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  1. Since I really canNOT get anymore goldfish, I thought it would be fun to get into something small. Shrimp care is a lot different than goldfish. What no 85% wc??? It's funny how something so small can still be so expensive Anyway here is my first crystal red pure line shrimp tank. They spent 2 days in shipping and made it no problem. They are from an awesome breeder in Calgary. I really enjoyed trying some plants again and I am enjoying learning more about this hobby I am so obsessed about Sorry if the pics are big.
  2. So my neighbor 'gave me' three yoyo loach and two bamboo shrimp. And by 'gave me' I mean he was going to throw them away or flush them so I took them. I am getting mixed answers on if they can be kept with goldfish or not. Some sites say that Bamboo Shrimp are ideal because they're so huge, and filter feeders? As long as I keep the water moving well enough to let them filter. But I can't seem to get any clear answer on the Yoyo Loaches. Help, suggestions? Darn my need to rescue things. :|
  3. I have a 10 litre square bowl with an air-stone, can I keep shrimp in there? If so, how many? I got the stuff for free and it came with a goldfish but unfortunately the goldfish died just 2 days later. Other goldfish is out of the question as I learned from people on here they need really big tanks.But I really don't want to give the stuff away after I just got it. I searched up stuff that can live in small tanks and shrimp is one of them. There are red cherry shrimp and yellow cherry shrimp at my closest pet-store.There is also ghost shrimp but I don't like them that much.
  4. Here's an update on my speshial fish, Peaches and Harry Potter. Peaches was one of my original three, and he's actually doing OK. Back in February, his tail became very red, he lost a bunch of scales and he started bottom sitting a lot. I QT'd him and tried what I could, but I don't think we ever determined what exactly happened to him. For many months, he's been hanging out with Harry in their own bachelor pad, where no pushier goldfish bother them. Peaches still is missing one scale on one side and a patch of a few scales on the other side. His tail still is a little red, but that might be natural since his tail is almost fully white. He hovers near the bottom with Harry for much of the day, but he swims fine. I think he's down there because Harry is, either because he's copying his behavior or because he finds it comforting. I recently weighed the fish for the first time, and Peaches is our biggest fish! He was the smallest when I get them. Harry Potter was an impulse buy shortly after we got fish. You can see his lightning bolt in the picture in my signature. I found him at Petsmart the day the final HP was released. I went back on the next Saturday, which was the day I saw the final movie, and he still was there. I thought that was a sign that I should get him. Unfortunately, I was so focused on his lightning bolt (which was gone within a month) that I didn't notice his floatiness. He doesn't "float" so much as have trouble controlling his buoyancy. He swims like a cartoon -- you know how the cartoon characters run and hit the brakes and skid? That's what he does. He darts one way and tries to whip around, but his little butt kind of skids along before he can make it stop. Eventually, he started sitting more and more. I assume that he sits to rest due to his difficulty swimming. And he does swim -- he eats fine and will have active spurts. But he spends most of his time resting. I assume that Harry floats due to a physical issue. He is a nymph (a fancy with a single tail) and he is very short bodied. Maybe that's a factor. These guys are in a 36 gallon bowfront acrylic tank. I had to buff this tank after my son scratched in badly. It looks OK. Scratches aren't too visible on acrylic tanks when they are filled. Here are the scratches -- I was so mad for so long: http://www.kokosgold...r-old-who-wins/ Also in this tank are 8 glowlight tetras. They've been in there for a few months now, and that seems to be working out. I got them because the tank was too still. It looked very depressing. The goldies love to bomb the tetras, and the tetras seem to have gotten used to it. I haven't seen even a hint of aggression from any of the fish. I also have about 15 ghost shrimp in there. One problem with bottom sitters is that they weren't stirring up the bottom enough. Crud was settling and being left undisturbed. I don't think of the shrimp as cleaners, but I do think that they help keep things moving at the substrate. Plus, they are very cool. They can be hard to spot, so when we see one, we get excited and start looking for more. The plants in here are doing OK. The vals grew to the top of the tank when I planted them, but now they are short. One of my bulbs was out for a few months, so I'm hoping that now they will start to grow again. Also, the plants on one side of the tank look taller and perkier than the other side, and I'm not sure why that is. The shorter side is closer to the window, but it's an east-facing window, so it's not offering a lot of sunlight. Still, it does get direct sun in the morning -- shouldn't that side be growing better? TMI! Stop the yammering and bring on the pictures!! Peaches shows off his good side. Harry's normal parking spot. He likes to wedge his nose under the plants. Where's that lightning bolt?! Don't take pictures of tetras! Take pictures of me! Ghost shrimp out of hiding. Sneaky shrimp.
  5. I have two Bamboo shrimp right now. c: Getting both out is pretty impossible, as they enjoy their cozy cave. so I caught one of them when he was out swimming. I can't tell them apart, so I have fondly named them both 'Bob' and we call them 'The Bobs.' Does anyone know anything about bamboo shrimp? It's my first time having them, they have been a breeze so far. Super easy to care for in a very established tank. But I'd like to know if anyone else had owned them.
  6. In October, I got a great deal on a Fluval Edge tank at Petco. It was an unused floor model, and it was $36 -- wow! I had been wanting a desktop tank, so I snatched it up. The Edge is a beautiful tank, but it is a pain in the butt to work in. The opening is much smaller than the tank, so in order to move a plant or vacuum or anything, I have to reach around under the top of the tank. And you can't reach in without removing water, or it will overflow. The thing was super difficult to clean. I wanted something easier, so I got the Aqueon/ Tetra Half Moon 10 gallon. I just set it up today, and I like it. The shape is interesting, and the curve makes the fish look bigger. Also, the biggest plus for me is that I can stick my hands in the tank! The big problem with the tank that I see so far is that the lighting is very low. Also, the tank has a lot of glare. Even though the new tank is bigger (10 gallons vs. 6.6), the footprint is a little smaller. But the height allowed me to add a piece of driftwood, which I've been wanting to do for awhile. Plants in here are green crypts around the front, red crypts in the back, willow moss on the wood, Asian val, floating hornwort and duckweed. Occupants are Ghost the dragonscale betta, 6 neon tetras, about 20 cherry shrimp, and one small nerite snail. The Edge. It looked good, but it was a pita. New tank without flash. With flash. The red spots are cherry shrimp.
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