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post #11 of 17 Old 06-15-2013, 07:05 AM
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They do great on beef heart or fresh liver. But, as always, fresh food is best. Hehehe....
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They do great on beef heart or fresh liver. But, as always, fresh food is best. Hehehe....

Do you keep leeches Hallyx ?

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post #13 of 17 Old 06-15-2013, 09:16 PM
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They do great on beef heart or fresh liver. But, as always, fresh food is best. Hehehe....
freshest would be your hands! So food is cheap .Nothing like a nice fresh meal..still having trouble with this one! kuddos to you, for you are indeed less squeamish them me and thats no easy feat
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-16-2013, 05:00 AM
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I keep two medical leeches in a .3g bowl (with a tight cover!). My last pair lasted for over two years. That's about as long as they live in the wild. Just marbles for substrate. They prefer mud/sand; I prefer to see them. They like it darkish.

Two will interact, sometimes intimately. They're fun to watch if you have time--- a little like snakes in that regard. Sometimes they get really active and fast. They swim backward and forward equally well. Ain't that a hoot?

They look dull dark olive/brown, but put a light on them and you can see the bright-blue racing stripe with orange borders. Some species are quite beautiful.

They've been around longer than dinosaurs and live everywhere but Antarctica.

Feeding them twice a year takes a little courage initially, but it's very satisfying in a macabre sort of way.

Sorry for the hi-jack, but the question was what to do with a small tank.
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-16-2013, 05:08 PM
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Addler, I'd stick away from a nerite snail in a mason jar. Snails have a pretty large bioload. Aokashi uses pond snails in her jar because they are small and have a smaller bioload. She throws the snails in there right off to let the tank settle before adding the shrimps as shrimps are very sensitive to things like ammonia and nitrite.
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Thank you! I'm dropping the snails altogether, and just putting a few shrimp in with a lot of plants. From what I read, I'm a little worried about water conditions. The tap water here comes out anywhere from an 8.0 to an 8.6 pH, with really, really high hardness. Like, hardness darker than the chart allows. My betta, as well as some redfins, mollies, and guppies have been surviving it for anywhere from a few months to a year and a half, and they seem happy. I'm just not sure if that's actually okay for any kind of shrimp.
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Hmmm... That's not very good water for shrimps. In general, shrimp like medium hard to soft water and a pH below 7.5. I struggle with shrimps at my pH of 8.0. I'd also be worried about heavy metals in the tap with that kind of hardness. I know shrimp keepers in Arizona that have to use RO because the copper content of the water is just too high for shrimps.

You could try adding a small piece of driftwood to the jar and see if that helps lower the pH and hardness.

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