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    geektomís first shrimp tank

    Confession: I have always been envious of you shrimp keepers.

    Well, thanks to getting really lucky at the January 2019 meet, I picked up some sweet beginner-friendly red rili for a really good deal, won the perfect amount of substrate, and then also won an even more awesome tank to keep them in!

    The tank I won was way too big for my allowed space, however- so I traded it to Kole for the 4 gallon cube he won, which is the *perfect* size for my space.

    Other than some T.C. Monte Carlo, I had everything else sitting around, so I was able to put this together in about an hour last night.

    Temperature feels low at only 71-72, but the shrimp are happily moving around, active but not stressed as far as I can tell, and took right to the food sample I got from Robi. I have a tiny heater in there, but can upgrade to a more powerful one if I need to. Used water and plants from the existing tank, along with some fast-start bacteria, so hopefully the cycle should be ok with just 6 shrimps (so far) in the 4 gallons.

    Wish me luck and many babies!



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    Good luck! I'd be nervous putting shrimp in a tank with brand-new substrate, hope they do well for you. It is a really cute little tank.

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    Remember slow dripping your shrimp is best

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayo View Post
    Good luck! I'd be nervous putting shrimp in a tank with brand-new substrate, hope they do well for you. It is a really cute little tank.
    Normally I would be, too. I added a layer of existing substrate under the new stuff, and (supposedly) the substrate I won does not put out ammonia- I am keeping a close eye on it, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by regormang View Post
    Remember slow dripping your shrimp is best

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    Good to know- I acclimated them slowly using water from my existing tank, as I knew that is what I would use to fill the cube, but I have to admit it wasnít a drip. None of them seemed shocked, and everyone is nice and active today, so hopefully I did ok.
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    Looks great Tom.

    The only thing I would mention is that seiryu as you probably know leeches KH. That's not a big deal for neos on a biological level (they supposedly do better in hard water and keep some in a seiryu tank myself) but it can be an issue if the particular source of your shrimp are used to softer water.

    A lot of shrimp breeders will keep one color strain of neos with another of caridina in caridina parameter water to maximize the number of breeds they carry. I've had trouble in the past adapting this sort of stock to my water even though I use supposedly ideal neo parameters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Good to know- I acclimated them slowly using water from my existing tank, as I knew that is what I would use to fill the cube, but I have to admit it wasnít a drip. None of them seemed shocked, and everyone is nice and active today, so hopefully I did ok.
    It should be ok! Especially since they're neocaridina. Looks awesome! can't wait to see the colony

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    Awesome tank! Gredival makes a really good point. I purchased some fire reds from Blue Crown and half survived the transition. I did the slow drip acclimation. I have a 20 gallon with various red cherries including fire reds so I was confused. But then I realized that Robi from BCA keeps his Neos in softer water. I would confirm by giving them a call. Anyways, good luck and cool tank! I always like the small scapes better because of easy maintenance.

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    Hey all! First update since the tank was new!

    Good news: lots of babies!

    Bad news: tank looks like crud!

    Most of the Monte Carlo melted (as you can see) and the super healthy S. repens I planted from my own tank also died pretty quickly.

    Never saw an ammonia spike, but Nitrates were *crazy* high for the first couple of weeks. Must have been the new substrate. I have only used a 50/50 mix of my existing tank water and filtered water.

    Looks like I am getting some diatoms now, which I am cool with, since it tells me there is a normal cycle happening.

    Little bit of algae too, as you can see. Once diatoms are done, I will replant the foreground and that should bring it back into balance.

    None of this seems to have affected the shrimp- I have only lost 1 adult, the rest seem to be doing great, and I have little babies everywhere!

    The other weird thing- the shrimp ignore *every* food I have put in there. I have tried 3 different shrimp pellets, the food blue crown gave out, regular flake, algae wafers- it all just sits there for hours until I finally take it out.

    I canít figure out what they are eating other than whatever biofilm has managed to establish itself in such a short time.









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    Very cool hardscape! I know itís only one rock but itís bada$$


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    Quote Originally Posted by the.under.ground View Post
    Very cool hardscape! I know itís only one rock but itís bada$$


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    Thanks! Itís actually 3 small pieces, but I wanted it to look like 1 piece.
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    No major updates here- but everyone is doing fine!



    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    I am going to be drowning in babies, soon. Can you see how many are berried?

    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    thats a good problem to have Tom lol my bloodymary have shut down on breading for a while now dont know what there issue is

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    Check Nitrate levels and water temp. If your water temp is about 74, they should start to breed. If lower than than 70 degrees they slow down. 10% water changes weekly helps them molt and breed.

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    thats a good problem to have Tom lol my bloodymary have shut down on breading for a while now dont know what there issue is

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    Breakfast time!

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    Looking good! What do you feed them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayo View Post
    Looking good! What do you feed them?
    Dannerle pellets


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    Thanks to the meet today, the red rili will be moving into a new home in about 4-5 weeks!

    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    This is why they need a new home- *more* babies!

    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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