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Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Ariavin, Sep 6, 2019.

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    Shrimp.
     
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    That's one beautiful piece of driftwood, is it all one piece?
     
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    It’s all one piece. It’s actually a resin decoration from Petsmart with all the plastic plants removed and love plants superglued in place.
     
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    Oh lol
    I would recommend looking on your local craigslist or whatever and finding a local breeder so you can ask questions and choose which ones you get and see where they’ve come from
     
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    Gonna test everything once I get home. I may be cycled. If that’s the case, I’m gonna get some snails.
     
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    Do I go with blue bolts or shadow mosuras once cycles and stable?
     
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    Blue bolts are probably the more stable and easily kept of the two. However, if this is your first run with Caridina I suggest crystal reds/blacks and golden bees, as they are more forgiving with water parameters. Lower grade King Kongs/Pandas would also be a good choice.
     
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    Why are crystals more forgiving? Is it because they’ve been in the hobby longer?
     
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    Their line has been more stabilized than other Taiwan bees, and they will breed and survive in a wider range of water parameters. They do best in soft acidic water but it doesn't have to be as meticulously monitored as, say, red wine pintos or mosura blue bolts.

    Crystal shrimp ideal parameters:

    pH = 6.2 to 6.9
    GH = 4 to 6
    KH = >2
    TDS = 150 to 180
     
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    My parameters are these
    Ph 6.4
    Gh 7
    Kh 0
    TDS 120
     
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    Looks good to me, my GH was 6 at 140 TDS.

    I use Salty Shrimp Bee Salt GH+.
     
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    I use brightwell aquatics. How long do you normally wait after cycling to add shrimp?
     
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    I basically insta-cycle my tanks. I move over established media and a handful of snails, then wait 4-6 weeks for the 5anks to stabilize and mature.
     
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    Did the pics work or are they saying unavailable?
     
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    It says it doesn’t exist
     
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    Ok. Let’s try this again.

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    Can I just say I love your tank and it's gorgeous
     
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