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Dave-id
07-04-2007, 05:38 PM
I got some red Cherries about a week ago. They're great little shrimp; my favourite is this one female I have with really bold red/white striping on her legs. The males aren't as colorful, but a lot of them have some really beautiful patterns.

The video is mainly just to show off their interesting behaviour, since there isn't much detail - you can barely even tell they're red. Shrimp do not appreciate strong currents (you can witness their very gentle swimming style in the video), so I've had a piece of filter foam floating on top of the tank underneath the filter outlet. I added a second one recently as the first one sunk. Eventually I'll devise a permanent, more aesthetic way to diffuse the flow, but in the meanwhile, the shrimp love the sponges. Red Cherries' main diet is aufwuchs (an assortment of micro-organisms), which grow great in sponges.

Enjoy :22:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-pdjRMcC-aA

troy
07-04-2007, 06:35 PM
How much did you pay for them. I'm wondering because I've never seen them for sale at any local fish stores.

Dave-id
07-05-2007, 10:13 PM
I got them online for $1 each plus shipping from a breeder in B.C. They've nearly doubled in size in the last week, and they're very pretty.
In the last six years or so, I've come across small red shrimp (labeled differently every time) every couple years for $6-$8 at various pet stores. I've heard red cherries were not "discovered" until some time in 2003, so the ones I got before then were probably rainbow shrimp. I've never kept more than 2 or 3 at a time until just now, so they never bred. If you're in the states, there are plenty of online sources. If you're in Canada, the place I got mine from was www.dwarfshrimp.com

Shrimper
07-07-2007, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the plug Dave. :22:

Cool video too!!! :c5:

troy
07-07-2007, 06:12 PM
Thanks, but I don't think I'll order any.

RobbieG
07-08-2007, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the plug Dave. :22:

Cool video too!!! :c5:

Nice site - any eta on the other species?

Dave-id
07-11-2007, 03:57 AM
Thanks for the plug Dave. :22:

Cool video too!!! :c5:

Hey Paul, they're doing pretty well; I think? They're very lively, colorful, eating well etc.
I just had a death on Sunday night/Monday morning that kind of shook me a bit. They were also acting like they may not have been getting enough food, but I'm not so sure that was the case either - they were eating quite a lot (and leaving the cylindrical evidence to prove it too). I'm quite possibly just overprotective, this is the single largest group of any animal I've ever kept. I joined petshrimp.com and started a thread there (normally I just browse). There are a lot of people there who are very serious about their shrimp, so hopefully I'll get some useful perspectives. If anybody here feels like reading through a bunch of my moderately paranoid ramblings, here's the link (http://www.petshrimp.com/discussions/viewtopic.php?p=24001#23997). Any input would be appreciated, and hopefully it's not against the rules of this forum to link to outside forums?
I've never understood that honestly. The competitive edge that seems to exist amongst certain people who are supposedly devoted to the online sharing of information. I've not seen it here (part of the reason I joined), but I have seen it a lot of other places. Forum administrators who feel so threatened by anybody posting a link to the outside world that they will ban members just to keep their particular little congregation "pure". That's silly. EVERYBODY benefits from shared information. Uh oh, I'm starting to rant again...

Okay, I took some pictures today, about 130 actually. A few of them even turned out :19:
Here's a slightly blurry shot that shows some nice nice color at least:
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6113/p1020545dd6.jpg

Dave-id
07-11-2007, 04:05 AM
And here's a very cute though not intensely colored female with an approaching amano:
http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/2395/p1020561lz9.jpg

Amano's get kind of tangled in the java moss, but they seem to like it anyway
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7666/p1020580iv0.jpg

A little, but very cute shrimp; likely male
http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/7903/p1020564ob0.jpg

Another nicely colored one, please don't make fun of my choice in aquascaping!
http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/1990/p1020573ye3.jpg

Dave-id
07-11-2007, 07:35 AM
My apologies; I'm still up snapping pictures...

Getting better at it though!

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/5285/p1020740fu4.jpg

Lots of shrimp
http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/8408/p1020690om3.jpg

Don't forget the ghosts who started it all
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/1198/p1020646yn6.jpg

What's that? More shrimp?
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9948/p1020866nn9.jpg

Drumachine09
07-11-2007, 08:22 AM
You have a REALLY good camera.

Dave-id
07-11-2007, 03:05 PM
Thanks, it's not the greatest, but still a nice camera with a good lense, and with enough patience it can sure get nice shots. I really wish I had an SLR though. I can set most of the settings on my camera manually, but a couple things still drive me nuts. There is no manual focus, which can get extremely frustrating, and there is always a half second delay between when you press the button and when it actually snaps the picture - so action shots are often missed.

If you have a webcam and a laptop, some of those can take great macros too! I had a cheap webcam ($40) that could take such detailed pictures, you could see the raised ink on text! It was manual focus, and had good light sensitivity, although colors weren't always that vibrant. Colors could be touched up in an image program though. Unfortunately the cats played with the webcam even more than I did, so it ended up in a cupboard.

Dave-id
07-13-2007, 02:51 AM
Yes, I am having major issues right now with my cherries (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=7566), but I need a break from the stress. After I did everything I thought I could for them Wednesday night, I got to taking some more pictures.
One of my attempts to make them happy included leaving a clear container full of dirty tank water outside in the sun for several days with an ornament in it. I was attempting to grow algae, and assorted micro-organisms. I was disappointed to see there was no visible algae growth, but I chucked it in the tank anyway.
Well, I may not have been able to see anything, but my shrimp LOVED it, I've never seen them so excited. Almost every single shrimp in the tank was swarming all over this thing for over an hour. I took close to two hundred pictures, and picked out a couple dozen favorites to keep.

I really should have taken a video, as the pictures are all very poor substitutes for the amount of activity that was going on.

Here are a couple shots:
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/1070/p1020889af7.jpg
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/5039/p1020916yc9.jpg

Back to the real world... A couple hours before these were taken a shrimp died. Several hours before that, another one had died. The next morning, a third shrimp was near death. It did not even respond to touch; although it was still breathing. :scry:

I think I have copper in my water.. But I'm in denial.