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HELP!!! Shrimp: What do you know for sure?
Old 02-25-2011, 11:12 AM   #11
 
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Thank you Kymmie, That would be great.
I was going to have to order them, and it would be around seventy bucks for approx a dozen including shipping.
I shall give a shout when I' m ready and weather is warmer.Sky just opened up and dumped another six inches of snow here ,twelve to sixteen inches if you account for drifting on east west roads.
OMG, $70 for a measly 12 shrimp?? That's ridiculous! I sent some to Calmwaters (getting ready to send some to DKRST on Monday) and I'd say with the average net scoop I end up with almost 30 in the net. I use a discus net, lol. They are varying sizes but you are sure to get females and males so you'll have oddles in no time. The only cost to you besides shipping?? A pic of Hoover and you!!
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:34 PM   #12
 
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Thank you Kymmie, That would be great.
I was going to have to order them, and it would be around seventy bucks for approx a dozen including shipping.
I shall give a shout when I' m ready and weather is warmer.Sky just opened up and dumped another six inches of snow here ,twelve to sixteen inches if you account for drifting on east west roads.
Ugh! Sounds much like here. Everytime I think we have turned the corner, they call for more snow.

I am going to search for some Amano shrimp to help clean up my plants that have a bit of algae on them. The plants that are up close to the lights get algae and the ones below are lacking light. I sort of wish I could start the whole "getting a fish tank" thing over knowing what I know now. For one thing, I would have sprung for the 125 or even 150 gallon. Would have skipped a lot of the mistakes that I made in the beginning (of course) and would have upgraded the lighting on the tanks.

Kymmie, If I can't find any shrimp close by, I would certainly appreciate a few. I am most concerned about someone eating someone and getting sick. That I want to avoid at all cost, of course. Do they breed so much they get out of hand? How did you end up with so many?
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:03 PM   #13
 
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Inga, even your fish eat some it's no big deal. They won't "catch" anything from the shrimp and it's a tasty snack for the fish. The reason I have so many? Because I wanted them! I set up a nice shrimp only tank, got it perfect for breeding by setting up lots of plants and dried Indian Almond leaves. The itty bitty babies feed off of the bacterium that grows on dead leaf matter, hence the leaves.
Every once in awhile I take a huge handful of my shrimp to my LFS and we swap handfuls, so I can keep a nice line going, instead of having breeding going on between nothing but mothers, sons, daughters, etc.
Let me know if you want some because I'd be happy to send you some. I refuse to let my friends pay the LFS crazy prices since I can see no reason for them to charge so much for something that is so simple to breed.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:12 PM   #14
 
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Inga, even your fish eat some it's no big deal. They won't "catch" anything from the shrimp and it's a tasty snack for the fish. The reason I have so many? Because I wanted them! I set up a nice shrimp only tank, got it perfect for breeding by setting up lots of plants and dried Indian Almond leaves. The itty bitty babies feed off of the bacterium that grows on dead leaf matter, hence the leaves.
Every once in awhile I take a huge handful of my shrimp to my LFS and we swap handfuls, so I can keep a nice line going, instead of having breeding going on between nothing but mothers, sons, daughters, etc.
Let me know if you want some because I'd be happy to send you some. I refuse to let my friends pay the LFS crazy prices since I can see no reason for them to charge so much for something that is so simple to breed.

Thanks Kymmie that would be awesome. We will probably have to wait a few weeks so that they don't freeze along the way. Bad enough they get eaten... Don't want them to freeze.

I am hoping they help with plant clean up too. :)
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:29 PM   #15
 
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RCS are harmless. Ghost shrimp are predatory scavengers that will eat anything their feeble little arms can catch. (No worries about them hurting fish, they might eat the occasional ramshorn snail... Mysterys and assassins would be safe, as would any 'trapdoor' snails like MTS and pond.)

They do eat leftover fish food and nibble at algae, but I'd give them the occasional algae tablet as well. (If the pleco grabs his food fast) If you want the RCS to breed, then the less fish you have in the tank, the better. If you're not a commercial breeder, then anything platy-size or smaller would be harmless to the adults.

Aunt Kymmie, hope you haven't forgot, you owe me some shrimp too. Paid ya last year.

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Old 02-26-2011, 01:09 AM   #16
 
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Ohhh I have been debating getting cherry shrimp... hmmm
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:14 AM   #17
 
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Aunt Kymmie, hope you haven't forgot, you owe me some shrimp too. Paid ya last year.
You did?? How did you pay me and why would you pay me?? I don't charge money for my shrimp anyway. I do not recall this at all.
I know I bought my original shrimp from you but that's all that I recall, other than that I was going to send you some for free but I figured you didn't need any since I see that you are already selling them in another thread.

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Old 02-26-2011, 10:30 PM   #18
 
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I have among a bunch of other stuff in the tank a bunch of RCS in my tank. I started with 10 and I now have 30+ since September. I only bought 10.

My tank is heavily planted and I have 2 pearl gouramis, 1 gold gourami, 8 neon tetras, 1 platy, 1 guppie, 2 nitrile snails, 2 adfs and a pleco. If there have been any shrimp eaten by the fish I hope the fish enjoyed the meal because I don't forsee a shortage of shrimp anytime soon. They are a blast to watch and they help keep the algae at bay along with everything else. I would highly recommend them myself.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:05 PM   #19
 
If you are still looking for shrimp and it is still too cold for Aunt kymmie to ship them to you I would suggest looking at aquabid.com. You can find pretty much whatever you want there at a reasonable price and most sellers ship with heaters. I have always wanted shrimp in my tank but I can't be bothered to put plants in my tank.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:53 AM   #20
 
Inga- if you are meaning Fox Valley in Illinois, check out Tropi-Quatics in Lombard, they are a really good LFS.
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