Show your shrimp!

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  1. A new day

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    There are quite a few members keeping & breeding shrimp, and an increasing variety available to us these days. So why not show your shrimp and/or shrimp setups and share (get) some tips!

    Would’ve been ideal if there was a separate forum for invertebrates (shrimp & snails) as shrimp discussions are quite scattered and difficult to find on the forum sometimes.

    Would love to see! Please add the species name (it might not be obvious to everyone), and if possible a short description / interesting facts / setup etc.
     
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  3. Pezulu

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    Neocaridina Heteropoda (Davidii)
    Red Cherry Shrimp
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    @Pezulu that’s a stunning specimen! Is it a Bloody Mary?
     
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    It's a normal RCS, just a bit higher grade than normal.
    I would classify it as a high grade Sakura or Fire Red.
     
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    I’d say defs Fire Red at the very least!
    Think you may have set the bar too high now :lol:
    Please could you post pics of your shrimp tanks also?
    I don’t have dedicated shrimp tanks but getting more and more interested in them, and might set up one in future. Have a couple of species scattered across the community tanks, will try take some pics.
     
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    Here's one of my red cherries [​IMG]

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    Ooooh nice! Another stunner, so vibrant & glowing and even the legs look red! What grade do you reckon this is?

    Edit: welcome to TASA, I see this is your first post :thumbup:
     
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    I currently run 4 tanks for shrimp.
    1 x 45L with Blue Dreams as a breeding tank.
    1 x 2ft with better quality RCS as a breeding tank.
    2 x 3ft, with 1 containing RCS and the other Blue Dreams, as grow-out tanks.

    45L Tank
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    2ft Red tank
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    3ft Red tank
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    3ft Blue tank
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    Sho that’s dedication! Lots of surfaces to graze on etc. I see (or it looks like) 2 sponge filters in some of the tanks? The blues look beautiful too, quite a deep colour.
     
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    Each tank has a Cascade HOB filter, with a sponge over the intake to prevent shrimplets from being sucked in.
    There is an additional sponge filter in each tank for added surface agitation as well as grazing place for the shrimp.
     
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    I think it's a fire red. Full red including the legs
    Thanks for the welcome.

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    Here's my tank it's a 52lt all in one.
    Along with a berried female [​IMG][​IMG]

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    Nice :thumbup:
     
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    For me as a newbie this video seems very informative with sound advice given. Wonder if the more experienced folks would agree?
     
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    The photos are of the 44L cory tank with some of the inherited Caridinas (crystal red and crystal black) that probably crossbred. I’ve added another 6 crystal reds a couple of weeks ago but probably shouldn’t have. They are more difficult to keep than neos but so far so good!

    The 44L also came with many inherited neocaridinas that have crossbred over time and are now brown. I’ve moved some of them to the 180L and about 20 to the fry grow out tank, but there are a good couple left in the cory tank. Suspect there may have been jade greens at some point as some of them have a green tinge. The shrimp are free swimming in the 44L with the corys and they seem to cohabitate well enough.

    In the 65L I have lower grade cherry shrimp, and have a couple in the pond too (in theory, I’ve only ever seen 1 at a time but the shrimp I see looks good).

    In the 180L I have a couple of amano shrimp that I only catch glimpses of every now and again.

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    I like looking at Caradina, but that is the extent of my experience with them.
    They are much more finicky when it comes to water parameters.
    Most people that breed them seriously use RO water, and aim for a specific GH, KH, pH and TDS.

    I find Neocaridina much more forgiving in terms of water parameters, and can survive where Caridina would have long given up the fight.
    When it comes to shrimp breeding as well as general fish keeping, I do things a bit differently from most other people.
    I have never tested my GH, KH or TDS.
    The pH and temperature are tested once or twice a week, to ensure there are no nasty surprises that can kill my shrimp.
    I use normal tap water, that is dechlorinated with Seachem Prime.
    In a 15L bucket I will squirt 1ml of Prime, and then fill the bucket to where it is easy to carry in the bathroom.
    From there I pour the water into my various tanks.
    It works for me.

    All tanks have a form of live plants in them.
    In the past I had so much Susswassertang I couldn't give it away.
    Now I have 1 small piece that isn't growing. (Anyone that has some to give away, I will gladly accept.)
    Anubias, Bucephelandra, Bolbitis, Java Fern and various Crypts make up the majority of the plants in the tanks.
    I have recently added some Dwarf Water Lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes) as a floating plant to get rid of excess nitrates as an experiment to a few tanks.

    Stable water parameters are much more important, than achieving the perfect statistical numbers.
    As long as the pH doesn't swing wildly, and temeratures are constant, the shrimp seem happy.
    A well cycled and established tank is more important with shrimp, than with fish.
    I will set up a tank, and let it cycle for at least 2-3 months, before adding any shrimp.
    I have never had any mass deaths with shrimp, and I believe the reason is simply that the tanks are matured, stabilised and fully cycled.

    If you do things differently and it works for you, stick with what you are doing.
    Your shrimp are happy, and at the end of the day that is what is important.
     
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    Thanks
    Thanks a mil for the extra info @Pezulu !
    Hawk said he did nothing special for the Caridinas and neither do I at this point. Suppose our saving grace is the very soft CT water. They don’t breed as prolifically as the neos, but they do apparently. I haven’t yet seen berried Caridina females though.
     
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    Now this is my kind of thread!

    Could probably post billions of photos in here but ill only share one for now.
    Super Blue bolt.

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    Got a bunch of HD pictures on my website if anyone wants to see more.
    https://bit.ly/2XE0Ohw (please remove if not allowed)
     
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    What a beaut! :thumbup:
    Edit: so do I understand correctly that the Blue Bolt is a Caridina and not a Neocaridena like Blue Dream etc?
     
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    Correct. Blue bolts are Caridina
     
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