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Commodore 64
02-26-2008, 12:11 AM
My wife ordered several shrimp for our 55g tank. She's been browsing Arizona Aquatic Gardens (http://www.azgardens.com/) for several months, and finally pulled the trigger on:

5 Cherry Shrimp
4 Singapore Wood Shrimp
5 Rudolph the Red Nosed Shrimp
5 Bumble Bee Shrimp
5 Dwarf Emerald Green Deora Algae Eating Shrimp
12 Nerite Snails

Shrimp are a little tough to find, so I thought I'd mention Arizona Aquatic Gardens...I will update this thread when they arrive (Wednesday). They are being shipped Tuesday from AZ to OH.

I was thinking outfitting the tank with something similar to one of the Algae Squad (http://www.azgardens.com/algaesquad.php) packages. They claim that they can almost completely mitigate troublesome algae growth.

We'll see how this first shipment goes. :)

Adrian
02-26-2008, 12:25 AM
Congrats on your order. Keep us posted.

shockshockshad
02-26-2008, 12:55 AM
I get my plants at az gardens. Pretty nice selcection.

Commodore 64
02-26-2008, 12:05 PM
The Az Gardens folks said that the shrimp are used to a little salt. 1 teaspoon per 20 gallons. I did a search on this forum, and the opinions are very mixed on salt...

The rate of 1 teaspoon per 20 gallons is pretty low, compared to what I've seen discussed (on the order of 1 Tablespoon per 5-10 gallons)...so I went ahead and added 2.5 teaspoons of aquarium salt to my tank.

At the moment the denizens of my tank are 1 red-tailed shark, 1 molly, 1 apple snail, 1 old cory cat, and 1 golden chinese algae eater.

jbeining75
02-26-2008, 12:09 PM
The shrimp should be awesome. AZ gardens is a good store. They have a great selection and usually ship out Thursdays I think it is... Take some pics when you got them ready.

sailor
02-26-2008, 01:07 PM
Sounds like a great mix, I can't wait to see some pics once they are settled in:thumb:

angelcakes
02-26-2008, 02:30 PM
sounds good look forward to pics thumbs2: thumbs2:

Tooch
02-26-2008, 02:32 PM
Sounds like an awesome variety! Can't wait to see some pix! :thumb:

Sasquatch
02-26-2008, 02:58 PM
Looks like a nice selection of shrimp, hope they all arrive in top shape.

As for the "Algae Squad" .... I'd have some reservations about buying them. Two SAEs for a 10g tank? It'll take care of your algae alright, but what are you going to do with them once they grow up? Two otos? They gregarious fish and should be kept in larger groups than that.

The packages for larger tanks aren't much of any better. Unless you want exclusively algae eating critters in your tank you're going to rapidly reach your stocking limit with just the fish in the packages.

I'd pick and choose a smaller selection and try to control my nitrates/phosphates to limit algae growth.

Commodore 64
02-26-2008, 04:16 PM
Regarding pics...

What is the best way to take pics of aquarium inmates? I've tried before, and they all look like the picture was taken through glass (go figure) and are somewhat out of focus.

I took a look in the thread for Pictures of the month, and the semifinalist's pictures are crystal clear. Is there a trick I don't know about?



As for the "Algae Squad" .... I'd have some reservations about buying them... Unless you want exclusively algae eating critters in your tank you're going to rapidly reach your stocking limit with just the fish in the packages.


It did occur to me that there wouldn't be much room for anything else after the algae squad was stocked.

Commodore 64
02-27-2008, 05:36 PM
Got word from my wife that the shipment arrived this morning.

4 of the 5 Rudolph Red Nose Shrimp were DOA. We'll get store credit for those, of course.

Everything else made it alive. The lights are off on the tank till mid-day tomorrow, perhaps tomorrow evening I will try to get some pics.

Commodore 64
03-01-2008, 11:31 PM
I don't have the best digicam, but I snapped a few good pics of the Singapore Wood Shrimp and one not-so good of a couple Cherry shrimp.

All the shrimp really get lost in a 55g aquarium except the Singapores...I've seen 1 bumblebee and a co uple of the green shrimp hide in some crevices. I've only got 40w of light, so excuse the lack of live plants :P .

http://members.arstechnica.com/x/commodore_64/Singapore1.jpg
http://members.arstechnica.com/x/commodore_64/Singapore2.jpg
http://members.arstechnica.com/x/commodore_64/Cherry.jpg

Ellen4God
03-02-2008, 03:14 PM
Very nice! I'm getting several ghost shrimp today. Pretty excited!