Site Work

Well, a bit of an update, in case anyone sees this.

I tried a few other blogging platforms but have decided to come back to this one. At the same time, my *OLD* web host, LunarPages, started having problems with the server that I was on and thus they complained loudly to me that even downloading a 100k image was taking too much of the CPU resources. Nothing I could do satisfied them so they took matters in their own hands and tried to “fix” the supposed problem which ended up destroying a number of web sites on my account.

Needless to say, I have switched and thus far I am satisfied with the new host. Seems to perform better and everything.

Anyhow, give me a bit of time to get things fixed around here. I happened to have an old backup of the database so a few posts were lost but all-in-all, it’s a decent start.

Note that none of the photos are showing up so that will be first on my to-do list and then to update the theme a bit to something a tad different.

Cheerios

Ghost shrimp digestion

I was watching a ghost shrimp eat when I realized I could see what I believe to be a part of its digestive system. Grab the camera time.

I have no idea what part I am seeing, and really haven’t found any good information on the ‘Net.

Anyhow, I found it fascinating and figured I would post it. The video has a short clip in real-time and then repeated in slow motion and enlarged.

Roughly six hour old ghost shrimp fry

Unless this little fry has been hiding well in my tank, this fry was about six hours old after he was released. For the past few hours, all it has done is crawl around on the glass, hopefully getting a nutritious first meal.

As I was preparing the image to post, I started to have some doubts because this fry looks very similar to the certain red cherry shrimp fry I snapped a photo of last week. Sooo, I guess time will tell: Will it be be a red or ghost shrimp ???

In the meantime, here it is. Sorry about the quality. It is TINY…

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Shrimp update

In the 6.6 gallon shrimp-only tank, I’ve lost a few ghost shrimp but do not know why. I checked the water parameters and everything was at or near zero. Certainly not past the first step in the table. On top of that, I’ve been doing two 20% water changers each day, so I don’t think water is the problem.

From the same source, I put a few ghost shrimp in one side of a divided 10 gallon tanks with a betta in each side but all have died over the past few days. In the other side, I have a more ghost shrimp that I put in a week earlier from a difference and they’re still doing fine.

In both cases, I used a drip acclimation process that took over 3 hours to complete. I don’t see how it can be the water since the shrimp from first source seem to be doing well.

On a positive note, the single six day old red cherry shrimp seems to be doing okay. I saw him/her at about 3 PM today.

And in other news, I got to watch a ghost shrimp release her fry into the 6.6 gallon tank. I can confirm two live fry on the first day, one of which is very lively.

I added the First Bites to the water and now I have to start doing very careful water changes. Do you know how long it takes to do a water change using a turkey baster ?!

Finally, I saw a cute image and am sharing it here. As you can see, it is an otocinclus and a ghost shrimp hanging side-by-side on the divider of a 10 gallon betta tank. I thought it looked kinda funny.

Oto and shrimp cleaning side by side

Awesome pic of a 5 day old red cherry shrimp fry

I had the red cherry shrimp in a 1.5 gallon plastic tank initially. When I moved the adult shrimp to their new home, I had a feeling there might be fry left behind so I kept the tank full and did daily water changes, and a good thing, too as later that day, I caught a pic of the tiny fry that I posted earlier with the Nikon L820 review.

Well, tonight I managed to get a real good pic!

Closeup of a five day old fry 2

For those that are interested, I did take the pic with the Nikon L820 in the macro mode and took a burst of six images that I then processed through PhotoAcute Studio 3 to increase the resolution through stacking.

As I look at the images, I can clearly see him/her eating off the walls of the tank. In addition, I have been supplementing the available food with Hikari First Bites. Also, I’m changing some water twice per day.

For reference, here is the pic from what I believe to be its birthday:

A day-old shrimp fry. 184 mm for 1/15 sec at f 5.3 ISO 560
A day-old shrimp fry. 184 mm for 1/15 sec at f 5.3 ISO 560

Shrimp Tank – Day 1

Well, the ghost shrimp came in this morning. After a four hour drip to acclimate them, I added them to the tank.

The accelerate the tank cycling, I transferred a items from another tank and used a tank starter solution. Of course, I’ll have to monitor the water for a while and perform frequent micro water changes.

Anyhow, I set the camera on it and recorded 20 minutes of the shrimp moving around their new habitat.

Never mind. Rev 1 didn’t work.

As you can see by this picture…

Techo inside the shrimp safe house

…Techno was able to get into the shrimp safe house, which might not be necessary with the ghost shrimp. Techno has “noticed” them but moved on each time I’ve noticed.

I’ve removed the safe house because I don’t want the betta to get stuck or injured and will just have to keep an eye on the situation.

Addendum: I was browsing my local department store and found a small soap dish and had an A-Ha moment. I quickly purchased my find, rinsed it and placed it in the tank.

Two hours later, two shrimp were stuck in there trying to get out. Not sure how they got in but I left a large opening at the bottom for them. I guess the clear plastic confused them.

Still searching…

 

Protecting dwarf shrimp from predators

Okay, after the bettas figured out that the red dwarf shrimp were actually an expensive appetizer (well, they kinda are), I decided I needed a place for the shrimp to hide, so I constructed a shelter for them to evacuate to.

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It uses the same needlepoint plastic canvas as the dividers with the pieces smoothed and attached using an aquarium compatible silicone.

(Insert photo of it installed)

I just hope they don’t stay in there all the time. Time, and hopefully the population, will tell.

 

Ghost shrimp eating a dying ghost shrimp

Okay, I know this may sound grim to some, but after all, it is their nature.

I saw one ghost shrimp not doing well for some unknown reason. It was laying on its side and kicking but not reacting much to external stimuli.

I grabbed the new camera to get a better view from a macro shot and after I did this, another ghost shrimp approach and started to eat the dying one. I decided to document this event on video.