I have PRL babies!!!
thread here and a few more pics
Such a relief that the tank is okay!
Getting ready to move the Cardinals into the 80G today.
Fed baby brine shrimp and ALL the fish were excited!
Did the pwc on the PRL tank when I saw the babies!!!
Wine glass and Bee shrimp pwc too.
I'm still researching about Bee shrimps, food, water. also RO-Water-Unit.
Thank you Arthur. Hope you find a good match for shrimp.
Glassgarten is very good and Cologne shrimp food I have not used but is highly regarded.
I thought about shrimp, did a small pwc on the PRL tank.
Wondering where my shrimp from the 2nd package are? Wondering if I should get some Red, Blue or Orange, Neos too.
Iíve been getting my shrimp food from Meadowview Aquatics. Shrimp love all the foods, reasonably priced and you get SHRIMP STICKERS! Lol
Still excited every time I see those shrimp babies, lol. A sight to behold.
Anyway, a happy day as I did a bit of maintenance and watched the fish. The 48" Ecoxotic arrived yesterday and I put it up today and wow, as one might say the difference is like night and day. The colors really are vivid and the light gives a little shimmer to the water and it is great.
In looking at the data, when these lights came out before around 2012 this size was $400-500ish. Quality made and for $49.99 a steal deal includes shipping :) I might even order another 24" - for the future.
pwc on the wine glass so I could water all the plants. Did a 2G water change. And moved about 12 male Guppies to the 72G. Thjey are just too much activity with so many, for the Betta.
Yesterday got the 12G Edge more than half emptied and switched the white base, back filter housing and top installed.
So now it looks so much prettier matching the stand. The old glass /tank part is still there.
New tank will need to get set up too and it will be for cycling the substrate.
In the mean time, I have found someone working on a special Taiwan Bee shrimp project and he has a bunch of very fun looking Bee shrimp culls. So I plan to check them out and pick up a dozen for the Bee shrimp tank project.
Did the daily water change on the Endler momma 5G bucket, new day new bucket of clean water!
The fish store only wanted males as they are the ones which sell better.
So...What to do now with them!
The next thing is figuring out which substrate to use for the shrimp tank
Picked up the last 2 packs of tissue culture Dwarf Hair Grass. This will be for the new shrimp tank build. Will be looking toward the tank to be a simple plan, with DHG a few stones.
I have a fun piece of DW so it may be included as well.
Considering the tanks and which inhabitants will be in there...
Thinking that the new tank set up will be the PRL tank 12G Edge. New tank to be absolutely sure the tank doesn't have any other Caridina leftover shrimp crossbreeding.
Hard time deciding these tank and shrimp logistics because I rather the Taiwan Bee tank be the simple scape since many will have unique patterns and varying colors, it seems it would be more fun to observe these easily and compare patterns and colors.
The 7 Dwarf Pencilfish, Nannostomas Marginatus went into the 30G Waterbox tank, had been in the Bee Shrimp 12G tank. Think I forgot to mention that.
30G Waterbox has one lone sneaky Guppy I haven't caught yet. With the Pencilfish and then about 5 Pygmy Cories. I will add a handful of Male Guppies and Endlers and during feeding capture the female and put her into the 72G.
That will add some activity and color, the Pencilfish are neutral colored and hide (more than normal) if there aren't fish swimming around.
Still considering making the Waterbox a SW tank. That would save me money and not need to buy a new SW tank, and keep the number of tanks in line with my goal. Uhg, the struggle is real, lol!
I made a comparison pictureAttachment 318023
I'v ordered. Red Bee 3 band Grade B K 2-4.
Now I'm waiting.
Tried to make it to the far away lfs to look at their fish and stones. But something else came up and never made it!
Hoping to get my assorted Bee shrimp culls tomorrow.
The Guppies / Endlers are starting to get me feeling anxiety again. There are about 110 small to adult and approximately 70-100 tiny 1-3 day old newborn babies... :hide: Probably 100, they were everywhere in the Hornwort. Every time I looked around a bunch of it(floating at the top) there were more, and more! :facepalm:
Ultum controsoil + flourite red and black sand as substrate.
Seacehm excell, flourish, potassium and iron (iron every 2 weeks or so)
Sat and looked at it with my head in my hands and tears in my eyes (and there isn't even any water in there yet lol).
What seemed like a nice easy set up has degenerated into me being too perfectionist (You sure you want that there? When its full of water and fish and plants its too late to change it then!!).
Problems with canister filter (Eheim tank with cut outs at the back for hoses but mine have clamps and have nothing to grip to). Now have many extended suckers to clamp them buggers down!!
Queued for an hour and a half today to get the background that I forgot after queuing for two hours on Saturday :banghead:
Deliberating about bogwood placement and when i tire of that driving myself crazy with researching online what are ABSOLUTELY the best plants/mosses/cleaners/tankmates for me.
Anyway, hello from a new member and I may have something to post about my tank in the next month or so :lol:
To be fair, I am not in a hurry as I want it right first time.
Aim to have wood and water in place by this weekend, have plants in place by the weekend after and will then put a few tetras and cleaners in to start the biological filtration going.
Then will see how the plants are doing and if they are growing in OK give it another couple to three weeks before I decide on which supplier to get the fish from :)
Think, Love your tank, not have a perfect tank.
There are variables for different water parameters and fish and whether you use CO2 and which lights, etc. So perfect may not be the same from one tank to another.
Unless this tank is intended to be entered in an international competition there will not be a "perfect" tank.
Perfection defined is also different to different people. Relax. Enjoy the building process and the staging and making a list (if you like lists) of goals or objectives. What other people love doesn't always make the perfect tank. It is what you love.
Another reason people have more than one tank, because sometimes one tank can't fulfill all you love. :flowers:
Several days ago I tried to save the latest batch of Cory Cat eggs. The Guppies were going crazy finding eggs to eat like an Easter egg hunt.
The Cories laid eggs on appx. 5 leaves and on about 6 different spots (maybe trying to foil the dim Guppies).
As I tried a couple ways to remove the Cory eggs, I was being attacked by voracious Guppies, mostly getting nipped by the big females!!! The Guppies went crazy for the eggs which were lost to the current. :facepalm:
It looks like the saved eggs are mostly white. Air bubbler and changing water every other day.
Went to the farther away lfs looking for some stones and maybe fancy Goldfish and Ember Tetras and Chili Rasboras... just checking on what was available.
They were out of stock on baby Brine shrimp (frozen). I bought Cyclops and a pack of Rotifers.
None of the fish I was checking on.
Got a couple Dragon / Ohko stones.
Been considering the possibility of making the 72G a fancy Goldfish tank. I was looking at it and thinking that it is not at the potential and happiness factor which I would wish for. (light heartedly commenting, but really a little twinging of anxiety issues every time I see toooooo many Guppies in there.)
No one wants them!
(sorry in advance if this bothers anyone) Had been considering which bigger fish could live in there to nibble on some tiny fry to limit the population. But I will work a little harder and lower the prices locally to find them homes.
Decided maybe a different direction would be a better, the fancy GF. I have a super huge amount of filtration in that tank and it seems it would be great. Need to change the substrate though, and I was going to change half the substrate for the Cories anyway!
Was going to say, my other issue was not receiving my 6 mixed Bee shrimp with the other part of my order. It has been a month since the order and not got any information on the details of when the other shrimp would be arriving.
I emailed asking, and then nothing for a week, then a email again asking a week after that, and now basically asking why on earth they would ignore a repeat customer who has been kind to them on social media and would continue to be a customer... very puzzling and always I have been very polite and kind about the whole thing. Very annoyed tbh. They still have my money as well.
My Beeshrimps are well arived.
The water KH 0,5; pH 6.
I tryed to provide it. The tank is KH 2,3; pH6,6.
Itis a bit dark. humincolor.
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I put another bag of sand in it and finally connected the canister filter.
Also furtled around in the spare room and found a box of extra wood to spend days considering.
Still no water but gently does it, don't want to peak this early in the process!! :cool:
Very pretty shrimp, they look healthy! Thank you for sending pics! I love seeing them.
Found my Albino Pleco dead. :( She was always hiding in the Pleco cave and in the DW like a normal BN pleco and would come out to eat when I fed the wafers and Carnivoire pellets. She was probably 7 years old. I guess the life span is about normal - 5 years lifespan, and some reports of 12 yo says the internet.
Our family had a human baby arrive yesterday and things have been crazy getting things ready for this happening. (not me btw, lol) All is well and quite beautiful :thumb:
So back to fish tanks now.
Will be pulling out some things to sell locally. Our CAS will be postponing the fall auction - already skipped the spring auction as well. There is a website for selling, similar to an auction, getting opened up, and (now buy, sell and swap site for everyday around the area for CAS members) that will help.
Already though I do not have buyers for the Guppies and Endlers.
I will find someone who needs a project, I am sure.
Still looking at the fancy Goldfish. I love them and having an appropriate Koi pond is not an option right now.
We fed some pond snails to the Yoyo and Clown Loaches only maybe 20 little ones last night. They were really excited! Started feeding a little less than my usual over feeding.
But hope to use more frozen foods and up the premium nature of the foods, focusing on the fish wellness. These last months / year or so, have been purchasing different foods I haven't used yet. There are so many options and of course the people using them feel they are great, or are getting paid to promote them.
There are a few more which I would like to try. But getting close to the end of new foods which I know about.
A local hobbyist has some baby Albino BN Plecos, and I am thinking of a trio. The space is not enough for more happy little guys. Also will be rehoming a small number of Endlers. Finding a home for a light and some Java Fern as well.
Needing to post some more things locally!
Hoping to get my Taiwan mixed Bee shrimp picked up soon from another local hobbyist.
So far it looks like a couple Black King Kongs, a couple yellow King Kongs. Blue Shadow Pandas ~5, and low grade BB Blue Bolts and one Mosura Blue Bolt.
Basically shrimp shopping and quality and price comparing!!! And trying to decide which tanks, which critters will go in and which order to do it. Same ole same ole.
Breaking News Alert - 5 minutes ago...
Just when I thought I was pretty settled, the offering of Royal Blue Orange Eye Blue Tiger shrimp just popped up for sale. These are the shrimp reason I started keeping shrimp. circa 2012 I wanted these beautiful blue Jewels with Orange Sakura shrimp in the same tank. (now I know that parameter combo might not be ideal but wow, so very beautiful.) I am tortured right now! Oh agony. It's just money right?
Still looking for a tank to switch the SW too.
Did a couple pwc's.
Put in an offer on 3 Glass Cats and 6 Silver Hatchet fish, waiting to hear back.
Picked up 16 cool looking new shrimp
The first group from the local hobbyist is here. 16
5 Shadow Panda 1 berried!!!
1 Blue Mosura /BB
2 Red Bolt medium
2 Yellow KK small
1 Fancy Black Tiger
1 PBL female berried
They look great I am so blessed - and happy. The guy threw in the 2 Red Bolts and the $20.00 fancy Tiger. He is clearing out a few tanks, one tank is the OEBT. I decided I didn't want to get an additional specific Orange Eye Blue Tigers tank. :(
I told him to keep me in mind if he needs to find homes for more odd ball / or Bee shrimp. :) Also he has a bunch of plants ne wants to move, so I will be getting some pics for those. I will give him some Subwassertang next time I see him as he doesn't have it yet.
Found homes for about 20 Guppies Endlers. Only 180 more to go, lol!
They are getting rehomed tomorrow and I will get a few Albino Pleco Babies.
And maybe found a taker for a big bunch of Hornwort! The great fish and plant swap.
Will be taking a few Cherry shrimp to the lfs Wed.
Decided to use the Brightwell FlorinVolcanit Rio Escuro-XF, (I have to cut and paste that every time!!!)
Pondering scape ideas.
Wonderfull shrimps You got.
Now my Bee shrimps are acclimatet. As start I lost twoo. But I done the first WC. 10 Liter. I found some small shrimplets in the gravel of filter. Also past suction the sand. They have no color. May be the colore comes later.
Depending upon the substrate color they tend to be more pale when on lighter sand and stones, and more vibrant with a black, or darker substrate.:thumb:
How exciting about the babies! :dance:
If you have a hang on the back filter, is there a prefilter sponge on it? You can make a barrier with filter pad, or a sponge on the intake to keep them safe from getting sucked into the filter.
Tomorrow I will load a couple pics.
They got acclimated to the water and then are swimming around looks all well so far.
We will have to try counting them tomorrow too amongst the other big bunch of shrimp which were already in the tank.
Removed a bunch of small MTS from that tank and did a 3G pwc.
And was excited to see there were a number of nicely berried Golden Bees and Red Bolts. The Pencilfish are gone and should have better fry survival this time!
It's a DIY filter. Just gravel. Grains 6 to 8 mm.
For the weekly cleaning, I pour the gravel into a bowl. In a small amount of the same water. I keep the first broth. There are young shrimp in it.
The filter gravel is then washed with tap water.
When vacuuming the sand, young shrimp are also drawn into the suction.
I decant the suction water. I take care that no shrimp are spilled.
I pour the last of the dirt with the vacuumed shrimp and the broth from the filter gravel into a white bowl and turn the water.
There is a pile of dirt in the middle. I suck it off with a thin hose (air hose).
I swish the clean water and the small shrimp and pour it back into the tank.
As with my other shrimp. But with more caution.
Got the 2 pwc's on the bigger tanks
60% on the 72G
and 50% on the 80G
Still doing same routine pwc with the PRL shrimp
PWC on wine glass and 12G Edge.
30G Waterbox was a couple days earlier.
But all done except the SW, which is getting one tomorrow.
Then off to the lfs for some more RO and SW.
Got some Guppies and Endlers rehomed.
I have someone coming for a gob of Hornwort. Then I would also be taking a pile down to the lfs.
In the backyard under the deck were probably 10 small containers, Trenta Starbucks cups and buckets with some plants, Hornwort, moss and things which were removed during maintenance or shutting down a tank, or moving things around.
Now I have one small cup of Hornwort (just to make sure there isn't any hair algae on it - it was dark when I got to that container, lol) and a 3G jar of misc plants and snails. All else was put away. 3 bags of substrate all dried now and rezip bagged for the future.
Emptied the kid pool of soaking DW and put it away. The driftwood Cypress knees went out to be a yard decoration for awhile.
The double log went to the 80G it is still floaty, one side has a hole all the way through and since it is horizontal rather than like a tree grows vertically, the Yoyo loaches are having fun swimming through it and nom-ing on the slime coat from sitting in still water.
The newest one which was for the new 12G Edge, I tried to temporarily add to the old Edge but couldn't get it in there with the filter on the tank, for sure and maybe not at all :blink: We'll see, but I didn't have time to take the filter off all the way.
It is in the 80G to wait out the new 12G Edge tank start, maybe even tomorrow.
Shopped for a new / used cube or other rimless SW tank but nothing matched up all the way. Had one a little bit close. But I didn't "love" it, so I probably should wait till the "love it" feeling hits, and it is cheap enough to afford.
All new Bee shrimps seem to be doing well.
Also picked up 3 more Glass Cats and 6 Silver Hatchets from a local hobbyist changing his tank inhabitants, these are for the 72G. All seem to be doing okay!
Today I put in a request from a seller for some special fish. appx. 20 hyphessobrycon wadai very rare to find for sale around where I live. So hoping it works out. They will be for the 72G if it works out.
My other shrimp tanks
Thanks for greetings!
50% pwc. My water pump that I use to perform pwc died, so I just used the regular drain method... Took a lot longer to drain, filled faster.
A Dwarf Gourami got stuck behind the filter intake and died a couple days ago. So now I'm down to only one.
I didn't see the Amano shrimp this time, but the Trumpet Snails are proliferating.
Been keeping up on pwc's, did the 30G Waterbox 35G (in 3 rounds) sand vac and water change in preparation for the NEW fish!
Hyphessobrycon Wadai / Wadai Tetra / Blueberry Tetra - not to be confused with colored glofish. These come from the upper Rio Tapajos River Brazil. Described and named around 2016 (though seems was kept in Brazil before that). Made available from breeding in Germany (called Blackberry Tetra) to the aquarium trade mainly starting in 2018. Named in honor of Luis Wadai of Brazil.
This is a still rarely found fish in the USA. This group came originally from Wetspot (purchased by me from another hobbyist).
They are subtly beautiful and already showing / getting their color back after a tough morning getting captured which required the draining of their tank
:eek: and driven around for a couple hours. There were around 23 one baby was tilting sideways and didn't seem to make the transition of capture well. It did swim only to float like it was dead again. So not likely gonna make it. All the rest are lively and a bit shy if they think I am trying to get a pic of them!
Here in the video you can see the hint of blue in a couple of the new fish. And also happy to see the Dwarf Pencilfish come out! I caught all but 2 males Guppy/Endlers I think you can see them maybe too.
Better pics than mine
These are really active fish and I used self sticking plastic wrap over the top of the tank to keep them from jumping out as I was told they are active fish and jump during feeding. He would literally stand in front of his tank and try and catch the jumpers while they ate, hahaha.
After they QT they will go to the 72G. It will be kinda stocked then. The 72G already has all the gaps taped up because of the Hatchet fish. I was told they will eat small fish, so I will make a 2 week effort to rehome the Endlers and Guppy mommas and babies.
The Wadai, might eat the future babies (was told they ate small Chili Rasboras), which would help keep the population down. So we'll see.
There about 5 pretty tail, sharp mommas which I would like to keep but won't if the population isn't kept in check. The lfs doesn't want many.
Got a bunch of pics to add tomorrow or the next day. Beautiful Bee shrimp, and some SW mainly.
Getting close to tank goals. Probably 3 more months out yet, but close. There is a regional hobbyist raising beautiful Red Fancy Tiger shrimp and I will get some in the future!!!
Also the SW hunt for the right tank continues!
One of the local Hobbyists is breeding Bronze Cories and I might pick up some of their next batch. I want to change the Eco complete in the front of the tank to sand soon.
Maybe a few more Hatchets too. I was told they aren't imported / wild caught and only raised on farms here USA... not sure about it. They are Silvers but really look gold, goldish/silver.
Shrimp party, social distancing?
Appetizers and snacks at the prefilter
Algae all you can eat salad bar - all the rage these days in the shrimpy circles
Please pardon the blur to get the closer crop
Filet of Cuttlebone for the main course
Rush for the dessert bar
Levitating shrimp act - booking dates still available for the holidays
Hope this could brighten your day /evening! :thumb:
These pretty and active shrimp brighten mine.
Spent some time separating some items to get rid of locally, and have a ton more to as well.
Fishes and shrimps are looking well, it is time for water changes too. Did the wine glass yesterday 2 gallons, 1G a few days prior and 1G yesterday. I use the pwc water for watering the plants.
My 3G glass moss jar was getting some die off due to mineral crusts forming on and around the DW and the edges. Decided to give it a clean out. So much better now!
Did a refresh for the Isopods containers as well. A bunch of autumn leaves from the trees and some bark chunks. They completely chewed up and "composted" the previous to dust.
This pic of the moss jar back in April.
Then before refreshing - crispy crunchy "burned"
After refresh and rinsing / putting in the same exact type but different jar.
Trading some plants for some Golden Mystery Snails here in town.
Going to do a SW pwc and buy a new food at the lfs, as well as a frozen food for the Mandarin Goby plus RO and SW.
Order some food and deworming flake food online as well, pretty much used up all my empty packages! So we can start with some fresh stuff.
Got to see a bunch of my PRL shrimp all together yesterday and found there are really still 14 shrimp. I always freak out when I can't see more ten!
There were these plus the other 4 in the tank, Whew!
Wonderfully shrimp pics. I will be inspired.
Basic stuff, got some foods - 2 frozen and pellets of Fluval Bug Bites Color Enhancing Community food and same ole Hikari omnivore wafers and Crab Cuisine.
They didn't have NorthFin at either store I went to, so I will maybe buy it online. Read through some of the types they offer and it seems some of my favorite ingredients are in there. It says no fillers but they seem to have wheat flour in many of them...??? But the other stuff in there is good and I already have foods with wheat and the fish are okay.
Got the dozen Golden Mystery snails from a local hobbyist who had a half grown clutch. They are awesome and busily cleaning all over the place! I had one in the 12G shrimp tank, 3 in the 30G Waterbox, and the rest in the 72G.
Did the extra pwc amount on the PRL tank. Added 5 Alder Cones. Fed a bit of Snow and a food I found in the back of the drawer, I forgot about. New unopened.
Got the SW and RO water.
Found my Salty Shrimp re-mineralizer and have to double check which one I have vs. which one I need.
Have to get some of the dried leaves (gradually added) into all the tanks. Banana, Guava, IAL, 2 Oak types and a couple Maple types.
3G on 12G Edge moved the cleaned up Bolbitis and put in the Amazon Sword for some cleaning in the shrimp domain. Removed about 40 MTS.
40G on the 80G Innovative Marine, cleaned and added new filter pad media to capture floating debris, polishing filter and nitrate filter pad (coarse pad).
15G on the 30G FW Waterbox
80G - 2 x 40G on the 72G bowfront Cleaned the polishing filter pad on the AC 110 filter. Tank where the Bolbitis went.
2G on Wine Glass
.75G on the PRL shrimp cleaned the prefilter
1.5G on the 5G Spec V QT tank
all but the SW. but added SW and RO because it wasn't full from the last pwc when I was out of SW water
Keeping busy and sooooooo strong hauling the added water to the tank from buckets.
Out for a stroll during the pwc!
Found 2 Mystery snails on the floor in front of the 30G Waterbox tank. They squiggled under the plastic wrap. I am having a house project taking up my time this week but will be getting the actual thinner but a little weighty acrylic to make a cover. Will order the clips tonight.
The Mandarin Goby will come out to the side of the tank to get fed when he's hungry. I am so thankful he will eat regular foods. I am using frozen Marine Cuisine and similar foods along with some prepared baby Brine shrimp. There are pods as well, and I get them delivered periodically along with phytoplankton for the pods, lol, never ends the dollars one can spend.
Yesterday spent some time looking at online Bettas for sale. There were about 4-5 real beauties I found. Too busy atm, so if they are still around this next week.... maybe will order something. Maybe not. This is the time of year I like to get something because the weather is still not too bad. Since there are no auctions with CAS locally this year, checking more online things out!
Still looking locally for sale used, (1 ideal) SW tank.
Sometimes apple snails go out of the water because they want to spawn. You then go back inside.
The clutch was on the lamp housing, where it is warm. Sometimes they were yellow, but there were also red ones.
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