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    Some of you know that I have been dedicated to Tigers for years, thus I started a CR breeding project in April 2011. I used a tank with plants that had been running already for some time. I have two things I want to find out with this project:

    1. Is a planted tank or a bare breeding tank better for shrimp breeding?
    2. Can Crystal Red adapt and breed in higher pH ranges around pH7?

    Tank Data:

    • Dimensions: 80 cm width, 30 cm depth, 35 cm height, Glass is 6 mm
    • Gravel: first layer lava, second layer Volcamia Green soil (brown color, now exhausted)
    • Undergravel Filter with two pipe, one not adapted and open for additionally air adding in summer
    • Eheim Canister 2213, adapted to the UGF
    • bio CO2 injection 24/7
    • driftwood, roots, lava rocks with moss an fern
    • stock: 18 CR shrimp, one 8 cm ancistrus (catfish), three otos
    • water changes: 10L / week with aged tap water
    • bag with peat pellets and zeolite within the tank
    • lighting: 2 x 30W cold white Arcadia T8
    • Water parameter (30-04-2011): pH 7.-7.2 / GH 13-14 / KH 8-9 / Nitrate 5-10 mg


    In summer (=now), my tap water comes with: pH 7.5 / GH 15 / KH 12 / NO3 20-30 mg

    I received a batch of 20 Crystal Red from a German breeder on April 5th 2011. One shrimp arrived dead, one jumped out at night - the other were okay and of very good quality.

    Meanwhile, I had 4-5 berried mamas and the first juveniles, sitting in the moss.

    To motivate myself a bit, I am calling this breeding project 'Naoki Line'. Naoki is an Japanese unisex name meaning 'honest tree'. I will update this thread from time to time. Thanks for your attention.






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    Hi Imke...nice to hear from you again and have enjoyed reading your start-up project ' 'Naoki Line'.......

    I wish you success in your breeding program and hope things do work out for you. Regarding breeding of CRS in higher PH environments I have had some success in breeding CRS SS+ double no entry Hinomura strain ( German breeder supplied) in my small nano setup which is currently 7.6 PH reading. No way ideal but I have problems with the Florabase substrate which is obviously buffering my PH. All other tank params - Nitrite, nitrate and ammonia are 0.0ppm...

    Would be interested to hear your report findings re the breeding program and planted > against bare tank.

    Best regards, Chris

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    Nice shrimps...
    Good Luck...!

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    Hi, I was wondering what the zeolite does for the water/shrimp? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhlwang View Post
    Hi, I was wondering what the zeolite does for the water/shrimp? thanks!
    It bonds nitrate and ammonium in the tank; I use it as my water already has high nitrate readings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubia View Post
    Would be interested to hear your report findings re the breeding program and planted > against bare tank.
    Hi Chris, nice to talk to you again and thanks for your kind words. For sure, I will keep you updated on my findings. Right now, I have a slight preference for one tank, but I will go on some longer and test everything before I speak my mind Let's wait half a year, and see what happens with the handling, plant, shrimp and so...

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    How are you going to compare a bare tank to the planted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gourmettea View Post
    How are you going to compare a bare tank to the planted?
    Well, as this is a hobby only for me - I will do no scientific comparison but more rely on my everyday observations. Say: water parameter, handling, care time, filter clogging or not, baby survival rate and so.

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    Update:

    They shrimplets are growing well and survival rate seems to be good. I will try to get the water parameters on the weekend.






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    did you get the shrimps as adults imke? because from april till now it is just 5 weeks

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