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I have two dozen tiger shrimp, and they are all male.
This is something of a mystery to me, since, as previously mentioned, I have TWO DOZEN of them.

In other news, I have returned from my epic!!! Florida vacation, armed with mollies and Erios.

The following developments have occurred in the Scrimpery while I was gone.

- My male CPO went on a rampage and killed one of the females and tore all the legs off the other o_O' The legless one has been isolated and may or may not survive (hypothetically, if she lives, she can regenerate those legs...I think?). The male has also been isolated to protect the younger CPO that I didn't trade/auction - which also appears to be a male. So, no new CPOs in the near future. Will have to look into acquiring a young female to go with my not-so-violent little male.

- The Blue Bee shrimp (Paracaridina sp.) have produced shrimplets. This makes me happy, because blue bees are a pricey and hard-to-find shrimp and thus I can't afford to buy a whole colony. Hopefully the handful of individuals I have will continue to multiplicate into a stable population.

- I have at least 4 baby rabbit snails of varying colors. Not that they're big enough to do anything productive, but I figure they just have to keep on growing and all. It's a work in progress.
 

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I retract my previous statement: apparently I do have a male tiger shrimp. I can't figure out which one he is, since every shrimp I can find seems to be saddled, but 2 of my females are berried now so they have to be breeding with somebody. o_O'

It turns out I have a 2nd baby CPO after all - the male and legless female are both isolated right now (one to recover and one to prevent cray-icidal rampaging), and I thought there was only 1 baby left (also a male), but today I spotted another, much smaller one that I'm hoping will turn out to be a female. I think this one's from the second batch of eggs, since it's too small to be from the first. Crossing my fingers in hopes that I can keep breeding CPOs without investing in new stock... they ain't cheap.

Have also obtained yellow and blue pearl Neocaridina. Meanwhile, I've begun trying to sell off my army of cherry shrimp and livebearers on Aquabid... those wild mollies I brought back from Florida have produced fry... already... and lots of them.

I'm contemplating what kind of shelving unit I should obtain for my latest plot to set up a rack of 5g/10g tanks... anybody have any suggestions? A 48" width unit would have to be able to hold something like 400lbs per shelf (if it were to support 2 10g on each side, assuming a 24" depth - or, I could get narrower units and put 2 of them back to back at a rate of 200lbs/shelf.

Alternatively, I can buy a pile of 2x4s and poke His Manliness into building something. This may prove the be the most cost-effective route, though also the lengthiest, as His Manliness has a very short attention span and will invariably find 18000000 distractions along the way.
 

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Sooooo.... the Shrimpery has been coming along swimmingly. I have a 72" 3-tier gorilla rack that's going to have 6 10g tanks per shelf, for a total of 18 shrimp tanks. Bulbs arrived today for my 36" T5NO dual fixtures, 2 of which will go over each row of tanks :) I went the cheap route and got the fixtures at Home Depot (had to special-order the 6500K plant bulbs for them, though) for like $30 apiece. I'm making his manliness do the electrical wiring for them, since I don't want to be held responsible if his house burns down. Also got me an 8 outlet super air pump and 4-way gang valves so I can run up to 32 of those cute little AZOO sponge filters I love so much on this rack.

Shrimp-wise, I have the usual levels of insanity going on. The Malawas I got from msjinkzd back in March have gone on a guppy-like multiplying spree and are taking over my Sulawesi tank (I'm selling them for $2 apiece if anyone wants some...). Fortunately they don't crossbreed with anything else so I can split them into some of my other shrimp tanks if need be.

Also, 2 of my red claw Macrobrachium (M. hendersonii) from the NEC auction are berried up for the first time this week. Hoping for lots of little red claws in the future. :D

Blue bee shrimp are breeding steadily, too - looking to have my first package of those for sale in a month or so. :)
 

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I've heard that CPOs can be homicidal maniacs... too bad about the deaths! They're such cute little buggers but I'd have to have a dedicated tank for them and they still might kill each other.
 

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Hmm... I'd have to check on the blue bees, I did sell a couple over the summer. But they have a bunch of shrimplets right now, so I might have a couple...

I do know I have a couple blue pearl shrimp to spare right now. They've been busy. XD And I have some A/S grade CRS...

Meanwhile, I'm pondering buying myself a pair of vampire crabs for Christmas. :mrgreen: Or maybe a Taiwan bee shrimp...
 
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