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  • Nerite Snail Care Sheet

    Nerite Snail Care Sheet

    Common Name(s): Nerite snail

    Scientific Name: Neritina natalensis

    Variants: Zebra, Tiger, Horned, Olive, Tire Tracked, and Black Racer

    Family: Neritidae

    Origin: Africa

    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 1 inch

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons<br><br>
    Tank Setup: Varied....
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    Last edited by Anders247; 09-30-2015, 09:18 AM.

  • Ghost Shrimp Care Sheet

    Ghost Shrimp Care Sheet

    There are multiple species sold in the aquarium trade as Ghost Shrimp. Some species are peaceful while others can be fairly aggressive. It is very difficult to differentiate between these species; however, the ones that have red markings on the claws or legs tend to be the more aggressive types.

    Common Name(s): Ghost shrimp, glass shrimp, grass shrimp, freshwater river shrimp, etc.

    Scientific Name: Palaemonetes paludosus

    Family: Palaemonidae

    Origin: USA


    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 2 inches

    Life Span: About 1 year

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons


    Glass Shrimp
    Wiki Image
    Tank Setup: Does best in a planted tank

    Tank Region: Bottom

    Diet:

    Breeding: This species can be bred in freshwater, but the larvae require specialized micro-foods to survive. The larvae rarely survive as the freshwater aquarium often does not contain enough plankton.

    Gender Identification: As the eggs are green females will almost always have a green saddle

    Compatibility: Does best in a species only tank

    Ease of Keeping: Beginner

    Care: pH: 7.0 or higher; Temperature: 64-80 F / 17-27 C

    Do not purchase ghost shrimp that appear milky white as these specimens have an internal bacterial infection that will kill them. If one should turn white or die remove immediately to avoid spreading this infection. Do not feed these infected shrimp to other aquatic life either.



    Infected Ghost Shrimp...
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    Last edited by catsma_97504; 07-29-2015, 04:36 PM.

  • Ditch Fencing Crayfish Care Sheet

    Ditch Fencing Crayfish Care Sheet

    by Solitarianknight

    DISCLAIMER: This is something of a beginners guide to the care and keep of the little known Ditch Fencing Crayfish. In short, these are a small species of crayfish that can be found commonly in the southern US. There is very little recorded information on them and this will be the first care sheet written in their name. I will continue to update it as I learn and I advise everyone here to take percaution with the information since it will all be based on my experience...
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  • Apple Snail Care Sheet

    Apple Snail Care Sheet

    Common name: Apple snail
    Scientific name: Pomacea Diffusa
    Origin: Amazon river
    Size: 6cm/2.3 inches golf ball sized



    Minimum tank size: 5 gallons for the first snail then an additional 3 gallons per additional snail

    Aquarium layout: Apple snails prefer a smoother substrate therefore sand or fine gravel is preferred. Live plants are a plus personally. I would avoid Water Wisteria as this will most likely get eaten. Avoid small spaces that they can get stuck into. Good filtration is recommended as they produce more waste than most snails.

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  • Malaysian Trumpet Snail Care Sheet

    Malaysian Trumpet Snail Care Sheet

    Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) have a love hate relationship with any and all aquarists. On one hand they are extremely helpful with algae, left over food, and waste removal but also with digging around your sand bed or gravel, and helping to aerate the substrate which helps release deadly nitrogen gas bubbles which can kill your aquarium stock if released once all at once. But the darker side of these guys is when fed properly they will breed like no other!


    MTS crawling on glass.

    Common Name(s): Red Rimmed Melania, Malaysian Trumpet Snail, Trumpet Snail, Cone Snail, MTS
    Scientific Name: Melanoides Tuberculata
    Origin: Native to North Africa and Southern Asia
    Size: Averages between 20mm and...
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  • Guide to Sexing Shrimp

    Guide to Sexing Shrimp

    Answering the challenge to create an aquatics-related thread! Some of you are beginners when it comes to shrimp care. How do you tell the difference between a male and a female shrimp? How do you know when a female is ready to mate? What about when she's gravid? That's another word for "pregnant", by the way. I've provided you with a picture by picture comparison so you can identify the sex of your own shrimp. First up, the Male Shrimp. Males are usually 3/4th (As far as Neocardinias go. Other shrimp, such as Cardinias, their sizes vary) of an inch. The poor boys are both smaller and less colorful than the girls. Another way to identify a male is b...
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  • Nerite Snail Care Sheet
    Anders247
    Common Name(s): Nerite snail

    Scientific Name: Neritina natalensis

    Variants: Zebra, Tiger, Horned, Olive, Tire Tracked, and Black Racer

    Family: Neritidae

    Origin: Africa

    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 1 inch

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons<br><br>
    Tank Setup: Varied....
    02-20-2015, 09:45 AM
  • Ghost Shrimp Care Sheet
    Anders247
    There are multiple species sold in the aquarium trade as Ghost Shrimp. Some species are peaceful while others can be fairly aggressive. It is very difficult to differentiate between these species; however, the ones that have red markings on the claws or legs tend to be the more aggressive types.

    Common Name(s): Ghost shrimp, glass shrimp, grass shrimp, freshwater river shrimp, etc.

    Scientific Name: Palaemonetes paludosus

    Family: Palaemonidae

    Origin: USA


    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 2 inches

    Life Span: About 1 year

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons


    Glass Shrimp
    Wiki Image
    Tank Setup: Does best in a planted tank

    Tank Region: Bottom

    Diet:

    Breeding: This species can be bred in freshwater, but the larvae require specialized micro-foods to survive. The larvae rarely survive as the freshwater aquarium often does not contain enough plankton.

    Gender Identification: As the eggs are green females will almost always have a green saddle

    Compatibility: Does best in a species only tank

    Ease of Keeping: Beginner

    Care: pH: 7.0 or higher; Temperature: 64-80 F / 17-27 C

    Do not purchase ghost shrimp that appear milky white as these specimens have an internal bacterial infection that will kill them. If one should turn white or die remove immediately to avoid spreading this infection. Do not feed these infected shrimp to other aquatic life either.



    Infected Ghost Shrimp...
    02-12-2015, 01:57 PM
  • Ditch Fencing Crayfish Care Sheet
    catsma_97504
    by Solitarianknight

    DISCLAIMER: This is something of a beginners guide to the care and keep of the little known Ditch Fencing Crayfish. In short, these are a small species of crayfish that can be found commonly in the southern US. There is very little recorded information on them and this will be the first care sheet written in their name. I will continue to update it as I learn and I advise everyone here to take percaution with the information since it will all be based on my experience...
    07-26-2014, 07:19 PM
  • Apple Snail Care Sheet
    Magoo
    Common name: Apple snail
    Scientific name: Pomacea Diffusa
    Origin: Amazon river
    Size: 6cm/2.3 inches golf ball sized



    Minimum tank size: 5 gallons for the first snail then an additional 3 gallons per additional snail

    Aquarium layout: Apple snails prefer a smoother substrate therefore sand or fine gravel is preferred. Live plants are a plus personally. I would avoid Water Wisteria as this will most likely get eaten. Avoid small spaces that they can get stuck into. Good filtration is recommended as they produce more waste than most snails.

    ...
    07-29-2013, 12:25 PM
  • Malaysian Trumpet Snail Care Sheet
    Sean
    Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) have a love hate relationship with any and all aquarists. On one hand they are extremely helpful with algae, left over food, and waste removal but also with digging around your sand bed or gravel, and helping to aerate the substrate which helps release deadly nitrogen gas bubbles which can kill your aquarium stock if released once all at once. But the darker side of these guys is when fed properly they will breed like no other!


    MTS crawling on glass.

    Common Name(s): Red Rimmed Melania, Malaysian Trumpet Snail, Trumpet Snail, Cone Snail, MTS
    Scientific Name: Melanoides Tuberculata
    Origin: Native to North Africa and Southern Asia
    Size: Averages between 20mm and...
    07-05-2013, 05:37 PM
  • Guide to Sexing Shrimp
    ZeeZ
    Answering the challenge to create an aquatics-related thread! Some of you are beginners when it comes to shrimp care. How do you tell the difference between a male and a female shrimp? How do you know when a female is ready to mate? What about when she's gravid? That's another word for "pregnant", by the way. I've provided you with a picture by picture comparison so you can identify the sex of your own shrimp. First up, the Male Shrimp. Males are usually 3/4th (As far as Neocardinias go. Other shrimp, such as Cardinias, their sizes vary) of an inch. The poor boys are both smaller and less colorful than the girls. Another way to identify a male is b...
    05-05-2013, 10:01 PM
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