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  • Red Cherry Shrimp Algae Eating Experiment

    Red cherry shrimp algae eating experiment:

    Lot's of people ask how good Aquarium shrimp are when it comes to eating algae....I decided to do a small test and it looks like the old saying is true - a picture is worth a thousand words.

    Check out the article and photos here: Red Cherry Shrimp - Eating Algae Test

  • Red Cherry Shrimp in Acidic Water

    For the last few months I have had some Red Cherry Shrimp in an aquarium that was intended for Crystal Red Shrimp. I set it up with Aqua Soil Amazonia and quite a few plants and mosses. I keep the pH right around 6.0 and have some interesting observations for the Red Cherries! Continue reading

  • Can I Breed Red Cherry Shrimp with Fish in My Aquarium?

    Can I breed Red Cherry Shrimp with fish in my aquarium, and if so what fish are best? This is a question I get a lot via email and I see it asked all the time on various forums. And there are two answers, the simple one and the more complicated one! Continue reading

  • Coloring Shrimp with Food?

    Recently I wrote a blog post called Redder Red Cherry Shrimp . The post focused on what affects the coloring of Red Cherry Shrimp. There was a comment left on that post that included some information that I forgot to mention: Continue reading

  • Breeding Amano Shrimp Journal – Day 1

    Day 1 - 8/22/08


    Today I observed a berried Amano Shrimp.  The berried female is about average size for the females in my aquarium.  Her eggs are extremely small, almost see threw with a slight tan tint.


    Berried Female Amano Shrimp



    After first observation I started to prepare an isolation aquarium for her.  I selected an old 2-gallon aquarium that I bought on clearance a few months back.


    I then put some fast growing floating plants and an air stone in the aquarium and transferred water and the berried shrimp from its original aquarium.


    2 Gallon Aquarium


    This aquarium will also be used for the larval stage and will eventually be converted to full salt water after the eggs hatch and the female is transferred back to original aquarium.


    After the transfer of the berried female I started a green water culture.  I put full strength saltwater into 2 separate mason jars.  I then added some plant fertilizers to the water to encourage algae growth.  The mason jars are set out side with an upside down aquarium above them to keep rain water out.


    Green Water Culture


    The rains from Hurricane Fay are still hammering Florida, so I don’t expect the green water to grow rapidly and that is why I set it up so early.


    Stay tuned for more updates


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  • Caridina sp. (update #2)

    It has been almost 2 months since I received this species of shrimp from a member of one of the forums I participate in. After quite a bit of observation and a few comments from knowledgeable shrimp keepers I believe they are Malaya Shrimp (Caridina sp.).

    Caridina Species
    Caridina Species

    I am not 100% positive of this identification because I have not had a berried female. The Malaya Shrimp has a short larval stage, and is the major factor I have not been able to test out yet!

    I am afraid that I will not be able to test that theory out either. It looks like the one shrimp I thought could be a male is developing to be female:

    Possible Female
    Possible Female

    It is hard to see, but it looks like there is a saddle beginning to form.

    Possible Female
    Possible Female

    Well, I guess I will have to wait and see. If this shrimp turns out to be a female I am not sure what I am going to do with these shrimp. I don’t want to mix them with confirmed Malaya Shrimp because I am not sure that they are Malaya Shrimp.

    I will update as soon as any progress is noted.

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  • Soft Water Shrimp in Hard Water (update #3)

    I have found another berried female in my soft water aquarium! That makes a total of 3 females that are now berried!

    Berried Tiger Shrimp
    Berried Tiger Shrimp

    This female is the smallest of the 3, but it looks like she is carrying close to the same amount of eggs as the other females.

    Berried Tiger Shrimp
    Berried Tiger Shrimp

    There are still no berried females in the hard water aquarium, and they seem to be just a little bit smaller (I have not taken them out to measure them!)

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  • Soft Water Shrimp in Hard Water (Update #2)

    First Results

    I set up this experiment on June 20th and I have my first results.

    Berried Tiger Shrimp 1
    Berried Tiger Shrimp 1

    My first female Tiger Shrimp have become berried! There are two berried females in the soft water aquarium.

    Berried Tiger Shrimp 2
    Berried Tiger Shrimp 2

    The aquarium parameters are as follows:
    Temp:  74.8
    pH:       6.4
    TDS:     112 ppm

    These shrimp appear to be growing just a little bit faster than the shrimp in the hard water, but it seems to be by a slight margin. There is no sign of breeding activity in the hard water aquarium as of yet.

    There have been no losses of Tiger Shrimp to this point.

    One observation that was unexpected is in the soft water aquarium. One of the Tiger Shrimp has developed an interesting color pattern. Similar to the shrimp that are being called Red Tiger Shrimp.

    Tiger Shrimp with red color pattern
    Tiger Shrimp with red color pattern

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  • Soft Water Shrimp in Hard Water (Update #2)

    I have decided some of the parameters I am going to use for this experiment.

    For the Soft Water aquarium I am going to keep the aquarium as close 60ppm TDS as I can and I am going to keep the Hard Water aquarium at around 300ppm.

    My tap water comes out of the faucet at a TDS of exactly 500ppm. So I will have to lower the TDS by mixing a little bit of tap water into it to keep it from being liquid rock, but still hard.

    All top offs will be with 0ppm TDS water.

    The substrate in both aquariums will be Tahitian Moon Sand.

    Both aquariums will have a small java fern and some java moss.

    More Updates to come soon!

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  • Soft Water Shrimp in Hard Water (update #1)

    This is the first update of my Soft Water Shrimp in Hard Water experiment. This experiment is intended to see what a difference keeping soft water shrimp in hard water for long term will make on their growth and breeding.Here is the plan for this experiment. I will continue the experiment for 3 generations of shrimp.

    The Set up:

    • 2 x2.5 Gallon All Glass Aquariums
    • 2 Sponge Filters
    • Inert Substrate
    • 2x Electric Thermometers
    • 5 young tiger shrimp per aquarium

    The Execution

    • Set up both 2.5 gallon aquariums with identical set ups
    • Use seeded sponges for 10 gallon aquarium.
    • Fill Hard Water aquarium with tap water
    • Test pH using Electronic Monitor
    • Test TDS with TDS meter
    • Fill Soft Water aquarium with RO/DI water
    • Test pH with Electronic Monitor
    • Test TDS with TDS meter
    • Drip acclimate 5 Tiger Shrimp to the new Hard Water Aquarium
    • Drip acclimate 5 Tiger Shrimp to the new Soft Water Aquarium
    • Feed exactly the same food at the same time in the same amounts
    • Document Growth and all breeding behavior

    2nd Generation

    • Remove 1st Generation Shrimp
    • Follow 1st generation care
    • Document Growth and all breeding behavior

    That is the plan as I have it now. I will update as soon as I have more information available!

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