Baby, juvenile Red Cherry Shrimp close up macro

The first baby shrimp to colonise the Vase!

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They don’t know it, but they are the first Shrimp to colonise the Vase Shrimp Tank set up, they are the kings of their realm.

Three baby Red Cherry Shrimp.

Baby, juvenile Red Cherry Shrimp close up macro

Baby, juvenile Red Cherry Shrimp close up macro

It’s been five weeks since I created the masterpiece ‘Vase Shrimp Tank’. I promised I wouldn’t rush this one, so it’s had a lot of time to settle and grow in. The plants which were off cuttings from my other tank have vastly grown in this time. The Anubias and various other bushy, low growing plants are doing really well also.

Vase Shrimp Tank Planted Dirt
The algae looks worse than it is.

The walls of the vase are coated in green algae, while unappealing, this is my indicator that the tank is doing fine, and algae isn’t really a bad thing. As a result of all the algae though I did buy a couple Horned Nerite snails off eBay, one of which (the biggest one) I put in the Vase a week ago. Nerite snails are known to be prolific algae eaters, so hopefully he’ll clear it all up, as well as being a nice addition to the tank. He is also my yellow canary, my indicator that the water is stable.

Vase Shrimp Tank heavily Planted Dirt
Heavily planted: the Vase contains a layer of soil, and then fine, dark gravel to top it off.
Frogbit and Duckweed in my nano vase shrimp tank
Plants that float, such as Frogbit and Duckweed (pictured) are great for filtering the water and improving water quality. They also grow really fast and provide shade.

While the plants are mostly from my main tank, the Shrimp are too. I recently had about 20 baby shrimp born and roaming all over the place, a fantastic sight. They’re now a month or two old and have that nice red colour. Perfect time to add them into the Vase I reckon.

To start off, I have added three. If these are fine after 1-2 weeks (not dead) then I may add another 2 or 3 to get a nice group of them in there.

Acclimatising Red Cherry Shrimp
A weight and a sucker to secure the air line hose so it doesn’t flip out while carrying water into the bucket below.

Acclimatising Red Cherry Shrimp

Firstly I had to acclimatise the Shrimp to the new water parameters. I chose to do this one of the safest ways I know how. Using the drip method for a duration of 2 hours. Water from the Vase slowly dripping into a small container in which they’re sitting in some of their own tank water. One reason for such precautions is because their new water from the Vase isn’t heated, whereas their previous tank water was.

Baby, juvenile Red Cherry Shrimp close up macro

It’s satisfying to know the Shrimp were born in one of my tanks, from my adults, rather than just going out and spending more money on new ones from the shop. Also an advantage to using my own Shrimp is that they will be a lot more stable. Reason being, is because they haven’t had to travel far, enduring minimal stress. Whereas Shrimp from the shop would have to of been delivered to the shop, and then from the shop to my tank, resulting in a lot of stress which can easily lead to death.

They look to be doing fine, and very active, will update in a week or two.

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