Fast, courteous service, well packed with thermal pad, and a bit of green yarn to keep them feeling safe while in the company of the US Postal Service. The carrier was literally twirling the box in his hands when I answered the door. I said with a smile, "I think those are my shrimp." :] He replied, "Hey, that's sounds good!"I couldn't agree more
. IT'S ON!
Slight change of plans. When I first decided to embark on this project, I wasn't aware that a successful DIY eco-sphere already existed. Now that I know, recreating one of my own only offers replication, not new experimentation. Thus I've decided to move directly to the next step and experiment
The lowest recommended SG for a marine aquarium is typically 1.022, while the highest recommended SG for breeding Hawaiian Red Shrimp is 1.016. I've decided to split the difference and have an SG of 1.019
. Note: specific-gravity measurements are temperature dependent; measure SG at intended temp.
I selected the sand from a spot in my tank that is an oasis of calm surrounded by high flow. Something about that spot is exceptionally productive, bio-diverse, and yet remarkably clean. However, it will be receiving much less light now that it's in the jarquarium, since I only intend to give it ambient sunlight. The two high-intensity LED flashlights sitting on top of the jar are for photographic purposes only.
I scooped the sand very gently from the tank and aimed mostly for the chunky stuff on top. I was sure to get a few snail shells in there, so I probably have a couple amphipods and hopefully a worm of some sort, we'll see. In any case, I was sure to drip acclimate the sand the same I would any other livestock. I then gave the shrimp a nice long extra slow drip acclimation. I figure going from 1.012 to 1.019 is a bigger step than regular acclimation has in mind.
The eggcrate has been sitting in my kreisel's refugium for the last two or three days. I was hoping it would get a bit more covered by all the micro algae that grows in there, but 3 days isn't enough time for that. I'm sure it's covered in something, it's just not obvious. In the mean time, I've added a small tuft of green hair algae from my tanks overflow.Now click the images below for a detailed look at ten dollar shrimp
. Hawaiian Red ShrimpOpae ula ("red shrimp", in Hawaiian)Halocaridina rubra (red shrimp, in greek)
Yes I know, they aren't terribly red. One of them actually is tho, so perhaps it will change in time?
So.... how long you think before the flatworm take-over
Edited by Whys, 24 February 2012 - 11:59 PM.