Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shrimp Updates

- My CR and CB females have released their eggs and there are now little striped specks grazing around.  Most of them are already showing colors. 
- Several of my Fire Red females are berried; this will be the F2 generation.  The F1 had some light colored shrimp, along with some males that looked like regular cherries.  I hope to define the red coloration on the subsequent generations.
- I spotted the first Blue Tiger shrimplet; it is extremely small and cream in color.  There is a dense clump of Subwassertang in the tank, so hopefully the other shrimplets are hiding in it.
- I also spotted two berried Rili females; both have bluish-colored eggs, compared to yellow eggs I have seen on other Rili from another keeper.  I'm not sure how the color of the eggs differ in the result of the phenotype; will report when they are born.
Super Tiger

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Mosura Products

Mosura Goodies!
I was running low on my Shirakura food, and since my original supplier does not carry it anymore, I decided to give the Mosura line a try. Will Skurdahl has been in the shrimp hobby for a while and is highly knowledgeable. I am glad that he can provide US shrimp keepers with Mosura products. Check out The Shrimp Tank for your shrimp Mosura needs!

Update on Mosura Eros: I have been spraying Eros and have noticed shrimp dancing; however, at this point I cannot conclude whether it contributed to my current females becoming berried.  Eros is to be used in conjuction with Gravidas, and a good friend of mine had positive results from using the combination.  Now that I received Gravidas, I will use them together and report any effects.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Berried OEBT

Here's a picture of my most recent berried OEBT, spotted on April 6, 2011.  First time for her : ) 

(click to enlarge)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

aquarLiam Package and Shrimp Updates!

I received my package from aquarLiam today:

Azoo Max Bio Balls | aquarLiam inverteBites Green

Azoo Max Bio Balls:
   - Contains selected beneficial bacteria and enzymes, effectively breaking down ammonia, nitrite
   and nitrate in the substrate and water.
   - Slowly breaks down for the build-up of stable and long-lasting bio bacteria colony in the
   gravel bed.
   - Each ball contains 2×107 bacteria. The bacteria process starts when put in the water.
   - Bacillus subtilis, Aspergllus olize, Bitido bacteruru, Protease, α-amylase

aquarLiam inverteBites Green:
   - A unique blend of plant matter, algae, vitamins, minerals, and immunoglobulins tailored
   specifically toward shrimp and snails.
   - organic barley straw, organic spinach, broccoli, seaweed, rolled oats, spirulina, garlic, chlorella,
   organic whole wheat flour, montmorillonite clay, yeast, natural oyster shell calcium,
   immunoglobulin, trace vitamins and minerals


Berried CBS
I also spotted this berried Crystal Black Shrimp today.  The eggs appear to be green in color, the first time I've seen this.  CBS are surprisingly harder to find, since most keepers prefer CRS; hopefully I get a nice colony started with this clutch.

I also spotted a berried CRS yesterday and since it was April Fool's Day, I thought my eyes were deceiving me.  But sure enough, there is a female full of eggs; haven't had the chance to take a clear picture yet.

My Super Tigers are doing well and I have 1-week old shrimplets from the most recent batch.  They are growing quite fast; I'm feeding them Shirakura Chi Ebi, powder food tailored for shrimplets.

Fire Reds, Rili, and OEBTs are reaching maturity and should be breeding soon; by that time, I should have my 20Ls converted to shrimp tanks and cycled, ready for more shrimp!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ebikaraku Blog

Here's a nice Japanese blog that I've been following. The author has been focusing mostly on Crystal Black Shrimp. Check it out: ebikaraku.

ebikaraku Crystal Black Shrimp