Saturday, 17 March 2018

Shrimp rescue

Passing a Pet shop, with a few tanks, I spotted one tank (no water flow) with about 5 Shrimp in, and quite a few small fish, most of the Shrimp were in a huddle not moving but one was searching the gravel which I've read means it's hungry as they're filter feeders, Atyopsis Moluccensis - Bamboo/Wood Shrimp and seen as I'd a small tank set up with nothing in - Sold ! asking the owner if they sold Liquifry I was asked what for ? to feed the shrimp untill I get an Infusoria culture going was my reply, you don't need that they eat bits of food and Algae pellets off the gravel I tried to explain that they sat on a rock etc. in a water flow and let the food come to them but it fell on deaf ears ??? Got home and rearranged the rocks in the tank and fit the filter opposite. Acclimatised the Shrimp and put it in. As soon as it landed on the bottom it was off foraging I dropped a drop of Liqifry in by the filter out flow, it climbed the rocks and started feeding then I added a pinhead size Spirulina Powder (Algae) to tank water in a pipette and squeezed it out just in front of it, it couldn't eat it fast enough. It's exploring the tank at the moment certainly not hiding

the feathery fronds on the front four legs are like sea anenome legs and are sticky so as bits of food in the water current stick to them the Shrimp closes them in turn and pulls them through it's mouth to suck the food bits off.
I think that was my Good Deed for the day rescuing it from a pet shop that didn't even know what or how to feed it. I'm still waiting for my Brackish tank to go through it's Nitrogen cycle before I can get some Shrimps for it

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Algae starting to grow

195gm Marine Salt = SG 1.012
Water @ 75*F
API ph test = 7.8
16/2/18 --------- 5ml API Quick Start (Nitrosoma and Nitrobacter Bacteria)
19/2/18 ---------- x 10 drops Ammonium Chloride
API Ammonia test = 2 ppm
API Ammonia test = 1 ppm
API Ammonia test = 1 ppm
API Ammonia test =  0.50 ppm
API Nitrite test =  0.50 ppm
API Nitrate test = 1 ppm
04/3/18-----------x 5 drops Ammonium Chloride
API Ammonia test = 2 ppm

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Halocaridina Rubra

Artificial Silk Fern behind tank
still waiting for Ammonia to Nitrite to Nitrate for Algae to grow
They say Patience is a virtue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Light added
I've taken the foam filter out and replaced it with a fine air stone, and moved the heater to horizontal at the back. The light's on a timer with a 12hrs cycle

Hygrometer and TDS meter, added 195gms Marine Salt
for a Specific Gravity of 1.012 (Brackish)
added 5ml API Qick start (Bacteria) to start the Nitrate cycle
added x10 drops of Ammonium Chloride to feed the Bacteria
then time to play with the API Saltwater test kit
I've upped the tank (approx 20ltr water) to 75*F
195gm Marine Salt = SG 1.012 (Brackish)
16/02/18 --------- 5ml API Quick Start
19/02/18 ---------- x10 drops Ammonium Chloride
API Ammonia test = 2 ppm
API ph test = 7.8
API Ammonia test = 1ppm
API Nitrite test = 0.15 ?
Because I couldn't get the Coral gravel to wash clear and added an inert substrate I added a piece of Coral to act as a PH Buffer

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Doctor Beakers Laboratory

Starting a new hobby keeping Halocaridina rubra Shrimp
It is a small red shrimp, rarely longer than 1.5 cm (0.6 in) in length, typically found in brackish water pools near the sea shore, sometimes in large numbers. Such pools are referred to as anchialine pools (from the Greek anchialos = near the sea). Halocaridina rubra is endemic to the Hawaiian islands, and most commonly found in anchialine pools in fresh lava substrates on Hawaiʻi and Maui Island.
the starting point was finding a discounted tank only, because it was missing it's internal filter which ran a fountain on top with changing coloured LED lights and a basket of plastic plants. I wouldn't have wanted all that crap might as well have had plastic shrimp !
I bought a box of Marine salt, heater, a bag of coral gravel and some Lava rock,
the next quest was to find Reverse osmosis Dionised water tracked it down £2:50 for 25ltrs, bring your own container.
drilled some holes through the Lava rock for hiding caves

couldn't get the Coral gravel to wash clear and it's colour was a clash with the Lava rock so used
Gravel in the tank, heater, small sponge air filter, Lava rocks then added the water

I've a couple of Marimo moss balls which are actually a form of Algae waiting to go in
as these do well in brackish water. I'll let the tank settle then turn on the heater and filter for a few days then add the salt to a specific gravity of 1.010 (brackish)
I've yet to rig up lights on a timer I've some GU10 6500K LED bulbs (daylight)
then it's waiting for the Nitrogen cycle
which should take about two months. I'll add a couple of Zebra Nerite snails as soon as Algae starts to grow to help keep it down and speed up the Nitrogen cycle as these don't mind brackish water
It's all go in Doctor Beakers Laboratory