The penguin is driving, it's 105 degrees outside, and being far from the ocean they want to get something to help them cool off. The seal suggests they get some ice cream, so they find a nearby ice cream parlor. They're getting out of the car and the seal says, "Hey, something's wrong with the engine!" the penguin looks underneath the car, and sure enough there is a puddle of oil forming under the hot motor. Fortunately, they see a service station across the street so fighting the heat, they push the car to the shop and ask the mechanic to look at it while they go eat. By this time, the penguin and the seal are about ready to melt, so the penguin orders a huge bowl of ice cream. Unfortunately, he realizes that he cannot use a spoon. Abandoning all composure, the penguin buries his face in the ice cream, getting it all over his face. Meanwhile, the seal enjoys a shrimp basket. Finally, the two finish and go back to the mechanic. "Well," the mechanic says to the penguin from under the hood, "it looks like you just blew a seal." "Nope," replied the penguin, still wiping his face. "Just ice cream."
I use it for sure. While levels of chlorine etc coming from the tap may be below the threshold where it noticeably affects your shrimp, I think the potential exists for this stuff to do more harm than good, so in she goes and with a syringe also if its only a small change.
Hi Jess, neocaridina or cherry shrimp (all the colors) are very easy to keep, with the main thing being stable water conditions. Generally tap water is fine for neo's but always add a bit of water conditioner to counter any unwanted elements found in it. Sand (I sometimes use pool filter sand as it has a good grain size) is perfectly ok but if your going for a planted tank then a substrate suited to that would be better albeit expensive. Sabertooth mentioned something called 'black diamond' but while its pretty and will make the colors of your brighter colored shrimp pop, it will come at a price. As far as feeding, there is a plethora of prepared foods available, checkout some of the posts here for ideas and they will appreciate blanched vegetables as well as clean up algae around the tank, graze on the bio-film that occurs and they will even eat the fish poop that they find laying about. They can live in an unheated tank but they prefer a temperature closer to around 25/26C especially if you wish to breed them. Plants are great in a shrimp tank, they hide among them and it gives the fry protection, try some of the mosses like java which is also easy to look after. You will learn and try different things as you go, some ideas you will adopt long term while others will be discarded as fads or not applicable to you BUT the number one rule will always be STABLE WATER CONDITIONS, do that and you will be fine.
There are no shrimp in this tank, I tried several but the betta seemed to like them too much.
I have a 40 litre community tank that has one male betta, 2 albino cory's and 8 neon tetra in it.
It is a planted tank with several different types of plants and has black diamond (i think) sandy type gravel and I have tried to introduce some snails into it but all my attempts so far have kind of failed.
The latest effort involved 12 Malaysian Trumpet Snails which when placed in the tank had a quick look around, closed up and just lay motionless on the bottom. They are not dead they just will not come out and play.
The fish in the tank all forage on the bottom and get up close and personal with the snails, especially the cory's who kick them about like footballs, is that the problem? Are they just afraid of the fish? They won't even burrow in the substrate to get away, they have just sat on top in the one place for days now but if I take them out and put them in my shrimp tank they all turn 'normal'.
I'd really like snails in the community tank, any advice please?