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    Trumpet snails

    My biggest MT snails are about an inch long but I don't know if they have finished growing yet! Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Aquarium Silicon Mat

    I use that plastic egg crate diffuser, I am not sure that this would spread the load very much at all so I would be worried about point loading 6mm glass like that. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Neocaridina Blue Dream - Feeding schedule help

    I am probably going to get shot down in flames for this but I don't worry too much about feeding. I have two colonies of red neos and one of PRL Caridina and, when the tanks were quite new ( Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    caridina shrimp

    No, sorry. I installed a small RO system when I started keeping caridina and it was neither expensive nor difficult to install. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Is a shrimp only tank easier to maintain?

    Other people will have other opinions, that's just what I do, but I can't see the harm if you regularly monitor parameters. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Is a shrimp only tank easier to maintain?

    I don't. After the tanks are properly established I just top up with RO water as and when. Obviously I still monitor parameters but they stay very stable, Shrimp produce very little waste. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Is a shrimp only tank easier to maintain?

    Absolutely. I have three tanks and maintenance is really only tidying up the plants and keeping on top of the water. Between the shrimps and a few nerites I have barely any algae so there is very little to do. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Amano Shrimp Berried - Can the young survive?

    As I understand it, yes. I am not sure if the eggs will even hatch in fresh water. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Rock "rough" 50l hardscape

    That looks great. Nice one! [emoji106] Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Rock "rough" 50l hardscape

    I hope it goes well, I can't wait to see it finished! Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Rock "rough" 50l hardscape

    Yes, I barely noticed the roots in the second shot. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Rock "rough" 50l hardscape

    I really like the look of this. Personally I would stick to rock and plants for something like this but that's just me. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Exciting developments: California Blackworm culture

    Ah! Thanks for explaining. That is indeed very exciting, good work! Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Exciting developments: California Blackworm culture

    I must admit that I don't fully understand the implications or ramifications of this but it certainly sounds exciting. Well done Simon! Could you please explain this to me like I am a small child? Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    attaching Buces and Anubias

    I use dark brown linen thread. It is very strong and the muted colour blends in really well with lots of colours of wood and stone, then it rots away after several months. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Nerite eggs all over the place

    I would love to know the answer to this as one of my tanks is covered in Nerite eggs. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Tips on choosing and using found rocks and wood in a planted tank?

    If the stone bubbles or fizzes when you put vinegar on it then it will dissolve slowly in water and raise your pH and hardness Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Tips on choosing and using found rocks and wood in a planted tank?

    As I understand it you should thoroughly boil found items to avoid transferring any parasites to your tank, and that wood should have the bark removed. There is probably more advice than that but those two stuck in my memory Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Propagating Stems

    I cut mine just above the lowest leaf node so that they bush out low down, then strip the lowest pair of leaves off the"top" bit that I cut off and replant it. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Snails with Crystal Red shrimps?

    Thank God for that! I had one tank get completely overrun by them at one point, I want to avoid that if at all possible. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Snails with Crystal Red shrimps?

    That's good to know, thanks. Do the ramshorns breed any slower in your water? Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    My latest tank, currently going through it's cycle

    I just finished setting this up, ultimately to house some Caridina Cantonensis once it has cycled. It's a Fluval Flex 57 litre Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Snails with Crystal Red shrimps?

    I am setting up a new tank to house some Crystal Red Caridina shrimps and am wondering about snails to control algae. The shrimps need soft water at a lowish pH, are there any snails who would do ok in the same conditions? I have nerites and ramshorns in with my Neos but they have much harder...
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    Critique my hardscape

    That's some really nice wood and you have put together a good scape. Nice work! Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    How many nerites?

    Yes, I do the same but for the Neos. I am getting the snails as the shrimps are not eating enough of it! Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    How many nerites?

    No, I think it is the narrow leaf variety. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    How many nerites?

    It is pretty heavily planted with Java Fern, red root floaters and dwarf hair grass, plus a good population of neocaridinas. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Bug identification help

    I am going to go for detritus worms. Harmless but a sign of overfeeding. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    How many nerites?

    Just a quick one: How many nerites should I stock in a 30l tank? Would two or three be ok? Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    What is this?

    That is a nymph of a mayfly or damselfly I think. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Breeding shrimps 2 questions

    Hi, Congratulations on being a shrimp grandma! I have only been keeping a couple of years but can tell you what I know: 1. No need to worry about inbreeding, I had the same question but was told that some people have had whole colonies lasting for a decade or more from a few initial individuals...
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    Shrimp Crisps

    Genius! I might try that. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Kentish Ragstone

    From a brief stint in another life bashing wooden pegs into the ground in a ragstone quarry it is more like a sandstone so should be ok. Get a bit, leave it to dry and then pour some vinegar or Viakal on it. If it fizzes then it will dissolve, harden your water (if it is possible to make Kent...
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    Shrimp tank

    It has worked fine, sits perfectly between 26 and 24 centigrade based on my little stick on thermometer. It's a great set. My only concern was that the sponge on the filter seemed a little coarse for shrimplets but you can get a finer one. Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Shrimp tank

    Excuse the algae, it needs a clean! This is the pump, it's rated up to 400l p/h but you can adjust the flow. https://www.aquatic-spare-parts.co.uk/proddetail/aquael-pat-mini-filter Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Shrimp tank

    I have an Aquael Shrimp Set Smart and have found it to be excellent. It comes with pump (Aquael Pat Mini) and a very good LED light, I can't remember if my heater was included or not. Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Messing with 10l Nano scapes

    2 looks great! Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Crushed Coral

    As I understand it crushed coral, or other carbonate containing substances like limestone, can be used to bump up the hardness of your water if needed. Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Ram Bam and Gone- torn down ready for its new life

    Gotcha, thanks. Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Ram Bam and Gone- torn down ready for its new life

    Will you be trying the terrestrial moss immersed? I am interested to try it myself but concerned that it will die. Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Nano tank

    Good call. My first tank was the Aquael shrimp set and it has been great. I did replace the filter with a sponge filter because I was scared about shrimplets getting sucked in. The sponge that comes with it is quite coarse but could easily be replaced. Sent from my MI 9 using Tapatalk
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    Recommend me a shrimp food . . .

    Mine have daily Bacter AE supplemented with a few Hikari Crab Cuisine every couple of days or so, which they love. Blanched broccoli is a big favourite as well. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Nano 30 lt nature

    Another vote for number one. I like the planting plan too. What are you thinking of in terms of filtration etc? Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Black Sulawesi shrimp

    Wow! They are lovely looking. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Ram Bam and Gone- torn down ready for its new life

    That's looking really good, nice work. Funny you mention boatmen as I had a few in my pond this summer, fascinating creatures. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Ram Bam and Gone- torn down ready for its new life

    I am interested to see how this works out. Do you have any photos? Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Population explosion

    I am already thinking about the next tank! Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Population explosion

    I must be doing something right as my shrimps won't stop breeding! The initial six have multiplied to too many to count in the last few months. Please excuse the grainyness, I just fed them their BacterAE and then realised how many were visible so decided to take a photo. The moss at the back is...
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    Don’t Panic!

    Bacter AE isn't cheap but a little goes a LONG way. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Don’t Panic!

    Yes, I should have mentioned that. I only give them a small portion of the spoon and have a lot of aeration going on. Sent from my [null] using Tapatalk
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    Don’t Panic!

    I have had a good four or five generations of babies so far in my little tank and did nothing apart from moving to a sponge filter and airstone and adding some Moss for them to graze on. I keep them temperature around 25 Celsius and feed Bacter AE daily with occasional Hikari crab cuisine or...
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    River Bend

    It looks promising and I am looking forward to seeing it planted. Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Valley #1

    It looks really good. What are you thinking of for planting it? Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape Valley #1

    Nice rock, I like it a lot. What type is it? Is that lots of pieces joined together or a big piece on each side? Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Where to buy Manzanita wood in Kent?

    I don't know about stock but pelagic aquatics may be worth speaking to, or Maidenhead aquatics maybe? Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Hardscaping- Rock Work

    Tagged as I am interested to follow the development of this idea. I am also toying with the idea of a rock-heavy scape next so I am hoping to pick up some tips and inspiration. Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Inspirational Iwagumi aquascapes

    These are amazing. I think I may try this for my next scape. Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Simple bedside nano

    That looks very nice. Good work! Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Shrimplets and Aquael Pat Mini

    Thanks, that is very comforting to hear. Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    Shrimplets and Aquael Pat Mini

    I have a 30l cube tank with about a dozen RCS and a few Ramshorn snails, quite heavily planted. It has a Pat mini filter and Leddy lights. One of my RCS is berried so, in a panic, I put the foot of a 40 denier tights over the sponge of my filter as I was concerned about the shrimplets being...
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    First tank

    Thanks, I will give that a try. It would tidy things up a bit. Sent from my Mi MIX 2S using Tapatalk
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    First tank

    Thanks guys. The shrimp have only been in a couple of weeks so it's too early to expect babies yet I guess. I was worried that some had died as I had only seen one or two but I saw five grazing on algae earlier so I guess all the plants must be hiding them. Thanks for the Photoshop work too...
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    Hi from Kent

    Hi, I am new here so thought I would introduce myself. I have just got a little 20l cube as a bit of interest on my desk in my office at home. Current residents are 3 ramshorns and 6 cherry shrimp, I put a photo up in the gallery of it.
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    First tank

    Hi, I am new here but wanted to get some feedback on my first tank. It's a 20l cube that's been running for about 6 weeks or so now. I have three Ramshorn snails and a few cherry shrimp, although the shrimp are keeping a low profile at the moment. Have I let it get too overgrown? Please excuse...
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