Red Shrimp

Feb. 8th, 2010 12:00 pm
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Oh yes, it’s more update time. All these photos were taken Sunday rather than today.

I can’t seem to stop mucking around with this tank. Plants keep getting moved, so they never really settle in. And the red plants aren’t as red as I like. I haven’t figured out if they need more phosphates, or iron or more light. Because the same plants in this tank aren’t as red as the plants in the 10 gallon.

For instance, these red plants from the 10 gallon

Are much redder than the 20.

So many different variables to consider. It’ll probably be a while before I figure out what I need to do for that tank.

In other news, I have discovered that the red cherry shrimp are carrying eggs. I’ve seen two females carrying eggs.

And there is one female that is ready to mate. She just needs to find the right man.

The babies should be born in about a month and they should be born little shrimp. Some shrimp species have babies that are a larval stage and some need salt water to transform into shrimp. But these shrimp come out of the eggs fully formed swimming shrimp. These will be my first batch, so hopefully most of them survive.

Of course, I will keep you posted on this progress.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

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Didn’t you!? But I didn’t! Here’s an update of all the tanks.

Here’s the 5 gallon.

Here it was on the 20th

Here it is today

As you can see, there aren’t many changes. It’s not a high light tank, so the plants won’t grow quickly. And it’s easy maintenance.

The shrimp are coloring up quite nicely. These are female shrimp. You can tell because there’s that white spot? That’s where all the eggs are. When a shrimp has that the peeps in the industry call that saddled. The reason why is that if you were like a teeny weeny little human and you rode that shrimp, that’s where the saddle would be. So they say. They’re about teenagers now, so if there’s a viable male, they will try to make. Right now, all the males are pre-pubescent, so no sex yet.

Here’s the 10 gallon.


Why is the tank all murky, you ask? Well, it’s not because I dosed iron and phosphates at the same time. oh no, it’s because I decided to scrape the algae right before I took this photo. I tell you what, I’m developing one mean algae scraping arm! I dialed down the photoperiod to 8 hours. I’m in the office between 8-10 hours a week, so I wanted to keep the lights on when I was there, but I think that’s just too long and algae was growing on some of the plants.

And here’s the 20 gallon.

This is from the 19th

All the plants finally came and this is the final look of the tank. I just have to wait for it to grow in a big. The fertilization schedule is a little off. I’ve ordered a couple of testing kits to help me with it. Most of the plants need a high phosphate count and also iron. I can’t tell if I’m putting enough of each because some of the plants aren’t staying as red as when I first got them. They’re getting paler and some are reverting to a green shade. And still others are looking like they’re having nitrogen deficiencies. Last time I checked, it was about 10ppm, but when I checked two days ago, it was 0. So, I definitely need more fertilization in there. This is the first tank that’s got really high demanding plants, so this is a learning experience for sure.

Also, I discovered 3 baby platys that are about 3 weeks old, and 2 new babies about 1 week old. Umm…I need to get some hunter fish. I can’t have these things replicating so quickly.

But wait! What is this?!

It’s a new tank for the betta. I was noticing that his tail was a little shorter than I remembered it. I have a feeling that the bumblebee gobies were taking a bite out of it. But just the lower portions. I imagine that the gobies think that the wiggling tail looks like food. They are a “wait until something wiggles by” type of eater. So I think that’s what’s happening. So I got a 5.5 gallon for the betta. Right now, he’s in there by himself. It looks funny, I know, but I promise you, there’s big plans for it. I’m hoping that I can get it looking like I imagined it. And the tank is made up of old stuff, from the filter to the gravel and the ornaments, they’re leftover from other tanks. So it was cheap to set up.

This will be a low maintenance tank. No light, no CO2. Just whatever comes from the window. It’ll be the complete opposite of the 20 gallon! I bet you can’t wait for the updates next week. Oh, yeah. Exciting.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

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This photo is from January 14. Notice there is no algae on the sides!

This is the five gallon that some of you have seen before. If you go to the way back machine, you’ll remember it as this tank.

Look how pristine it is!

I wouldn’t suggest getting this tank because if you look at it funny, it will scratch. But I keep it because it’s the first tank that Chris bought for me, so I don’t care if there are scratches on it. I’m using it! Also, I switched out the filter because that one leaked when it got clogged. Totally no good.

Right now, it’s a shrimp tank. All there is inside is juvenile red cherry shrimp. They eat a ton of algae, so there aren’t any on the plants. Just the stuff stuck to the sides of the tank. Like in this photo, which was taken today.

The shrimp are only about half an inch across. Some grow to be as big as an inch. But since they’re so small still, I don’t want to put them in the tanks with fish yet. They’ll just get eaten and these guys are way more expensive than the feeder ghost shrimp. 12 for a $1 these guys are not. Once they’re bigger, I’ll put them in the fish tank. None of the fishes have mouths big enough to swallow them whole.

Here’s a photo of one on a piece of zuchini.

This tank will most likely remain a shrimp only tank since there may be babies that hatch and I would like some of them to grow to adulthood. The only problem is that the shrimp are really good at hiding and I can usually only see 5 of them out of the 20 that I got.

It’s also a pretty low-tech and cheap tank. It’s just straight up gravel, which you can buy for about $8 (10 lbs for 5 gallon tank). You don’t need any fancy plant growing substrate! I did, however, put in Flourish Root tabs for some fertilizatoin. The filter was about $10-$15 (it’s the Azoo palm filter, but you can get it’s renamed counterpart at Petco as Red Sea Nano filter.).

Clamp-on work light for $7. A GE compact flourescent light bulb (make sure you get the daylight one’s and not the soft white one’s), $4. A regular square 5 gallon glass tank won’t cost you more than $10 or so. And there you have it! A tank that can grow plants for less than $50. You don’t need a stand because it’s so tiny. You can keep it on your bedside table or your work desk (like me!) All you need to buy are plants and fish/shrimp and you’re ready to go! For me, the plants are leftovers. Whatever didn’t fit in the other tanks went in here. I stuck the plants in wherever there was room and it looks just fine to me!

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