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    Snails or Otocinclus

    You have access to some amazing shops over there in singapore, please drown us in photos if you're ever visiting any of them. I absolutely love the mini fissidens that seem a lot more common over there.
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    Snails or Otocinclus

    Would be interesting to know more. I've always read that otos are relatively sensitive to water quality that's why I find it so interesting that they'd be the sole survivors of this kind of accident. I still think it's as likely that the bacteria decomposing the excess food also caused the...
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    Snails or Otocinclus

    This actually is really interesting. I guess it was probably because the otos could breathe air from the surface while the other fish couldn't?
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    Amano Shrimp Berried - Can the young survive?

    I recently discovered that the larvae can actually survive for longer than people often think in fresh water but they do seem to eventually need salt water after a max of about a week. They never last more than 24 hours before they're eaten by my fish though. I once saw a very long and pretty...
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    Should you clean a snail?

    Look at the state of this one. I think itt's actually some kind of Vorticella rather than a colonial rotifer living on the shell. People say this is a pest of aquatic shrimp however it's ubiquitous in all of my livefood cultures and, although it does sometimes even attach to daphnia and moina, I...
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    Should you clean a snail?

    I've got a lot of ramshorn snails in many of my livefood tubs, some of them grow algae on their shells and some don't, there's one at the moment that has several batches of eggs stuck to it's shell, but there's also a snail in one of my ceriodaphnia cultures whose shell is entirely covered in a...
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    Happened again. Apoligies for the quality of this photo. This tank has been running for years and even the newest amano has been in there for at least a full year without me ever noticing this happen before. It seems like way too much of a coincidence that this starts happening after a period of...
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    You might already know this but actually plenty of fish prey on seed shrimp, they just aren't always capable of digesting them. The seed shrimp can close their shell. A live seed shrimp goes in one end of the fish - and a live seed shrimp comes out the other end of the fish.
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    I think the amanos definitely eat some of the moina. It's not something I've observed directly but the larger ones that the Boraras tend to pass over still disappear and like you say, they love worms of all kinds. That's why I'm considering the unlikely possibility that this one has got a taste...
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    I've seen mine appear to attack cherries before. They grab them but usually the cherry can break free.
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    I don't think it hunted the cherry down, I think it found the cherry while it was vulnerable moulting and decided to eat it because it could and was hungrier than usual. I found them like this though so the cherry could have been dead already.
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    Amano shrimp preying on Cherry

    I don't believe this shrimp was dead when the Amano found it, I think it was trying to moult. I overfed this tank trying to get my Boraras maculatus to breed, in particular too many microworms, and I had a real snail explosion as well as a bad cloudy water situation going on. I stopped feeeding...
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    Thai Micro Crabs

    I added two of these to my 50L tank a week ago and they seem to be doing just fine. I never see them when the lights are on but they're out and about very quickly after lights off wandering around the tank. I've been lucky and noticed last night that one of mine actually has eggs which I hadn't...
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    Help me identify this snail baby (ramshorn?)

    I've read a lot about ramshorns eating cyano, it's actually why I got them, but mine don't seem to touch it although I don't doubt for a second that they can/will based on the number of reports I've seen of exactly that. I've been assuming that they only do so as a last resort when NO other...
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    Help me identify this snail baby (ramshorn?)

    I have red ramshorns and initially all the offspring were red however after some time brown spotted ones exactly like this started to appear. I assume it must be some combination of rare recessive genes that produces them as only a tiny proportion of all the offspring show this pattern.
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    mystery of the vanishing cherries

    that's your guilty party right there.
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    Snails & Ferts

    I don't know if I can offer much help here but I use high doses of tropica specialised daily in a tank with red ramshorn snails and they never seem to be affected by it. I would suspect the excel, it can kill some delicate plants so at the very least I would imagine big doses would irritate a snail.
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    Help with my Amano shrimp!!

    I don't think this is necessarily cause for concern, especially if he's eating and has been this way for a month. Every amano I've ever bought has taken on different colours and markings than they show in the shop once I add them to my tank. They're often very blue when I buy them but this fades...
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    Shrimp - Open Top Tanks

    I had this happen with a huge amano shrimp called special agent jack bauer once. He jumped out overnight so CO2 might have been responsible but this particular shrimp was really hyperactive and would jump at the corners of the tank sometimes when we put food in. RIP special agent jack bauer...
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    how red are your cherry reds.

    WHERE did you get those sakuras?
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    how red are your cherry reds.

    It seems there is a wide range of colour intensity for these from almost transparent to the 'sakura' variety available in the east. It also seems that the colour standard for them in America is generally better too. Just how red are your cherry red shrimp? does anybody have any of the really...
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    nerites

    I have two in a 20 liter dennerle nano which I believe is equal to about 2.5 gallons. They're doing fine and there's four cherry shrimps in there too, you will find that they eat all the algae on the glass and run out pretty quickly though so you have to supplement their diet.
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    Shrimp and the lunar cycle?

    with regards to why the moon would affect them, why wouldn't the moon affect them? When a woman is heavily pregnant they can sometimes feel the gravitational effect of the moon on the amniotic fluid when it is full moon, I'm sure there's more water in most of our tanks than there is in a...
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    Shrimp and the lunar cycle?

    All my shrimp molted on the same day, both Amanos and Cherries. I thought it was strange that they would all shed at the same time, then I looked out the window and saw the full moon........ has anybody else noticed shrimp being affected by the moon?
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    Controlling shrimp populations

    jokes aside......... and I'm not saying i have or necessarily that you should........ but you can eat cherry red shrimps and apparently they taste pretty good. The most authentic preparation is to steam them then serve with salad, thats how they do where they occur naturally.
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