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The growing specs.....

-Florabase gravel w/ Flourish tabs (the Eriocaulon and HC are big on root ferts)
-R/O water with some tap water mixed in...I think the KH is about 2 and the pH is below 7
-ferts~ Flourish, Botanica FE, Fleet Enema and stump remover (I need to fix my dosing schedule because my Ludwigias are not happy)
-lots of co2 and lots of light 3.2-4.8 wpg

Both of them are really easy to grow, if I showed what I started with you wouldn't believe it.

I go to UCI Tony, I thought you knew that.

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He's not, tony. Different Guy and the guy who won the eclipse. he's still not using it!

Fishfry, how are the shrimps that I gave you last year?
 

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Ya, I am a different guy.

Litesky - the shrimps are doing great!! they are gigantic now! It is nice to have true Amano shrimp instead of those ones some of the fishstores advertise as them.
 

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HAHA! You're talking about petown. They actually got the real japonica shrimps! AMANOS. Before they advertised them as japonca when they had the look a likes. now they are called japonica. Thought that was funny to share. If you ever need anymore, petown has em for $2. Nice to hear the shrimps are doing great.
 

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Giddygid, that's about the going rate. One place where I get my shrimp from sells them at like 3 for $5 or so. However, there are usually a good number of Malayan shrimp mixed in, which don't do as good a job at algae control. So unless you can tell them apart (which becomes pretty easy after a while) and ask that they let you pick the specific ones you want (which is never a problem), you may not know what you're getting. One time I asked them to bag three for me without knowing that about 50% of the shrimp in the container were Malayans. When I got home, I was distraught to find that I had two Malayan shrimp and one Amano. At least they don't have them labelled as "Caridina japonica" or "Amano shrimp" because that would be "false advertising."

Another place I go to has them priced at something like $10 for three, but they always quarantine their critters, and the Amano shrimp they sell are, on the average, bigger than what you'd get at most other shops. No contaminant species, either.

I'm not sure if you're surprised by the price being really high or low, but if you saw how well Amano shrimp (especially full-grown egg-laden females) work on thread & hair algae, you'd think that they're worth every penny and more. "Insane" would be cherry red shrimp being $4-$10 per shrimp or crystal reds being about $7 per, and these little guys are really too small to do much work, unless you break the bank and buy lots and lots of them. They're pretty, though. Amano shrimp are tough, too - I have one that must be close to four years old! I've had trouble keeping the smaller varieties (bumble bees, cherry reds, crystal reds, blues, tigers, rainbows, etc.) alive. Most of them are more expensive than Amanos, yet are able to do only a fraction of the work.

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I second everything Naomi said about Amano. They are awesome! If only for their difficult reproductive cycle, they would be the best thing ever to have happened to planted tanks hobby. All my females carry eggs from time to time and yet because of their (what's the term for dual environment?)change of habitat from young to mature, they are hard to propagate. Otherwise, I would get as many as I can and put them in all my planted tanks. They also go about $2 a pop here in Houston. Cherry is like $3 per shrimp, which is 'fair' I guess, but I totally agree in their somewhat less efficient work ethic:p Amanos work harder.


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wow..the prices in the US are so much higher as compared to singapore's..

over here..yamatos and cherries can go as low as S$0.80, malayan shrimp S$0.10. going by the exchange rate, US$1 = S$1.70, you do the math!
 

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The amanos I have are awesome they are like little algae bulldozers, they are worth every penny.
 

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I had to move my Amano shrimp out of my 10-gallon planted tank and into my 5.5-gallon "stash" tank (which receives no nutrients) because the soft water here makes even low levels of fertilizer toxic and I had to raise my levels for the plants. So, unfortunately, the algae problems went from zero to bad in no time, but what I sometimes do is to collect all the hair/thread algae from this tank (and from others) and chuck it into the stash tank. As soon as I do this, the Amano shrimp attack the algae wads, and the seven of them (with a little help from two Malayans and an odd surviving zebra shrimp) manage to devour every bit of it in under four days. Mind you, this was algae that had been left to grow for months in the 10-gallon. The amounts that I collect after 2-3 weeks of neglect can be eaten in under 24 hours. It's really a shame that I can't keep these shrimp in the 10-gallon for on-site housekeeping. They're da bomb!

It sure would be nice to be able to buy them for $1 a pop. If I get the itch again, I may make a second attempt at raising the larvae. My females (5 of them) are always looking like they're going to BURST from carrying so many eggs!

-Naomi
 
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