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    5 gal Bloody Mary Shrimp Tank

    Started this tank mid August.
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    5 gallon ADA tank (got from another member on here over the summer)
    Sponge Filter with aPump Silent Air Pump (love this little pump, it's practically silent)
    Neo-Therm Aquarium Heater - Cobalt Aquatics
    Chihiros A361 Light (looking to change to Chihiros RGB light soon)
    ADA Amazonia soil
    Black lava rocks
    driftwood

    Plants:
    Marimo Moss Ball Carpet
    Subwassertang

    Bloody Mary Shrimp from JoeAqua










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    Shrimps Added

    Added shrimps in Oct.
    Two of the shrimps were fully berried. They had baby shrimp by my first week.









    Last edited by KeyeNewen; 11-20-2017 at 04:37 PM.

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    More pictures of the babies. My son and I counted 15 from the first batch. By the second batch we counted over 40 babies total.






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    Current pictures of the babies.



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    Couple more berried shrimps on the way.






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    Wow! Amazing tank. Love the moss carpet!!! I am gonna try it.

    Not many people have Bloody Mary so I would like love to know....

    1. What's your water param?
    2 Are you using RO water? If so, what are you using for re-mineralize the water?
    3. What type of food for the shrimp?

    Also, I noticed that the temp 73 degree, I think they like it higher but whatever you're doing its working
    Last edited by PhoKingGood; 11-20-2017 at 05:50 PM.

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    Thank you answers below:-)
    Quote Originally Posted by PhoKingGood View Post
    Wow! Amazing tank. Love the moss carpet!!! I am gonna try it.

    Not many people have Bloody Mary so I would like love to know....

    1. What's your water param? Last time I checked, pH at 6.8. GH 6, KH 2-3ish
    2 Are you using RO water? If so, what are you using for re-mineralize the water? Yes RO water, using Salty Shrimp GH/KH+, RO water at 4.5 TDS, remineralized to 150 TDS
    3. What type of food for the shrimp? GlasGarten Shrimp baby (1/8 a scoop almost every other day), GlasGarden Bacter AE(1/8 a scoop 2x a week), GlasGarden Shrimp Dinner 3 pellets every few days. Borneowild Ruby 1/3 a stick once a week. One Indian Almond Leaf in tank. I presoaked it in hot water for about a week changing water everday before I dropped it in there. The Alder Cones looked "cool" so I added two to the tank after soaking about a week as well. There's alot of biofilm in tank. Just finally scraped the layer of algae off the front of tank last Saturday for the ver first time.

    Also, I noticed that the temp 73 degree, I think they like it higher but whatever you're doing its working Heater is set at 76F. That el cheapo thermometer is off a bit. Only use it as quick reference point.
    Last edited by KeyeNewen; 11-20-2017 at 10:20 PM. Reason: Spellcheck

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    Awesome looking tank. I love a good shrimp tank.


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    Updated with Chihiros RGB 30cm Light

    Much happier with the Chihiros RGB light. The Chihiros A-Series light I was using before washed all the colors out. Everything now POPS more in person.






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    more babies



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    Awesome! Those are some healthy looking shrimp! Nice to see someone doing the bloody Mary’s. I think most people get introduced to shrimp with red cherries and they pass up the Bloody Mary shrimp later because they already have red shrimp, that’s pretty much why I don’t have any, lol. They are awesome shrimp though. Have you had any chocolates or carbons pop up in the offspring?


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    Thank you Kole
    Of the few batches of babies so far no chocolates or carbon. I would say about 25% looks like regular cherries. I noticed some were just very red very early while others are getting redder as the get bigger. Will cull out the cherry looking ones in a few weeks. Also take the best looking ones and move to another tank to try and breed those together. This hobby/addiction taking over my garage

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    Hey Khai,

    Your tank is looking good and the moss ball carpet is super cool. I was wondering if you use a feeding dish or just let the food fall into the carpet, would the shrimp be able to get all the food from the moss?

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    Thank you Sonny. I don't use a feeding dish currently. Can't figure how to get it to work Am I supposed to leave the dish in or remove it after every feeding? Looks ugly in the tank- I think.
    Every time I tried dropping the food down into the dish it floats somewhere else. I don't want to stick my hands in the tank because I'm afraid the shrimps might be sensitive (from some stuff I read online).
    Tried using the long tongs to hold the food to drop down as well but didn't work too well for me either.
    I think I need to purchase one of those little tube things to drop the food down onto the dish.

    Mostly feeding powder stuff right now with so many little babies. I also have two tiny Indian Almond Leaves in there just in case they need more food.

    Quote Originally Posted by PhoKingGood View Post
    Hey Khai,

    Your tank is looking good and the moss ball carpet is super cool. I was wondering if you use a feeding dish or just let the food fall into the carpet, would the shrimp be able to get all the food from the moss?

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    I haven't use a feeding dish, I was planning to get one. I think the food will sink if you hold it in the water for a few seconds so by the time the food goes down the tube it should stay in place on the dish. Anyone here know how it should work?
    Last edited by PhoKingGood; 12-07-2017 at 10:30 AM.

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    Yep, just hold the food in the water using some pinsettes for a few seconds and it will sink. Just get longer pinsettes if you don't want to touch the water yourself.
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    I just did this DIY. Used a small shot glass or small glass ashtray and a clear boba drinking straw, it worked great!



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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoKingGood View Post
    I just did this DIY. Used a small shot glass or small glass ashtray and a clear boba drinking straw, it worked great!


    i did the same thing, i combined 2 straw so it became longer. i got this tip from my friends. worked well but I am getting lazy with it so i just aim it right on top of the feeding glass.
    Iam a newbie looking for guidance from all senior

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    I went to hobby lobby, they have this “fungus culture” kit in the kids science section, it comes with 2 Petri dishes with lids, each piece can be used as a feeding dish and that makes 4 dishes. The kit costs like $4 or something and I just threw away the fungus mixture. They’re plastic but they do stay down on their own unless you have high flow. For the feeding tube to get the stuff in the dish I went to Jan’s tropical fish in Montclair and got a 3ft section of clear hard plastic tube that I cut to length. Gets the food right in the dish.


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    Forgot about them big bobba straws and petri dish. I should have some laying around somewhere. Thanks guys!

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