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    Random shrimp deaths in mature tank

    There are never "random" deaths, there is always a cause! If the shrimp are dropping off one by one it is usually (but not always) either a bacterial infection or a moulting issue. You need to determine which issue before you can address it, although both of these can be caused by high nitrates.
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    Random shrimp deaths in mature tank

    Digging up an old post here. Did you ever get to the bottom of this?
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    First time scape

    For those of you that know me you will know that i just don't scape tanks. My passion are shrimp and my idea of a scape it a bit of flame moss on some wood :eh: I have built up a fairly decent collection of moss and decided to do a moss scape :shock: I bought a new tank, filter lighting etc...
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    Shrimp Grades?

    Good to hear :D With a little luck and hard work i am hoping it will take off. Its always hard launching a forum when your the only one talking and listening :lol:
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    Shrimp Grades?

    http://www.shrimpkeeping.com/crs_grading.html ;)
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    Filters on Shrimp Only Tank?

    lol ebay normally, they just don't seem to have them on there. I'll see if i can find the seller in my ebay history.
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    Blue Aura Shrimp

    Not even Blue Tigers breed true. You can see pics of the Blue Jelly here:http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6b4fea280100s9re.html These don't breed true either, maybe 3 or 4 from each batch. I keep Blue Jelly and Incredible Hulk in a tank together and just remove the babies that don't pull rank...
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    Filters on Shrimp Only Tank?

    I use these often: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Red-Crystal-C ... 543wt_1185 You can get them much cheaper than advertised here though, i never pay more than £3-4 for them.
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    Substrates, Cat Litter, shrimp

    Charming, someone mentions cat sh*t and you think of me! ;) I can't help i'm afraid, never used it. What shrimp are you thinking of? you may not need the water buffered.
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    Stu's 90x45x45 Apalala Shore - IAPLC 2012 #114 - AGA 2012 #3

    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape (Video Page 7) This looks amazing!! If i was a woman i would be moist!
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    Blue Aura Shrimp

    Sexy! Keep us updated on these, i have been tempted for a while but decided on the Blue Jelly instead. I could be tempted again after seeing the pics!
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    **SHOW ME YOUR SHRIMPS**

    If you knew how much they cost me you wouldn't be so interested ;) Besides, i don't sell them, i hoard them :lol: They are not as easy to keep as normal CRS, only about a 60-70% survival rate of young, plus not all babies born are of solid colour. From each batch of babies only 2 or 3 shrimp...
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    Sulawesi Plant Identification

    LOL nice try :D I appreciate its not a common plant but any idea where i can get it? (i've decided on a new sulawesi setup)
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    Sulawesi Plant Identification

    Anyone have any idea what this plant is? 4th picture down - http://shrimpandsuch.wordpress.com/2012 ... o-in-2012/
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    Pregnant Cherry Shrimp Death

    What filter do you have on this tank? Is there any chance you could of had an ammonia spike?
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    Pregnant Cherry Shrimp Death

    Agree with Viv, parameters don't matter with cherries. The nitrates are sky high, that's a big issue. You need to be aiming for a max of 5 for nitrate, even thats too high. High nitrates lower the immune system of shrimp, preganant shrimp are always more sensitive anyway. Lower your nitrates...
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    Random shrimp deaths in mature tank

    How old is the substrate?
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    Pregnant Cherry Shrimp Death

    Have you tested GH lately? Its sounds growth related. As the shrimp has been carrying eggs for 4 weeks she would not have molted, i suspect a calcium deficiency but this is just a guess without knowing more. Any chance of posting your water parameters?
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    Keeping Blue Tiger Shrimp, Advice Please?

    I have kept Blue Tigers, still have a few. The problem i had was finding a decent substrate for Tigers, all shrimp substrates tend to make the water more acidic where as Tigers need it slightly alkaline. I used a lot of Tiger specific products to get the parameters right but i got sick of doing...
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    :eh: Still a touchy subject :lol: I guess that's pay back for the Crewe comment :lol: Mosura will do. Add the old sea mud on the base of the aquarium then add a layer of substrate, now sprinkle the BT-9 over the substrate then add a thick layer of substrate on top. The problem with mosura...
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    Grading guide added. Anyone think of anything else that needs to be added?
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    To be honest, i have no idea! I don't really keep high tech planted tanks, mine are all full of moss. The most adventurous i have ever been is by adding some Ludwigia glandulosa :shh: I'm sure someone on here has CRS in a heavily planted tank though? I know Ruse well, i was living in Veliko...
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    Zdrasti :) Where abouts in Bulgaria are you? I lived in BG for 4 years, are you English? If all you can get is shirakura then you are better off feeding boiled spinach or stinging nettles. Its pretty hard to under feed shrimp, as long as you have some plants or moss then they will live off the...
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    Usually loss of colour is either an infection, old age, poor water conditions or if they have just molted? If the colour is coming back it would suggest either poor water conditions or a molt. Are there any ghost shells about when you notice it? does a water changes trigger colour improvement?
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    I'll keep adding to it.
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    I have a bit of time on my hands this afternoon so thought i would do a little guide to CRS. I have seen and read many posts about people wanting to keep them so thought i would share some basics and things i have learnt during my shrimp keeping years. I am hoping anyone else who keeps them will...
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    Looking For Reputable CRS Breeders In The UK

    Massively! Cherries are really hardy, almost impossible to kill. Crystals are extremely sensitive and water conditions need to be spot on and remain stable. CRS (crystals) are a colour morph of wild bee shrimp, which are black and white. A Japanese breeder found a red colour morph in his tank of...
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    The problem with using standard gravel will be your KH. Kh readings need to be 0 or as close to it for the CRS to breed, your going to struggle to keep your KH at 0 and ph stable without using an active substrate.
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    Don't buy anything yet, you might not need to. If your using RO water and your parameters are that high then something in the tank is buffering the water. I suspect the TMC stuff you use but i can't be sure as i have never used it. Have you got any sort of rock in your tank?
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    Loads! Your ph needs to be around 6.4-6.6, KH 0 and Gh 4-6. Even if you do large water changes with RO water its unlikely your parameters will stay low enough for CRS, you have nothing in there to buffer the water. You live about 15 miles from me, which means your tap water is shockingly hard...
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    Looking For Reputable CRS Breeders In The UK

    If water parameters are within range and stable. My 'love' of Crewe stems from a teacher i had at school, he was a Crewe fan and always gave us a random quiz on the football club :geek: With water like that though i'm starting to like it ;)
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    Shrimp substrates can be used with tap water, it is how i started. Using tap water will shorten the lifespan of the substrate, but not as short as you are suggesting. They will last around 12 months with tap water, 2-3 years with RO water (from my experience) This does not include fluval stratum...
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    Looking For Reputable CRS Breeders In The UK

    LOL grovels then begs for shrimp, i love it!!!! I'm sure he won't take offence, living in crewe you have to expect it :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    Looking For Reputable CRS Breeders In The UK

    I think most here do :thumbup:
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    I used to do 30% a week, now i do 30% twice a week. I always drip feed the water back in over several hours, it has minimum impact on parameter changes.
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Good to hear! Keep the parameters as they are and stable, they should be acting like rabbits in no time :) All shrimp have a period where they don't breed, normally a month or 2 between November and March.
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Any progress?
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    I don't no, but try to get ebi gold over red bee sand. After 12 months the red bee sand stops buffering the water, ebi gold should last 18 months but i have never had a bag last less than 24 months. In the long run its much better going for the ebi gold. This is where i get my ebi gold...
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    Yellow Fire Neons - homes required soon.....

    I'm shocked as well, that's why i asked. Please they are doing so well for you so soon! :thumbup:
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    Yellow Fire Neons - homes required soon.....

    Are these the Yellows you got from me?
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    Red Bolt Shrimp!

    I have heard of single PRL going for £10,000 in Japan, so something one off may go for crazy money if somebody is mad enough!
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    Red Bolt Shrimp!

    Yeah Silane, they are not bred by him though. He did have a picture of a rainbow bolt somewhere, i can't find it though, it looked stunning!
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    Red Bolt Shrimp!

    Its ugly :? I have seen a better coloured Red Bolt but they are far from stable, so much so that it is unlikely they will ever become desirable in the hobby. If you are looking for an unusual variant of Taiwan Bees then look at the 'Incredible Hulk'
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    Wipe Out

    I agree, its hard to understand his English but from what i make out its no good for pesticides. Its unlikely any product could help, i think its just a case of knowing where to buy and where not. I guess this is a lesson for us all!
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    Wipe Out

    I have just had a quick conversation with a breeder in Japan, his English is not great but this is what i got: To treat parasites you should dip the plants in sparkling mineral water for about 20 seconds, the carbon dioxide will kill the parasites. However, it will not kill the eggs so a repeat...
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    Wipe Out

    I use something in all my shrimp tanks that "removes harmful substances from the water", i am not sure how far this stretches though. I will do a little more research before i start touting it as being safe.
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    Wipe Out

    I think your handling it very well and graciously! Just remember though, there is no such thing as bad publicity! Posting a link to the sellers website will only increase website traffic and possibly sales.
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    Plant Identification

    Thanks for the replies. As Riccardia chamedryfolia is the only suggestion i think i'll order some and give it a try. Thanks again.
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    **SHOW ME YOUR SHRIMPS**

    I did but they are Japanese imports.
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Just pm'd you with an offer of my left overs :)
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Fingers crossed that is the issue! Come back if not, we'll start again :D
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    I have not used the JBL stuff but it looks like the case, we have eliminated everything else. Use something else to re-mineralise and ph should hopefully come down.
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    **SHOW ME YOUR SHRIMPS**

    Pure Red Line
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    Wipe Out

    I'm gutted for you, genuinely! I once had my 2 yr old daughter pour perfume in my high grade CRS tank, i lost about 200 of them! People say toothache is the worst pain in the world, i disagree, losing shrimp is worse!
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    **SHOW ME YOUR SHRIMPS**

    Heres a pic of my lower grade PRL, i love showing these off :D
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    When did you last calibrate your ph meter? Have you tested the water coming directly out of the RO unit?
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Nice! Nothing in there looks like it would be buffering the water. What test kit are you using?
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    If you are using RO and Akadama then your ph should be much lower, something is buffering it. Have you got a photo of your setup? What are you using to re-mineralise the water?
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    How are your parameters now? Have they come down yet?
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    Plant Identification

    Its the only picture i can find i'm afraid :(
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    Plant Identification

    Hmm........ I just clicked it and its fine. Everyone else see it ok?
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    The Story So Far..........

    Lucky guess ;)
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    Plant Identification

    Hello All, I appreciate this is a small picture but can anyone tell me what this is attached to the rock? Thanks in advance http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/whatplant.jpg/
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    Akadama is also good, the colour always put me off though. The shrimp always look brighter against a dark substrate. Its only personal preference though.
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    The Story So Far..........

    If you have an active substrate then keeping you KH at 0 is no problem, there is no threat of a ph crash etc. The parameters look good, the only thing strange is being able to keep the parameters stable if you are using normal gravel, there MUST be something in the tank?
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    If the long term plan is CRS then get yourself a decent active substrate, like Ebi Gold. It will help buffer your water and keep it stable. Cherries can survive in pretty much all conditions so use them to practice on, try and keep your tank parameters what they would be if keeping CRS. If you...
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    If you are only keeping cherries then that should be all you need. As long as you have a gh reading of around 5, to help with moulting, you will be fine. Cherries are extremely easy to keep.
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    The Story So Far..........

    Yes if he is using RO water then the KH should be 0, what i am suggesting is that it is not reading 0. I think there is something in the tank, possibly some kind of rock that is pushing the KH up. 0 KH is what helps the shrimp breed. In the wild a heavy rainfall often encourages shrimp to...
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    The Story So Far..........

    i disagree, kh 0 is perfect! But i just don't think it is reading 0 or the shrimp would be breeding. Its normal for CRS breeding to slow down during the winter months but if your dosing the breeding liquid you shouldn't have a problem, your kh MUST be higher than 0, that's your problem.
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    Its fine for something simple like cherry shrimp. If you want to keep something like CRS etc then its useless, it does not buffer the ph low enough, it has no effect on kh and only last about 6 months. I have only ever heard horro stories from people that have used it. Save your money!!!!
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    Always try the cheaper option first ;) But if you already have the products you need then try them first.
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    The Story So Far..........

    Just reading your post again, you said you now using "normal gravel". You must be using something to buffer the water and keep the parameters stable?
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    Red Rili berried

    Hi Bungy, I have some red/blue rili that i have had for a while now. I only seem to get about 10% of them breeding true, the other 90% are either all red or revert to their natural brown colour. How do you find the standard red rili? I know they don't breed true but do you get a higher than...
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    The Story So Far..........

    Hi Shrimpy, I know you said your KH is 0 but i don't think it is. When did you last test your KH readings? how old is your test kit? Have you added any rocks to the tank lately? Seriyu stone/mini landscape rock?
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    20g new red cherry setting up help please

    DO NOT USE fluval substrate, it is completely useless! Get some ebi gold substrate, use the products you mentioned and you will be fine. You have all the minerals needed for your RO water.
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    Shrimp like Database.

    www.shrimpkeeping.com ;)
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    If your using RO then there is no way your parameters should be reading what they are! You must have some hardscape in the tank that is buffering the water?
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    Shrimp grade??

    http://www.shrimpkeeping.com/crs_grading.html
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    Random shrimp deaths in mature tank

    You say Nitrates are fine, what was the reading? If you have a load of dead plants then that is going to hike up your nitrates. High nitrates lower the shrimps immune system making them them extremely prone to bacteria infections.
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    Random shrimp deaths in mature tank

    Has anything been added to the tank lately? new shrimp, hardscape, plants etc? How are your nitrate levels?
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    Yellow Shrimp (Neocaridina heterpoda var. yellow)

    The yellows are the yellow version of cherries, identical apart from colour. Don't mix them with cherries though, if they breed they will revert back to there natural brown colour, not pretty!
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    New shrimp 60l cube, a few questions...

    All my shrimp tanks run 10,000k lighting on an 8 hour timer. I get VERY little algae problems, i maybe scrape the sides about once a month.
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    New shrimp 60l cube, a few questions...

    if its the 400 model it should be fine, its only 6500k, perfect for a nano tank.
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    New shrimp 60l cube, a few questions...

    I am loving the tank! I always keep mine pretty bare and minimal, you've inspired me :) Where did you get the light from? it looks sexy!
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    what mosura products?

    Sent :)
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    what mosura products?

    not sure on forum rules about links to shops. I have pm'd you links to mosura and borneowild suppliers
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    how do i setup my tank 24" for red bee

    sorry, just realised how old this thread is. I still want an answer though :P
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    how do i setup my tank 24" for red bee

    I always thought Benibachi Shrimp Emergency was for pregnant shrimp that were holding eggs too long? Are you trying to say it can also be used for bacterial infections?
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    what mosura products?

    If your looking at the budget end of CRS products then try Borneowild instead, they have a much better range. I have used Mosura in the past and there seems to be no quality control, sometimes you get a full bottle, other times half, its extremely frustrating!!
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    A YEAR!!!!! You need to get you kh down before you do anything else. In the wild shrimp always breed after a heavy rainfall, keeping your kh at 0 will help imitate this and promote breeding. Have you got anything in your tank that could be causing the high KH? do you use RO water?
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    Selling Snow White Shrimp (Taiwan Hybrids)

    Sorry, all gone :(
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    My shrimp disappeared

    How are your nitrate levels? High nitrates make shrimp very prone to infection!
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    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Its normal for breeding activity to slow down around this time of year. Is your KH reading 0? If it is then you have 2 options, Mosura Eros or Benibachi Breeding Liquid.
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    Shrimp suicide - sad day

    What are the oxygen levels like in the tank?
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    New shrimp 60l cube, a few questions...

    Try this: http://www.crustahunter.com/en/node/894
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    New to shrimp with a few questions

    Something is not right, there is no way your ph will read 7 if your using akadama, something must be buffering the water. What hardscape do you have in the tank? Also, using the "mulm from your chichlid tank" is a no go! CRS are super sensitive to bacterial changes, if your cycling a shrimp...
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    Tap water pH and Shrimp

    If you didn't have such a bad football team i might have considered moving :P
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    Selling Snow White Shrimp (Taiwan Hybrids)

    Looks like i'm in the clear then :D
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    Tap water pH and Shrimp

    Sounds like perfect water! Where do you live, got a room to rent? :P I've not used a HMA filter, does it remove nitrates or just the heavy metals?
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    Tap water pH and Shrimp

    I completely agree! 4 weeks minimum in my opinion. That part of the post is completely blahblahblahblahblahblah to be honest, the rest is spot on though. It explains clearly what needs to be done and shows pictures as guidance, perfect for someone setting up there first shrimp tank. Doing it that way also makes...
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