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  1. Default Got some live Xmas gifts...so I have questions!


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    Hello,
    I recently received a few Xmas presents of the underwater variety, and I have a few general questions. Tank 20g tall, established with a 20g, a 10g, and a 5g filter (it's like I'm collecting them...). Nitrates about 15-20ppm from the tap.

    First item, 2 CRS. I was assured they were one male and one female. How can I ensure they will breed? And how long might it take to see growth in numbers? Anything special for the babies?

    Second, bunch of java moss and an Anubias. I know java moss is kind of a "stick it in there and let it do it's thing" plant, but is there anything I need to keep the Anubias alive? I wedged it into a piece of driftwood, but I'm wondering if I should plant it in the gravel instead. Something about rhizomes?? I have no ferts and regular tank lighting. Probably plenty of mulm though, lol.

    Last question.....How am I going to suction my gravel with tiny tiny shrimp in my tank? It's bad enough my neons want to take a ride in the python all the time :-/

    Thanks a ton!
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    A lovely red rose for you to enjoy ... - mermaidwannabe for the help - smaug Happy Father's Day! - Aminax awesome tank in TOTM - Lady Hobbs Good guess! - Lab_Rat 
    To match your Super speed LOL - 850R Cool contest! - Wild Turkey Great shrimp advice - Wild Turkey You have the patience of a rock - Aeonflame Happy 5th Anniversary - Aminax 
    Thanks! - Scrup hmm i dont this its the right species... but merry xmas XD - genocidex Merry Christmas! I blub you! - Aminax I love following your informative and well designed threads. I hope these loaches get huge for you! - Sandz Happy 30th birthday! - Aminax 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Thanks for you help! Cheers! - koaladarshana Happy Birthday Bud. Cheers! - Strider199 Merry Xmas! Ill drink to that! - Sandz Happy New Year! - jeffs99dime 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azurescriber View Post
    First item, 2 CRS. I was assured they were one male and one female. How can I ensure they will breed? And how long might it take to see growth in numbers? Anything special for the babies?
    females are a more solid red and have a goldish "saddle" that appears on their backs when they are ready to breed. Once the female produces eggs you'll see them carried under her tail until they hatch. I believe that takes about a month. As for insuring the two get along, not sure. Normally you start with a larger group, like 10 or 20 shrimp, and they you can be sure breeding will happen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Azurescriber View Post
    Second, bunch of java moss and an Anubias. I know java moss is kind of a "stick it in there and let it do it's thing" plant, but is there anything I need to keep the Anubias alive? I wedged it into a piece of driftwood, but I'm wondering if I should plant it in the gravel instead. Something about rhizomes?? I have no ferts and regular tank lighting. Probably plenty of mulm though, lol.
    Anubias is very undemanding. It will grow without ferts or strong lights. You don't want to bury the rhizome (the thick stem part that all the leaves branch off of. If you tie it or glue it to driftwood or a rock or something, it will eventually latch roots onto it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Azurescriber View Post
    Last question.....How am I going to suction my gravel with tiny tiny shrimp in my tank?
    The shrimp are more likely to be hiding in the plants and decor than down in the gravel. But, if you're concerned, I would suggest that when you vaccuum the gravel, you siphon into a bucket instead of straight to a drain. That way, you can inspect what you pull out (a flashlight helps) and check to see if you've sucked up anything you want to keep.
    300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
    75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
    70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
    60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
    29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
    10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brhino View Post
    The shrimp are more likely to be hiding in the plants and decor than down in the gravel. But, if you're concerned, I would suggest that when you vaccuum the gravel, you siphon into a bucket instead of straight to a drain. That way, you can inspect what you pull out (a flashlight helps) and check to see if you've sucked up anything you want to keep.
    I have a python water changer...attaches to my faucet directly. Usually I just let it drain down since I like to move a lot of water...so maybe I can plug my sink and stop as it fills? Or would a cheesecloth over the suction tube work...still suck up small bits of gunk but not a fish? It's good to know the shrimp probably won't be a problem, but my neons are also worrisome.

    Btw, RCS are expensive here...I'd love to add more, but they are $6 each! I didn't know they'd be choosy with their mates.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    A lovely red rose for you to enjoy ... - mermaidwannabe for the help - smaug Happy Father's Day! - Aminax awesome tank in TOTM - Lady Hobbs Good guess! - Lab_Rat 
    To match your Super speed LOL - 850R Cool contest! - Wild Turkey Great shrimp advice - Wild Turkey You have the patience of a rock - Aeonflame Happy 5th Anniversary - Aminax 
    Thanks! - Scrup hmm i dont this its the right species... but merry xmas XD - genocidex Merry Christmas! I blub you! - Aminax I love following your informative and well designed threads. I hope these loaches get huge for you! - Sandz Happy 30th birthday! - Aminax 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Thanks for you help! Cheers! - koaladarshana Happy Birthday Bud. Cheers! - Strider199 Merry Xmas! Ill drink to that! - Sandz Happy New Year! - jeffs99dime 
    Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - Brhino 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azurescriber View Post
    I have a python water changer...attaches to my faucet directly. Usually I just let it drain down since I like to move a lot of water...so maybe I can plug my sink and stop as it fills? Or would a cheesecloth over the suction tube work...still suck up small bits of gunk but not a fish? It's good to know the shrimp probably won't be a problem, but my neons are also worrisome.

    Btw, RCS are expensive here...I'd love to add more, but they are $6 each! I didn't know they'd be choosy with their mates.
    If you suck them up with a python, by the time they come out the other end they'll be mixing with the water from the tap that's creating the venturi, which they likely would not survive. Your cheesecloth might work, or you might consider using a separate gravel vacuum just for cleaning your substrate, and the python for the rest of the water change. I always stick the end of my python someplace the fish can't get to it if I'm not standing right there staring at it, because, like you say, it can be a problem.

    You're in Jackson, not far from me. Look on aquabid.com. There's where I got my 20 that started my colony. It was 20 shrimp for $20 plus free shipping. I'd never bought livestock online but it worked fine.
    300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
    75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
    70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
    60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
    29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
    10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails

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    I also brought some rcs from aquabid with success. For the price you paid you can get 10 for $15 with free shipping. I would wait for warmer weather though.

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    OP mentioned CRS as opposed to RCS. CRS tend to be quite a bit pricier, depending how they are graded.

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    Oops...good catch but I did mean RCS...not confident enough in my params for CRS.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    A lovely red rose for you to enjoy ... - mermaidwannabe for the help - smaug Happy Father's Day! - Aminax awesome tank in TOTM - Lady Hobbs Good guess! - Lab_Rat 
    To match your Super speed LOL - 850R Cool contest! - Wild Turkey Great shrimp advice - Wild Turkey You have the patience of a rock - Aeonflame Happy 5th Anniversary - Aminax 
    Thanks! - Scrup hmm i dont this its the right species... but merry xmas XD - genocidex Merry Christmas! I blub you! - Aminax I love following your informative and well designed threads. I hope these loaches get huge for you! - Sandz Happy 30th birthday! - Aminax 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Thanks for you help! Cheers! - koaladarshana Happy Birthday Bud. Cheers! - Strider199 Merry Xmas! Ill drink to that! - Sandz Happy New Year! - jeffs99dime 
    Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - Brhino 

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    Ah, I've seen it written Cherry Red Shrimp or Red Cherry Shrimp, so I assumed that's what you meant.
    300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
    75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
    70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
    60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
    29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
    10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails

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    I agree about the vacuuming and getting a smaller syphon if you can. Often people use a python for larger tanks so there isn't a need to be carrying so many buckets of water back and forth but 20gal isn't that big.

    I've read about using a knee high stocking secured with a rubber band to avoid sucking up shrimp/baby fish. Also, there's a member here who was selling these shrimp - don't remember who it was.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    For RCS, that certainly is a very high price. I love my LFS, but they also sell these for $4 - $6, so I bought from a forum member. 25+ shipped for $25. This time of year could be tricky because of weather depending on where you are and where they are coming from. But when it's mild, these shrimp travel really well. I had no DOA.

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