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Filters - Water / Re: polyfilter - Im Sold
April 07, 2019, 09:51:39 pm
I put a little piece in every tank and all it has taken out,according to the colour,is organic waste. This is good,as it tells you nothing else is going on. The shrimp do seem more active,swimming around more. I will have to buy a big pad next time as the little one cut up only just does all the tanks. People who don't do partial water changes on tanks don't seem to understand the hidden dangers and harm they are doing to their creatures. At least they have us to school them on proper procedures, eh Sabertooth? ;)
Filters - Water / Re: polyfilter - Im Sold
April 01, 2019, 04:30:56 am
I'm going to buy some this week and cut it into inch squares and put one piece into every shrimp tank I have. I will just let it float around and see what sort of nasties it absorbs. Thanks for the tip,Sabertooth.  ;)
Fish Buddies / Re: Just set up another tank 😅
March 24, 2019, 09:47:57 pm
The yoyo loach (botia almorhae) is a great addition to a planted tank but you might be better off with corydoras instead. Botia species are effective snailers. Anything slow moving on the bottom of the tank,they will vacuum up. They will sit on the bottom happily sucking a small snail right out of their shell. I had them years ago and watched this happen. If you put shrimp in with a loach,be prepared to lose them because they eat shrimp as happily as they do snails. If you had a planted tank with a snail problem, these are the fish to get rid of them. Sorry for the bad news but I would not put shrimp in there with them.
I also have a planted community tank of fish and shrimp but I keep corydoras as a bottom scavenger as they don't eat shrimp. Also you have Angelfish in the tank and being a South American Cichlid they will happily eat your shrimp as that is part of their normal diet. I hope this advice helps your decision. Good luck.
Caridina / Re: Native Australian Caridina Shrimp
March 13, 2019, 10:19:22 pm
Absolutely. Just make sure they are the true Caridina chameleons and not some cherry mix being flogged off. The Caridina chameleons will not interbreed with the Neocaridina Davidi (Cherries).Since they share similar water conditions,they will be compatible. Go get some!!  :D
General / Food for your shrimp buddies.
March 10, 2019, 03:21:17 am
A brand of shrimp food I must admit as probably being the best possible shrimp food money can buy is from the Dennerle company. I use a few different types from this company,but my two favourites are the Shrimp King yummy gum and Crusta Brennnessel Stixx.
The first one is a plastisene type of food that you roll into a ball and stick it somewhere in the tank on a rock or whatever and the shrimp can't resist the aroma being produced by it and it doesn't take long for all the shrimp to come over and get stuck into it.
The second food is the Brennnessel Stixx. This food is made from 100% stinging nettle and the shrimp looooooooove them. Seriously, it is like meth or crack to them. Put one or two in the dish(depending on the number of shrimp in the tank) and watch them go for it. It is the only food I have used that the shrimp will physically fight over which is crazy to watch!
When I feed these foods I always put them in a dish and I usually place the dish on one of the filter sponges because the snails like it as much as the shrimp do. I find putting it up high, the shrimp smell it and swim up to the dish and the snails,if they smell it,can't get up to get it until the shrimp have had their fill.
Dennerle makes a lot of different types of food for your shrimps and while not cheap it is definately the very best. ;)
Caridina / Native Australian Caridina Shrimp
March 10, 2019, 02:50:14 am
Recently I purchased a whole heap of new shrimp from a breeder in Darwin because they were so cheap.I purchased Caridina sp NT2 "Blackmore River Caridina", Caridina sp NT nilotica "Darwin Algae Shrimp" and Caridina sp WA4 "North Australian Chameleon Shrimp".I purchased these shrimp because they are Caridina shrimp that are native to Australia, and because I didn't know we had Caridina shrimp in Australia.
The Blackmore River Caridina shrimp is a brown to reddish shrimp with spots and stripes and changes colour a little bit to it's surroundings.This shrimp likes a lot of leaf litter to feed on and to feel comfortable and secure in it's environment.I am waiting for these shrimp to get a little bit bigger and to get comfortable to see them really start to colour up.
The Darwin Algae Shrimp is a little bigger than the other types and the female is larger with colour, males are smaller and clear.The colours range from light green to red with a white stripe running from the rostrum to the tip of the tail.Apparently it doesn't reproduce very well in freshwater,however some juvies do survive.There is no research for reproducing this species however it appears to be similar to some other Atyiid shrimps in that it needs a marine or brackish phase in it's life cycle. All of the females I have are berried so we will see what happens.
The North Australian Chameleon Shrimp is a reddish to brown to black shrimp that does change to it's surroundings. Mine have stripes some of the time and spots some of the time depending on where they are in the tank.I believe this is a pretty little shrimp and I am looking forward to seeing them colour up when they settle in to their new habitat.
If you want to see more of these shrimp or purchase some for yourself,then head on over to
Snail Buddies / Nerite Snails
March 10, 2019, 01:30:23 am
Recently I decided to try some different snails other than the typical ones we are all used to.I came across a breeder and grower of Australian native Shrimp,snails,fish and plants from the Darwin area of this great country we live in.The company is called Aquagreen.I decided to purchase Neritina violacea or Darwin Nerite Snail.They are a snail used in a planted aquarium to remove hard algae and I can tell you that's exactly what they do.I Purchased three from Aquagreen along with a heap of shrimp (which I will talk about in another post),and put the two smaller one's in one shrimp tank and the bigger snail in another shrimp tank.Within two days the glass of both tanks were spotless, no algae at all to speak of.The tank with the two smaller one's in has snail eggs on the glass,the heater,the filter outlet tube,everywhere.The only trouble is these snails,from what I understand,require salt water for the eggs to hatch in and then the babies will return to freshwater after hatching. So unfortunately I maybe won't get any babies out of these,but,maybe in the future I may to try specificately to breed these wonderful snails.
If you would like to find out more about these snails or anything Aquagreen has to offer then check them out at 
Neocaridina / Re: My Shrimp Tank
March 03, 2019, 05:37:40 am
That's where your dragonfly larvae went. It turned into a dragonfly and flew off. They  spend the majority of their life in the water so it was in your tank for a long time,or someone else's if you introduced a plant or something. Nature is amazing isn't it?  :D
Anything Else / Re: What you drinking?
February 24, 2019, 09:16:01 pm
General / Re: General Reading
February 20, 2019, 04:36:51 am
G'day all. Just started reading a new book titled WILDSHRIMP-China Special. Fascinating to see Paracaridina and Caridina shrimp in their natural surroundings in streams and creeks in the hills of China. Written and photographed by the Shrimp experts, Werner Klotz and Chris Lukhaup, this book is 122 pages and contains some fantastic pictures and information for people who keep  Tiger and Bee shrimp. If you're into these shrimp, as I am, then this book is worth a look. ;)
General / Re: Breeding
February 20, 2019, 04:24:48 am
On keeping the line pure, unfortunately you must cull or at the very least take the clear or less coloured one's out. Thus keeping the best most colourful one's breeding together to keep that pure colour going. I don't cull my shrimp because I don't like to kill any of them. I just try and put them in a different tank to live out their lives ;) 
I buy most of my shrimp from the same breeder in N.S.W. and if I order 20 shrimp he sends me 20 shrimp.It's pot luck with sexing as they are juvies and too hard to tell. I just hope for a good mix of both. He is pretty good and guarantees live delivery. I haven't had one dead shrimp yet.
Speaking of the size of tigers, I have a female Tangerine Tiger and she is easily an inch and a half long! Yes,they are monsters compared to Neo's. I love them as they are very active,always moving around.
General / Re: Breeding
February 19, 2019, 08:32:02 pm
Hi Jollie91.On the site elsewhere is the basics for breeding shrimp. But generally what you need is a tank,substrate,sponge filter,some moss and some water. For Neocaridina  20-27°C, ph 6.5-7.5, 150-300ppm tds. Basically, water out of your tap. If you have a test kit,test for chlorine and chloramine and make sure to cycle the tank with snails for at least a month, add the cherries and you're away.  :)
eriocaulaceae sp. Type 2 I reckon. Google it, I reckon this is it. ;)