03-28-2013, 07:57 PM
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I'm back from vacation! And last night I finally found out what happened to all my ghost shrimp. There were two left, the big one and the little one. The little one was looking a little whitish, so I was watching him hoping to see him molt. Once he started the big one grabbed him, killed him, and ate him. ******* shrimp. I had been finding bits of shrimp in the tank whenever one went missing, I assumed they were bits of dead shrimp, but I think they may have been the shed skeletons of shrimp that tried to molt. There isn't really much to do with one mean ghost shrimp, I haven't ever flushed a live fish before, but this guy left me no choice. Down he went. Did a water test and water change as part of my after vacation maintenance, everything is looking good.
Today I went exploring in the area looking for better aquarium stores. The first one I went to was salt only, but they recommended another store about a mile away. I checked it out, thinking they might be okay. WOW, this place is amazing. It's called Wet Pets in Arroyo Grande. The fish were incredible healthy, everyone had great color and vigor. I was blown away by the quality of the livestock. They had a tank filled with corries that were all swimming together and playing in the current, rummy noses all had brilliant red noses, and this place had the biggest most healthy looking rams I have ever seen. On top of it all their prices were really pretty cheap. And not just cheap with respect to the quality of the fish, they were just cheap. The rest of their products were very fairly priced as well, none of the ridiculous markup you see at most lfs. There was a beautiful new 60g tank and stand, $60 for the tank and the stand was cheap too (can't remember exactly how much). If I had more space for tanks this would have been a very expensive discovery =p. I asked them for 10 red cherry shrimp and a bunch of spiral val. They told me that they did have cherries, but that they were running low so I would probably receive juveniles. My what great honesty. At that point though I didn't even care, the livestock was all so healthy. Nonetheless, they fished around in the tank looking for the best specimens and even gave me two pregnant females. When I got home and unbagged the val I realized that it was actually five smaller bunches and not the single bunch it was sold as, bonus! I can't recommend this place enough, they were so nice and friendly too, really a perfect example of what an lfs should be. If you're in the area you should give them a try.
The new shrimp are doing great in the tank. Much more peaceful than the ghosts, and they have wonderful color.