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Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:43 pm
by malakye
looking good, have you had any success with the shrimp breeding yet?

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:20 pm
by Harley
I never seem to see more than 6-8 at any one time but yes I think they are breeding. I see the males swimming around on a regular basis & females keep getting the yellow saddle. I haven't seen any with the young shrimp yet but they can easily hide. Something is cleaning the ceramic media!

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:53 pm
by malakye
You will not see the adults with young shrimp, once the eggs hatch the young are independant and the adults take nothing to do with them. Have you seen any of the females carrying eggs?

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:14 pm
by Harley
Yesterday I saw a large female with eggs that had dropped to the underside. First one I have seen. There's been no sign of it today though.

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:52 am
by malakye
they usually carry the eggs for a few days before they hatch. Hopefully she is just hiding. Do you have a lot of plants for the new babies to hide amongst away from fish?

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:42 pm
by Harley
If you look at my last photo you can see the plants that I have added. You can also see the ceramic media- like lava rock at the front of the tank. Because this is not dense like gravel it gives lots of spaces for the shrimp to hide.

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:07 pm
by Harley
I had to stop adding the iron supplement to the tank water. The plants were doing well on it but my shrimp didn't like it. I saw them less & less. I thought I had lost them all. They are starting to show themselves again but I haven't seen any females yet. I'll watch the plants & if they start turning yellow I'll try the iron again but at a reduced dose. It's all trial & error.

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:01 pm
by malakye
Personally I don't like adding any metal based suppliments when there are shrimp in the tank. I only ever added a liquid fertiliser to my planted shrimp tanks.

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:52 pm
by Harley
I was using a liquid feed. I checked on the website to see if it was safe before I used it because it contained traces of copper. The website said even double doseing would not harm th shrimp. The amount was that small. I'm not sure what else it could be so I am just being careful. I would like to see some females with eggs tho. Then I'll know everything is OK.

Re: BioLife30

PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:55 pm
by malakye
I wouldnt use anything at all containing copper no matter how small a dose as copper is deadly to shrimp. I found that out the hard way. Even minute amounts build up and can become toxic so avoid using anything like that at all costs.