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.
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 www.aquagreen.com.au
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 www.aquagreen.com.au
Bladder Snails ( Physella acuta) are my favourite snail in the shrimp aquarium. I love these guy's ability to clean. They are very fast movers around the tank doing what they do. You may get Bladder snails in your tank by purchasing plants and the leaves may have eggs on them. If you have Java fern or Crypts, they may eat holes in the leaves but generally if there is enough food for them to eat, they will leave plants alone. They are good companions to shrimp not harming them in any way whilst providing poo which shrimp find to their liking. They do multiply very quickly, so if you don't have a big tank or lots of tanks to move some into, you might have to manually get some out and cull them. I don't cull mine, I like lot's but each to their own. Bladder snails, Ramshorn, Trumpet, it's all about what makes you happy.
Hi everyone. If you are like me you like to educate yourself on what ever subject you find interesting. If you are on this forum, then obviously you are interested in shrimp. I like to go on you tube and look at channels dedicated to shrimp and shrimp keeping. There are three that I think are great. Flip Aquatics, Shrimp Life and Mark's Shrimp Tanks. My favourite is Mark's Shrimp Tanks. The wealth of knowledge this Scot living in Norway has is astounding. He covers everything from setting up to breeding, water changes,best food, etcetera,etcetera. The man has an amazing passion for these little creatures, and once you have watched him once,you can't help but go back over and over again. So next time you are on you tube, give these channels a look. You won't be disappointed.
Hi guy's, If you want to learn more about shrimp,or just a great read then I want to recommend two books that I own. The first is Back to Nature Guide to Nano Aquaria. This book gives many examples of beautiful freshwater nano aquaria and also provides information on how to set up and maintain a nano. It also covers the fishes,shrimps,crayfishes,crabs,snails and plants that can be kept in such a small aquarium.This book contains approximately 490 photos and species descriptions with information on and photos of more than 75 crustaceans (shrimp,crayfishes,crabs) and snails,180 fishes,and 60 plants that are suitable for a nano aquaria. I just love my nano's and this book is the reason why. The second book I would like to recommend is Invertebrates: Shrimp,Crayfish,Crabs and Snails in freshwater aquaria. This book is written by the two leading authorities in invertebrate keeping in aquaria.This comprehensive handbook full of practical hints and information does not only provide beginning freshwater invert keepers with the basic knowledge about these fascinating creatures,but it also suitable for experienced aquarium keepers who want to discover new stuff and additional information about the natural habitats, special food requirements or breeding in captivity. This comprehensive handbook has all the important species you will find in trade,providing all the information you need in a nutshell, and is illustrated with breathtaking photos. I love these books and you will too.
With over 290 species,shrimp of the genus Caridina are one of the most diverse groups within the Atyidae family. They are also the most widely spread shrimp in the aquarium hobby. Once you have cut your teeth on Neocaridina species, the natural progression is to move to Caridina's. With the unlimited colour variations, these shrimp become very addictive. I have various types of Caridina and am looking at setting up more tanks so I can vary my range even more. The major difference between the two species when keeping them as a hobby, is water parameters. I keep Neocaridina in water with total dissolved solids up to 800ppm. I would never ever think of keeping caridina in water over 150ppm tds. The ph must be neutral to slightly acidic. I use Reverse Osmosis water with a tds of 0 and add Bee Shrimp mineral GH+ to the water in a bucket when setting up a tank getting the tds to around 115-120ppm. Water changes are easy, you just add R/O water straight in as the added minerals stay in the tank only the water evaporates not the minerals. The most important tool to have is the tds meter. They are cheap and mostly reliable. I bought mine off ebay for about $15 dollars,well worth the investment. I hope this gives a basic introduction to anyone thinking of keeping the Caridina species.
The best substrate to use with shrimp is Fluval Stratum, ADA, or Ista Shrimp substrate. These substrates buffer the ph to support neutral to slightly acidic conditions and stimulate growth of plants in freshwater aquariums. Made from mineral rich volcanic soil,it will ensure a full compliment of essential macro and micro nutrients. The substrates light,non-compacting,porous structure is also highly beneficial to nitrifying bacteria,which rapidly colonise the vast porous surface,providing optimal water quality for plants.The substrate also provides newborn shrimp with the ideal refuge,allowing them to escape predation until they are large enough to emerge. The substrate will not discolour the water and helps control discolouration caused by the tannins in driftwood when used. I use this substrate in all my aquariums and I highly recommend it. p.s If keeping Neo's you don't have to use this substrate as it will buffer the ph to the acidic side of things. Neo's prefer neutral to alkaline where they thrive. This substrate is better for keeping Caridina in.
Hi guys and gals, My name is Trevor (tva351) and an avid shrimp keeper of Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp. I am usually fairly busy with work and family,but will be on when I can. I keep Crystal Red and Black, Tiger, Tangerine Tiger, Pinto, Snow White bee, Aura Blue, Ghost Shrimp and most of the Cherry varieties, Red, Blue, Chocolate etc. Hope to catch up for a chat on the forum and I hope it will be a great success. Cheers, tva351.