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  1. I've seen people have success with traps to rid themselves of planaria, I'll include a link to a good video with a well made trap and some options. Not sure about hydra with the traps though if you can't use no planaria or fenbendazole I think your best bet might be to add some small fish like tetras or endlers in to eat them up and use a trap to help get the planaria. From the photo I'd say that is probably hydra but I'm no expert. I often see many different little organisms sprout up in my shrimp tanks and as long as it isn't one of those 2 I'm happy about it because that means the tank is doing great usually. Nothing like great live food culturing itself, but I'll be damned if I could identify all the different types of scuds and whatever else is out there etc. I'll second ckmullin's recommendation for the dog dewormer, I have used it in the past with no ill effect on shrimp or snails. Plenty of content out there about using fenbendazole to rid a tank of aggressive pests. If you don't want to risk it good luck with the other methods. here is the trap Here is another link to Mark's shrimp tanks. He has a tonne of video on this topic as well, since hydra and planaria are so deadly to his livestock. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl4DEcd7cdV5Yj9RS0MB1mQ
  2. DIY stand and tank leveling question

    It's possible but totally not worth it. I also think if I let the weight off the boards after it has settled and possibly got a bit moist here and there from maintenance that I'll have more bowing problems potentially. I find no matter how level your stand is the wood always bows somewhere when you toss 700+ lbs on it, and wont be ideal to just lay a tank on it afterwards without foam/plywood. I've grabbed some industrial shelving plywood from work and shim'd it. I'll lose just under a inch of working space on the tank but I'll make due rather than pull everything down There is a good chance the tank going in that spot will just be a quarantine tank anyways so I won't have to get in and out of it too much.
  3. DIY stand and tank leveling question

    No that tank isn't full of water yet due to the problem. Think I might just pop some 3/4 ply wood shelving were not using down and shim that even and hope the 2x4 goes down over time. I've never been a fan of foam long term even though it works most times, if it doesn't, it's a mess and a reseal or money and a mess. Thanks for the option though. If the misses has a use for the shelves still I may have to go that route.
  4. I built a 8' x 16" x 41" cinder block and 2x4/2x6 stand. My question is I ran into a board warping on me slightly upwards in the middle on the right-bottom spot creating an uneven surface for the last tank I'm adding, which is a 3' 33 Gallon. I've had great success dealing with a non-level concrete basement floor using composite shims to get it almost perfectly level. But by the time I got everything into place. filled and cycling, I had not realized this damn board was slightly bowed upwards on the middle one on the first row bottom right. I'd really hate to have to tear down to replace the board and was thinking of just using the shims to even the last tank out on all 4 corners and the side trim as the front and back boards are completely level due to not bowing at all and the middle board was really just extra piece of mind than actually needed to begin with. The bow is about 1/8 - 1/4 inch high, along about 20 inches, kind of like a little rainbow. Just high enough to keep the trim from touching slightly on 2 of the corners, so I don't think I can risk just filling the tank itself and letting it correct over time. Other options I can think of would be to just cut the bowed piece out completely on the one side as it is not needed, Or I could lay down some solid plywood and see if I could get the weight of the tank while filled to level the bowed board back down over time. I've always thought most of the weight for an aquarium was all distributed into the four corners mostly, and I have no doubt the shims can support the 370 ish lbs of the filled tank. But I am unsure of how much pressure I would be putting on the length wise seams if I did this. Any advice from experience or know how or other possible solutions I have not thought of would be appreciated. The shims would be easy and I would prefer to do it this way but depending on what you guys/gals have to say I may change my mind. Here is a link to the shims similar to the ones I'm using. Mine run a 1/4 inch at the highest point x 1/16 inch at the lowest. Most of the shims I've seen with the info listed made with this material are rated for 16000 lbs of pressure.. https://www.amazon.ca/NELSON-WOOD-SHIMS-WC8-78L/dp/B005XUYAXU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1512346128&sr=8-2&keywords=composite+shims
  5. Hello everyone

    Welcome aboard!
  6. Advice On Shrimp Food

    Depends on the shrimp I guess. For cherry shrimp or any Neocaridina, I use hikari algae wafers. Use a mortar and pestle to grind them down to small chunks/ fine dust works great as a staple for adult's/babies. Once or twice a week I'll toss a half a cube of thawed frozen blood worms in, which they seem to enjoy as well. I keep hornwort in a lot of my shrimp tanks and if your water is too low on nitrate, which tends to happen from time to time the hornwort will shed reminding me to dose some nitrates. The needles will collect on the bottom and once softened over time seems to be a good source of food as well(whether they are eating the softened plant needles or something that is growing on it I'm not sure, but the babies love to graze this stuff.). Very ugly looking tank if you do this but great if your looking to explode your population. I feed a pinch twice a day, on non blood worm days. Make sure if you use floating plants to give them a bit of a wack with some plant tweezers or something to knock the food shower through the plants and spread it around the tank. Your sponge filter circulation will also help with this. You don't want 100 % of the food to remain in the plants. Many vegetables blended up and baked for a bit at 50 F will work just as well ground up. Just thought I'd toss some cheaper options at you. Depends what you are doing. All of SKAshrimps suggestions will yield better results but cost you a lot more. Hikari Algae Wafers do list copper sulfate at the end of it's ingredients list fyi. I have noticed no ill effects personally but be aware of that. I don't keep any higher end shrimp so results may be different depending on shrimp type. Not sure on your local water supply but here in Edmonton a 20 or 30% water change or just adding in some CSM + B to have a mid range TDS weekly plus the nutrients from food will keep your shrimp happily molting(Edmonton tap water seems to be medium hard). Keep an eye on your ammonia if you have too much plant matter rotting you can overload your sponge and might have to do some cleanup from time to time. But if your using hornwort the chance of getting a spike that will not be consumed by the plant and the filter is very small.
  7. Advice On Led Lighting

    I honestly don't agree with that at all Your input is appreciated however the fact that you disagree is exactly why I find review databases to be one of the best indicators for the quality of a product. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and when you look at review databases like marinedepot, amazon, etc you’re getting tens, hundreds, thousands of people reporting their experiences. You can waste your time and compare all the technical specifications and manufacturer statements available but none of those are going to tell you about the design faults. I know little about salt water products but with 5 minutes of research I can tell you that Aquaray is likely crap and that you should go for Aquatic Life, Finnex or Current USA (these guys seem to really have it down). To narrow it down further, I would look up particular models that suit your needs and budget then consider the number of reviews, overall rating and reports of faults (lowest rating comments) across as many sites / databases you can find. I use this process of shopping for all of my tanks, computer parts and whatever I buy online and have yet to been steered wrong. Hope this helps! Most salt forums are sponsored. Do your research outside of north america and you'll get the opinion that finnex is crap. Also current usa is not going to be growing any baby tears any time soon. I generally go by the rule of buy in the middle. I'm not going to have this debate over again as I already have had this discussion on this forum. Your 5 minutes of research is flawed in my opinion but hey it's your money. He doesn't even want to grow anything I don't think so he could buy anything and come away happy.
  8. Advice On Led Lighting

    I honestly don't agree with that at all
  9. Picking Up My Old Hobby

    Welcome to the forum
  10. Stocking List Thoughts!

    Your best bet store wise for salt water is aquarium illusions/big als/aquarium central in Edmonton.
  11. Advice On Led Lighting

    From my research awhile back I would say your going to want to go with led's made by either Aquaray/finnex/current USA if you intend to grow anything that has a mid-high light requirement. If the led your looking at is cheaper than those brands by a good margin chances are it's absolute crap as they are the good mid priced/affordable led's out there. If money isn't a concern talk to Ron on the forum here or many others who have the pricey led set ups for info on those brands. If not I'm not sure what would be best for a low/mid priced led set up just to make the fish colour pop. The easiest way to aquire aquaray is through a place in BC called J&L aquatics, for current usa probably aquarium central or big als. Finnex chooses not to sell in Canada so you will need to jump through some hoops to get them but a lot of solid keepers here swear by them so it might be worth the hassle. I would talk to Aquarium Illusions in west Edmonton if your looking to spend a bit more they probably have some of the LED lights I mentioned above or better I don't know about there as they specialize in salt water tanks. For a nano set up I've heard good things about http://www.amazon.ca/light-clip-dolphin-curve-adjustable/dp/B009P05DL2%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-d-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB009P05DL2 But for something small I've had good success with the little 13 CFL fluval that comes with the flora tank 1 or 2 of them on a 10 gallon or down is decent light. They are much cheaper than that dolphin and don't use much power.
  12. Hello :)

    Welcome to the forum
  13. Newbie

    Hi welcome to the forum
  14. Stocking Ideas

    I saw pretty much every type of fresh water puffer for sale at big als last week. If I remember correctly you have a pea puffer. They had a tonne of those for sale for $4 each. Aquarium central has them quite often as well I'd give them a call to see if they had any. Less of a drive for us in the west.
  15. New Member

    Welcome to the forum