this journal and see where my shrimp take me over the next few weeks, months....years?!

To start, I got my shrimp off of ebay from someone who just opened their store and had a discount for the first person to buy their RCS. I got 8 of them for $20 total and figured it's not a terrible price. They are Sakura grade, according the seller. Well, the shrimpies arrived last week and I set them up in a 2.5 mini tank. I plopped in a few marimos and the shrimpies went nuts-o and started whirring their little food-picker-uppers.

A couple days ago I got a huge "brick" of water sprite from @AquaAurora and stuffed their tank. I am not sure if I should leave them as is or find them another tank or rearrange the one they are in. I have been feeding them algae wafers which they ate before the water sprite arrived. Now I can't find them and only get a glimpse of one here and there. (At least they are red, not green!)

I will be pureeing them kale/bloodworm snello tomorrow and see how they like it. I think I will add tums, fish flakes, frozen daphia for some mixed nutrients in the snello.

My goals right now are to have them survive, hopefully breed, give half to my sister in a few weeks down south. I would like to be able to breed higher grades out of them, selectively, and sell them.

Pics taken last week below: (Their colors are really dull in these pics, will have to take better ones soon)

before water sprite:


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the most brightly-coloured female is also the fastest

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Nice shrimp.

I notice no substrate this could result in possible ammonia spikes and parameter fluctuations (concern for sensitive shrimp ). A lot of good bacteria live in the substrate and the shrimp feed on the organisms that break the detritus in the substrate down, Its one of the reasons they play with the substrate, They are looking for food.

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I will be pureeing them kale/bloodworm snello tomorrow and see how they like it. I think I will add tums, fish flakes, frozen daphia for some mixed nutrients in the snello.
Do not overfeed your shrimp, If they are on their own forget snelo, and tums and mixed nutrients.

You have 8 shrimp the plants in the tank should easily sustain them, Well the stuff growing on them will, Every 3or 4 days you can add a bit of tropical flake, about the size of your small finger nail is heaps. Or 2 crushed shrimp pellets.

If that was a established planted tank with substrate and only 8 shrimp you would not need to feed them at all.

The biggest mistake some people make is to over feed shrimp and that results in planaria, hydra, poor water quality and dead shrimp.

Water quality is important, shrimp are sensitive to ammonia nitrites and nitrates.
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Get some dry Indian Alnond Leaf, Oak Leaf, Mulberry Leaf and put it in the tank and do not remove them let them decay in the tank, The shrimp will feed on the rotting leaves and on the organisms that are helping break down the leaves.
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Put in IAL first day :)
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I notice you like to put plants in pots in your tanks?

This will work to your benefit.

Here's what I would do. Put in about an inch of sand, This will give the shrimp something to play in, Then put in as many potted plants as you can, Also some mossy stuff is great, so is the Water Sprite ( Leave it floating ) The plants will keep the water quality great for you and bacteria and algae that grows on the pots is not only shrimp food but keeps the water clean and plants add oxygen to the water.

Drift wood and rough stones are also great, These also get covered in that slime moss and algae that shrimp eat.
The more surfaces you have for all that stuff to grow this includes live plant leaves the more your tank becomes self sustaining, You do not need to vacuum or remove dead plant matter or anything like that, Just clean the front glass and change no more that 25% of the water once a week, No short cuts here make sure your water is treated for all the nasties and is the same temp as the water in the tank. On my 5 gallon cube I change 2 liters of water once a week, I treat my water with Easy Life Fluid Filter Media and let it all sit and mix and heat for 24 hours before adding it to the tank.

Doing this by passes the cycling process with only 8 shrimp and feeding right ammonia nitrites and nitrates should be zero, When you get your new filter put it in, It will silently cycle as well as provide current air and polish the water.
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I fear I am limited by the tank's size. I will dig out a 3 gallon bowl, slightly bigger, but unless if I can have the shrimpies with the betta females, fry, and snail menagerie, I will have to play around with the small space I do have.
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Shrimpies and Bettas, Be prepared to have a few shrimp eaten,


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Shrimp will eat anything, Including the hand that feeds and cleans the tank.

and yes it tickles.
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Proof of Life

Nearly face-planted in a kritter keeper of banana worms to get these terrible pictures, but proof that as a shrimp greenhorn I did not kill them!

yet



The tank (yeah, need to spruce it up a bit and get a light)


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I bet they love it in there, With that set up remember there is no need to feed them, there is more than enough food in the tank.

I wouldn't thin that out much, 25% tops.


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