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Old 03-05-2011, 04:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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NAS auction tomorrow! I'll be swapping shrimp with Gordon while I'm there, as well as looking for shrimps & fish to bid on. And small tanks to put them in. And small heaters to warm them. Seriously looking for 5-10g acrylics for the bottom of the stairs. I set up the 5g flatback hex for Gordon's sakura (aka fire red, painted red, whatever you want to call them) shrimp... and some tiger shrimp (coming soon).

My 2 CPO mommies are berried again. They're very defensive of their eggs, spend a lot of time waving their claws at everything (their hubby, their kids, the pair of ricefish, my finger, etc.) I might bag up a couple baby CPOs to auction off; haven't decided yet. I'll figure it out in the morning when I start bagging stuff. Will def. bring cherry shrimp; they're breeding like guppies. o_O

Snagged some hornwort from Purrfect Pets for the new 10g Sulawesi tank. Rabbit snails and Poso shrimp incoming on Mon/Tues, I think. Also ordered some tiger (regular tiger) shrimp off Aquabid - they'll get here on Wed/Thurs, probably, and take up residence with the sakuras in the flatback hex.

Planning to spend the coming week (spring break w00t!) working on the fishroom. Probably get a few small tanks running soon for breeding purposes.... and impulse buys. :P Maybe try and build that rack for 5-10g tanks - ideally with assistance. I suck at carpentry.

Will update with new acquisitions after the auction Maybe some photos, if I remember.

In the meantime, have a random shot of a berried RCS in my 20g long:
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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New shreemps came in yesterday - 26 tigers, all in good health, and 8/10 Blue Leg Posos showed up alive (there was a 9th that was still alive in the bag but obviously on its last legs... or, rather, not on it's legs, seeing as it was on its back twitching). I'm also now the proud (or something) owner of 5 rabbit snails, who seem very much in need of assistance in the department of general movement. They sort of slime forward, then tug their giant shells up to meet them... seems very laborious and inefficient, but so does life sometimes XD

After the epic failure of the NAS auction in producing small acrylic tanks, I was surprised to run across a 5g Marineland acrylic hex setup for sale in a thrift store. I made out like a bandit with tank, hood, light, filter, and all for $3 (I know, right?). It'll probably end up housing something from the C. babaulti complex, which I plan to obtain specimens of at the NEC.

Anyone know any good tricks for de-fogging acrylic tanks? It's a little hazy, but not so terrible that I can't use it... just needs a little clean up first. I could order one of those 3-step acrylic renewal kits, but at $15 it kind of defeats the purpose of getting a cheap tank.

Still looking for small acrylics/5.5g glass tanks, btw, if anyone has some spares lying around.
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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this is a great thread, but what do these acronyms mean?
CPO
OEBT shrimp
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Cambarellus Patzcuarensis Orange (crayfish)
Orange Eye Blue Tiger (shrimp)
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:35 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Exactly - CPOs are a dwarf crayfish from Mexico, cute little buggers that are very in demand lately because of their intense color and, unlike larger crays, don't dig up (or eat) plants. The term CPO is more often used because nobody wants to type Cambarellus patzcuarensis "Orange" all the time LOL.


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are Orange Eye Blue Tiger Shrimp, a very cool looking, selectively bred variant of bee shrimp (Caridina cantonensis). IMO, they're one of the most beautiful dwarf shrimp out there these days.

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In other news, my baby CRS are getting bigger, but all seem to be of a higher grade than their parents - I realize they tend to lose white coloration as they mature, but these babies still have much clearer banding and significantly brighter colors. It looks like I'm getting A/B grade offspring from C grade parents. But, only time will tell - I'll have to keep an eye on them 'til they're of breeding age (i.e. probably next month at the rate they're growing).

CPOs still haven't released the latest batch of eggs. Not surprising, but I'm impatient LOL.

One of these days I'll get off my lazy bum and get some photos of all these critters. :P I know that's what you're all waiting for.
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The CPOs I got from you are in my cherry shrimp tank and they look exactly like cherries if you don't look closely :P. They are doing well though, can't wait for them to grow into adults!
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:06 AM   #17 (permalink)
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LOL they won't look like cherries when they grow up! Actually, the adults are sometimes a little aggressive toward shrimp, but cherries are like cockroaches - even if they eat half of them they'll still breed faster than the crays can keep up :P Also I've read that crays raised with shrimp tend to tolerate them a lot better than ones that only meet them as adults.
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Hmmm.... I think my head might just explode soon. Managed to wake up sick today and am now running a 100-degree fever. Hooray.

So, in the mean time, have a low-quality photo of a baby CPO. That's a 2" (maybe 2.5"?) piece of PVC pipe he or she is crawling 'round in.
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Sure sounds like you caught the "SHU" bug of doom that's been going around campus. I came down with it myself a while back and it's terribly contagious. I managed to get my whole family sick. It's truly miserable.
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Hm. Yes. Well, having (mostly) recovered from the death flu, I returned to my fishroom this weekend. Everybody got along without me under the tender loving care of my sister Mimi. Anyway, the exciting thing is that I now have 2 berried blue leg posos, which means yay blue leg poso babies on the way.

On the other hand, not a single tiger shrimp is berried. This is something of a mystery, for there are over 2 dozen of the bugs and all are of a size to breed. I even gave them some of the Azoo max breed - haven't seen so much as a saddle develop. Very bizarre.

The assassins, on the other hand, continue to slowly increase their numbers.

5 days 'til the NEC!!!
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