Sunday, May 27, 2012

[SHRIMP TANK] - Chocolate Crystals

Was looking through my tank yesterday and i found a "Chocolate Caridina". This crystal shrimp is not the lower quality blacks you see for sale. It had a solid coloration but in a very nice deep chocolate colour. The photos do not do it justice. It is the first time i have seen a shrimp of this colour and i have gone through several generations already. Anyway an interesting find.

It would be interesting to see what kind of shrimplets it will produce in future.

TIP: Crystal Shrimp take approximately 3 weeks to hatch from the egg, but it may vary according to water temperature.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

[EHEIM OPAL] Full tank shot

Nothing much has changed in the past week. I have given the Syngonathus a quick trim and removed the rocks on the left side of the tank to allow more space for plants. The Tiger Lotuses have been sold and a Tri-Color Lotus has somehow come back from the dead after completely melting away. You can just see it on the left side of the tank.

It seems the HC is filling out nicely as a carpet and the freshly trimmed and replanted Staurogyne tropica on the left side of the tank is filling out nicely. I am still not satisfied with the back of the tank as it still looks a little messy but just have not had the time to replant everything.

Ignore the foggy water towards the back right side of the tank. It is caused by the CO2 bubbles diffusing through the lily pipe outlet.

Those lionheads are still there. Although i hate them for eating all my cherry shrimp, i cannot remove them from the tank as their personalities are so addictive. They are certainly very intelligent fish.

TIP: To bring out more red in your plants:
1. Increase light output (LEDs can help)
2. Reduce nitrates
3. Up your iron

Sunday, May 20, 2012

[SHRIMP TANK] Snow White Picture Album

I thought I would now post a set of pictures showing the gradual growth of my snow whites from birth to adulthood.


Below are new shrimplets born this week and other pregnant shrimp in my tank.

Monday, May 14, 2012

[SHRIMP TANK] SS Grade Shrimplets

I thought this week I would share some more pictures of the berried snow white mother as well as several pictures of SS black and red shrimplets. I am fairly confident the snow white female mated with a snow white male this time round. Therefore it will be an exciting month of waiting this time round.
Although the tank seems to be going well, the cooler weather has prolonged pregnancies in all my shrimp. I find the mothers hold the eggs for an average period of 4 weeks before they hatch.

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I am happy with how this blog is progressing, and I will continue with further frequent updates whenever I can. When i started this blog, it was mainly a personal record of my progress into the world of fish and plant keeping.
I never thought it would attract so many people from all around the world. It is a great thing that there are people out there who are interested in my hobby. Just last month this blog had an average of 628 viewers. I know there are people out there who are frequently returning to see my updates. Thank you Lachie for subscribing to my blog! Feel free to ask me questions or leave me advice if you are a shrimp enthusiast; and i will be happy to give you any tips. Also please do not hesitate to leave a comment!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

[SHRIMP TANK] Pregnant Black Shrimp

I noticed something quite strange today.
Four pregnant black shrimp had gathered underneath the sponge filter while all other other shrimp seemed to be grazing on the substrate minding their own business. I decided it was a photo opportunity and decided to take a pic.

I am hoping these SS CBS will produce some nice mosura SSS CBS shrimplets. If they do, I will definately let you know.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

[EHEIM OPAL] No Vortex with Lilly Pipes?

I have had no luck with creating a vortex with my Lilly Pipe so I upgraded my filter from an Eheim 2213 to an EHEIM Professional 2224. Although it has double the flow I still have no luck creating a vortex. I am trying to seek a solution to this problem and will do a further update when I find a solution.

Fact: Plants do not die when their leaves all drop off
I noticed a few days ago the Tricolor Lotus that I thought I had lost has reincarnated itself from underneath the soil. Although all the leaves had melted away, this plant is perfectly capable of coming back from the dead if the root system is still present. I had always thought when the leaves all fall off the plant dies, but i am proved wrong.

Theory: Erios can be propagated when divided into 2 pieces
Also to the right of this picture you will see I have divided my Erio shiga into 2 pieces. Time will tell if they survive. I should have taken photos of when I was splitting it but the time I had thought about it, it was too late. Basically all I did was split it down the middle with a sharp razor blade.
I will take more pictures its progress in future.