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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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    I think this is algae?

    I reckon that will be fungi rather than bacteria but could really be either. Not something I would worry about, it should eventually disappear of it's own accord once it exhausts the nutrients that are immediately available to it. Shrimp and probably some fish would eat this.
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    mystery of the vanishing cherries

    that's your guilty party right there.
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    Moss ID

    very curious to see the picture too, I assume this was somewhere near essex so there are quite a few different native species it could be.
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    My Dario sp. Scarlet & 'Melon/Flame red' badis

    Castle I understand the best way to determine sex before maturity other than by their behaviour, is that actual females will never have ANY red striping on the body, especially when sub-adult. Fully mature females may develop some darker stripes or a reddish tint to certain areas but never the...
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    Strange looking stuff on moss

    you're not wrong, and the picture doesn't really make for an easy positive ID, the only reason I say vorticella with such confidence is that I've spent a fair bit of time examining them closely recently and what's depicted in the OP appears exactly as they do in my daphnia and moina cultures...
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    Strange looking stuff on moss

    Here's a couple of good links on Vorticella and the risk they might pose to your shrimp: Vorticella: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artjun03/wdvorticella.html Risk to crustaceans, page 25, under heading 'Vorticella'...
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    Strange looking stuff on moss

    couple more picture for comparison.
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    Strange looking stuff on moss

    My bet is on a colonial protist, something like Stentor or Vorticella. They occur in many of my livefood cultures but they MAY be harmful to shrimp. The quote below is from a database of shrimp diseases that can be read at...
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    My Dario sp. Scarlet & 'Melon/Flame red' badis

    AlbaAquarist, I'm embarassed not to be able to give you better information on the water. I keep them relatively cool at 21/22c and would plan on raising that a little once they're in breeding condition - I understand the females get quite plump. I have well water rather than mains and it's...
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    My Dario sp. Scarlet & 'Melon/Flame red' badis

    I plan to try and breed these. Right now I have two Dario Hysginon, I believe they are a male and female pair, and a single male Dario dario. I've been searching for a few months now for female Dario dario with no luck whatsoever. The male who I found on his own amongst a huge shoal of tetras in...
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    Floating plants and PAR

    I think you are probably right zozo, the 'dwarf' variety can certainly unexpectedly begin to produce full sized plants although I've not had it happen to me. There seems to be a wide range of environmental triggers that can affect it's growth form. Although my lighting has remained constant the...
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    Floating plants and PAR

    Pistia stratiotes dwarf and regular forms thrive in low humidity, they can actually struggle and begin to rot in closed top tanks where the humidity is too high. I have the dwarf variety in an open top tank under a wavepoint led strip light and it would cover the entire surface in a week if I...
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