Betta Ray Bill wants to be a daddy

Bill has a new hobby that takes up most of his time... building, tending to and guarding his bubble nest.  I am not sure how to break it to him but he's never going to meet a girl betta. We can't afford the number of little tanks it would take to have baby bettas. Bill tending to his nest. 

Red Cherry Mommy

It has been a while since I posted something here and I know you folks like to see the mommy shrimps so here are a couple of quick snapshots of a red cherry with eggs this morning.

Shrimp Giveaway!

Over on Facebook in the "Canadian Aquarium Shrimp Keepers, Breeders and Lovers" group I'm giving away 10 of my Blue Velvet shrimp. (winner pays shipping)
If you are in Canada and want some of my shrimp join the group and enter the contest.
Giveaway contest closes Wednesday night at 8:00PM EST.

The Fishy Lens

I got my new manual Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 lens for my birthday (Thanks Anna!). The "fishy" lens as it had been referred to around here for a while when I started looking for a new macro type lens to do some nice closeups of the shrimp.

I wanted a new lens that let me get physically close up to the tank to take some closeup shots with my DSLR. My previous macro lens required me to be several feet away in order to focus on anything. That's fine for flowers, but I wanted to be sitting close to the shrimp to take their pictures, not across the room.  It's nice to be able to use the DSLR, even if the lens I could afford for it means everything is done manually.

These are the result of my first photo session playing with the new lens.

Photos of one of the blue mommies


Pregnant Shrimp Update

So I probably should have mentioned it at the beginning of the week, but Momma Shrimp is pregnant again with her 4th batch of eggs. but today we saw that there are 2 other expectant mothers among the Blue Velvets.

Unfortunately a Red Cherry mother over in the Betta tank passed away this week, but as the cherries are only  really there to entertain Betta Ray Bill I'm not overly saddened by the loss. considering that at last count we have at least 17 shrimp in that colony that started out with just 7 we are up by more than 100%

The Blue Velvets are definitely about to hit that point where I need to move some into the new tank, or find new homes for some of them.

Still no new mothers among the Crystal Reds, but given a little time I think we will see one.

I haven't been able to get any good photos yet of the expectant mother shrimp, but I'll probably have some later this weekend.

Shrimp from Mindy

This week saw 15 new Crystal Red and Golden Bee shrimp from Mindy arrive and be added to the 10 Gallon tank.

Some of the blue shrimp will be moving out in September. Some moving to the 16 Gallon tank when I feel it is ready, some to my cousin Daniel's (Mr MacPherson to his students I assume) kindergarten class. Some of the crystals will move to a tank at Anna's office.
Right now everyone is getting along great, the new shrimp have coloured up a bit (their colours were less vibrant after shipping due to stress, but the reds are getting redder and maybe it's just me, or a trick of the light but I think their whites are getting whiter too.