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For a while now I've been wanting to setup a few tanks with a few different types of shrimp and start breeding them.

Currently housed in the system pictured below:

Cherry
Bumblebee
Crystal Red
Rainbow
Green
Indian Blue?

Along with various shrimp species there are multiple types of mosses, including:

Java
Weeping
Taiwan
Xmas
Locally collected Willow type
Unknown variety Amano brought from Japan for AGA demo.

More tanks are on order, seems a local university cleaned every out of 5gal recently. Also have 10 2.5's on the way for selective cross breeding experiments.

 

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Very cool, Gnat -- I'll be interested in how your operation goes. What do the 'Indian Blues' look like?
 

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What was advertised as Indian Blue may be a Caridina cf. babaulti variant. I was only able to get 2, hoping they are male and female. Looking to eventually cross them with the Green Caridina cf. babaulti.
 

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What was advertised as Indian Blue may be a Caridina cf. babaulti variant. I was only able to get 2, hoping they are male and female. Looking to eventually cross them with the Green Caridina cf. babaulti.
Would love to buy some babaultis from you when you're ready.
 

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Love the setup, makes more sense this way too ... will think about setting up something similar. Thanks for posting and showing us.
 

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What kind of rack is it? And how big are your tanks? Are they 10gal tanks?


I had bought 2 types of racks (4 feet wide. one is 2 feet deep and another is 18 inch deep). They both claim they can support 1,500 pounds each shelf. Guess what, with four 10gal tanks (all are bare bottoms), the shelf starts curving. My 10gal tanks must be built with some outer space material and must be un-believably HEAVY.
 

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The floating red plants are Phyllanthus fluitans or redroot floater is it's common name. The leaves are a tad smaller than frogbit and it gets little tiny white flowers under super intense lighting.
 

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Ha!! If my walls were only that white Edward....

The rack is 48 x 18 x 74. Tank sizes range from 2 - 20 gal, the majority being 5gal right now. The shelves are rated are 350lb per shelf and do deflect a little. All the tanks have sponge filters, each shelf has it own air pump, mostly for redundancy as well the ability to make quick and easy changes to the setup.
 

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Nice setup Gnat. I like the fact that the tanks are close together on the shelves and you can see what's going on it each one at a glance.

How long does it take you to do maintenance (water changes, etc.) on the whole works?
 

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Cool setup there I have a question about the Indian Blue?
Is that just a pale blue one or is it blue with stripes like the zebra? The reason i ask is i have one from an import that is like a zebra only much more blue
 

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Pale Blue, I've tried to take some pictures but none have come out. I would be interested in striped one you have. Can you send me some pricing info on them please. PM is ok if desired.

Thanks
 

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Are the striped ones Blue Tiger shrimp? Those I would love to get some of!
 

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While doing water changes today I found I indeed do have a male and female "Indian Blue" Try as I may, took over 100 shots, I can't seem to get a decent one. This was the best I could come up with.



CRS's are growing nicely too. The picture really gives a good scale of how small these are still. Substrate is Eco-Complete.

 

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Looking good, Gnat! Can definitely see those stripes against the Eco Complete
 

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7-2-05 Update

Some new pictures

Added lights to all the shelves now, more tanks on the way, adding 3 5.5gal and 1 2.5gal



Both tanks of Cherry Shrimp have new fry. Note the 2 very small fry on the Algae sheet. I'm finding all the varieties attack these algae sheets with gusto when fed.



The Crystal Reds are getting large. Looking daily now for signs of eggs as they are approaching maturity.



Unfortunately the Bumblebee and Green Shrimp both sourced from a lfs have passed. I am finding that the imported shrimp the lfs has do not do well. Domestically raised ones are fairing much better.

Indian Blues aka Rainbow carried only a few eggs, they are small shrimp after all, and their are some fry running about in that tank too.

I've also branched out and am trying some clawed shrimp. Picked up a pair of Red Claw (Macrobrachium assamensis) that seem to be doing quite well. These buggers love snails. They reach in the shell with those long pincers and pull the body out. Not exceedingly social, they like to hide in a burrow they made under some moss.

Looking forward to some new arrivals soon. Also going to cross the two different sourced Cherries, picking the best from each in an effort to make the color strong and keep the lines viable.

Looking for some software to help me track crosses and back crosses. I've found lots for every animal out there but nothing for fish/shrimp. I'm surprised some enterprising Betta or Discus breeder had not created a package to do this. Currently I am using Excel spreadsheets but I can see once crosses and especially back crosses are done it will become unwieldy. If you know of anything or can program and want to help create one I'm game to assist.
 

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Hey gnat,

Are those Ikea shelves? I have the Ikea Gorm shelving units. I have the 20" deep units set up with 20" height between each helf. This runs all the way to the ceiling when I added the extension pieces. I have 2 10 gallon tanks, one in each of the middle 2 shelves. I have two shelving units side by side with a total of 4 tanks. On the right hand side unit, I have a 10g planted tank, and a 10g nano-reef tank. On the left hand side I have my Crested Geckos, and my dentrobates azureus (electric blue poison dart frog). The right side unit doesnt bow at all even with six months of periodic dousing with water.
 

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Another week goes by and a few more tanks are added in anticipation of some some new acquisitions. Until they are on hand I'm not going to list them so not to jinx the process.

The female Red Claw is ripe with berries now and in a few weeks there should be a quite a few little ones running about. Looking forward to growing them out. I need to move the current pair from their home in a 5.5 gal to at least a 10.

Cherries have been having brood after brood as cherries do. I've singled out this female and am always looking in the tanks for a great looking male to mater her with.



I know, I should clean the glass before taking pictures.

Crystal Reds are looking to be about full sized now so I'm ever vigilant looking for a female that carrying.

Rack with new tanks, still have more space....



Scitz, those shelves are from Lowe's. The one at Ikea and Bed Bath and Beyond are only 3" long and not as deep.
 
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