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Hydra in the 65 gallon aquarium

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Hydras are freshwater polyps, cousins of the jellyfish and corals, belonging to the phylum Coelenterata.
They are introduced to the aquarium from an external source, usually on live plants, and I think that is where I got mine. I think that because all of the rocks and driftwood we put in there were boiled before introduction to the aquarium, the substrate was all new, and I have not seen hydra in our other aquaria, so not cross contamination. Even most of the plants are from tissue cultures, so they should not have been sources, but the few that were not from cultures and sealed in little airtight containers we probably should have chlorine dipped. Well, lesson learned.
We didn't do that because we were only thinking about snails coming on the plants and as anyone who follows this channel/blog knows, I LIKE snails.
Hydra will attack small live foods that you might feed to your fish, they will attack shrimp, and they will attack baby fish (fry).
There is the option to control popu…

How to subscribe on YouTube

I thought I should add a little instruction here on how subscribing to a Youtube channel works. Because I am so embedded in the tech world and the Google platform I sometimes forget that it is not so easy and obvious as I might think.

Step 1:
You need to be logged into YouTube.
This is easy if you already have a gmail account. They are linked so you just use your gmail password to log in. If you don't have a gmail account then go ahead and sign up for a new account at either the youtube or gmail site.

Step 2:
Find a video channel you like and look for the red subscribe button, then click it.

85% of the people viewing my videos are not subscribed to them on YouTube or perhaps are not logged in when they go to youtube. Surprisingly most of those people are not coming from this blog which is where I would expect people to find my videos if they are not subscribed, but still only less than 1/4 of my viewers are subscribed. I was visiting my mom the other day and she asked me to help get …

New Camera Means Better Shrimp Videos

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This weekend I bought a new (to me) Nikon D7000 for better photos and videos.
I've been wanting to get back into Stock Photography in a bigger way but some of the things I want to do I'd really benefit from having a slightly newer camera, and now that I'm going a bit deeper into YouTube I also have been wanting a video camera that lets me use some of the tricks I've learned in still photography (not to mention the lenses and other gear I've acquired over the years) in my videos.
That camera in the thumbnail is my actual D7000 and my actual 1970's era manual 55mm macro lens. I took this photo using my older Nikon D80 and 2 SB800 flashes in a bright room with a light grayish wall. Years of still photos have taught me some cool tricks about lighting and optics that I just can't do with a cell phone camera. I'm hoping that I can learn the video equivalent of that now.

If you like the video this camera produces let me know in the comments below or on the Yo…

Help me get an easy to remember Youtube link

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I need your help folks. I need to get my subscriber count up over 100 so I can claim an easy to remember YouTube URL. Can You help me do this? https://goo.gl/rhj8Hu

What are the little bugs in my aquarium? - Seed Shrimp (Ostracods)

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These little bugs are a type you are almost certain to see eventually if you keep shrimp, at least if you keep shrimp in a tank without fish. Like the Cyclops (copepod) these little bugs are harmless to the shrimp or any fish you might have in the tank. The fact that they are there is typically considered to be a good sign as their ability to live and reproduce means that the water conditions are right for them (and by extension, right for your livestock too) They can be ugly and gross if you aren't fond of bugs, bu they won't hurt anything. 


You can ignore them, or you can feed them to your fish, or just cut back on feedings in that tank and they will starve out eventually. The much bigger shimp will always get to the food first.

Unboxing Alder Cones

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Today I got a new package from Amazon. Alder cones for my shrimp.   :)


This is a good food source for the Shrimp (and some of the bugs in the tank too as you'll see in the next video)

If you are interested in some for your shrimp as of today (Feb 4, 2018) the Alder Cones I bought are currently out of stock at Amazon, but here is a link to an alternate supplier: http://amzn.to/2E3Hakt

Water Change

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I like to do a water change and a little bit of a vacuum of the tank bottom about once every 3 weeks. I take about 20-30% of the water out in the process and replace it with water usually at about the same water parameters. Often for me so far that has been dechlorinated tap water with maybe some distilled mixed in to bring the PH and/or TDS (total dissolved solids) down to match what the shrimp are used to.

In the near future I think I will start experimenting with re-mineralizing distilled or RO filtered (reverse osmosis) water. It seems that those who do it this way have better luck getting the CRS and other more delicate shrimp to breed.