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Monday, September 29, 2014

Lowkeys Shrimp Workshop Nano Tank Setup by Japan Shrimp Expert Mr Kenji

The Shrimp Workshop at Shrimps Specialist Aquarist Chamber today 28 Sept was informative.
For those who have missed it, here's the summary:

Insights into some shrimps keeping by Japanese shrimp keepers, Mr Kenji on 28 Sept, Sunday
2pm, 7pm

Nano Tank Setup (30 litres)

Undergravel Filter Location
Japanese usually position them in Front or Middle of tank. Reason being as these areas are usually where food is thrown in and can clean up leftover food if there is any.

Pour in following items in sequence
1) Coarser soil
2) Speed Sand
3) Finer Soil

4) Fill up half tank/full tank with tap water.
Half level is recommended as it is faster to cycle.
5) Pour out all water on the next day.
6) Pour in conditioned water from well cycled aquarium tank.
7) Introduce cheaper/hardier shrimps like Yamato.
8) Feed a bit of food daily.

Test Water Parameters with paper strip.

Generally there are 3 types of H2O condition:
A) no reaction
B) reaction - high ammonia due to no filtration
C) no ammonia , no nitrites

Yamato shrimps will eat food initially, afterward will stop eating due to high ammonia and low oxygen level.

After 2 weeks with Yamato shrimps eating food, tank will be fully cycled.

When test parameters results showed high nitrite/ammonia level, jus take out the shrimps.

Do not do a water change (WC), its a big mistake made by many hobbyists. Have to restart cycling process if u do any WC.

Test results will change gradually from Red to Pink, then it will change to White.

Do not need to do WC ,if color change from Pink to Colourless /White.

How to set up a big tank for shrimps competition in Japan?

Put one pc of Lowkeys AquaTailors (slab) into every 30litre tank. Put two PCs if 60litres etc.

Aqua Tailors releases Oxygen bubbles and absor toxics in tank. Only effective for one month. Can continue using as a media after 1 mth as it won't release toxic.

Hardness level
GH : 5-10 in Japan

Amazonia Frogbits floating water plants can be used to absorb toxics. Will fill up surface of tank within one month. These frog bits are also used in Japan to test water. Telltale sign of frogbits not growing well is an indication of unsuitable water condition for shrimps.

Amino Asid Vaital solution can be used to increase pregnancy rates of shrimps. Only 50 bottles brought in.
Every 10liters of tank water ,pour in not more than 5ml of concentrated solution . Do not overdose.

Ways to increase Pregnancy
Buy more shrimps

Mr Kenji getting ready for audience to come at 2pm

Mr Kenji showing us the Japan under gravel filter

Do not remove the cover of the holes

Participants were asked to position undergravel filter 

Japanese way of placing undergravel filter
 is in the Middle or Front of tank.

Pour in coarser size soil first 
after positioning the undergravel filter

Add in Speed Sand

Next pour in finer size soil

These sequence will ensure that water flow in tank is smoother.

Fill water to half level or 3/4 of tank.
Half level is recommanded as it is faster to cycle.


Introduce the hardier shrimps like Yamato into tank.
Test the water parameters using test strips

Remeber to feed thr Yamato shrimps daily with some food.
They are there to aid in cycling of yr nano aquatium.

There are basically three types of water condition

A typical Shrimp Contest in JAPAN

How do Japan shrimp contest organiser set up tanks faster?
Popular now in Japan
 Lowkeys Aqua Tailors abt S$18/slab
Diffuses oxygen bubbles and absorb toxic.
Can last for one month and still continue to use

You can break the slab into half ( optional ).

Frogbits can be used to reduce nitrites/toxic in water.
also used to test yr water is it suitable for shrimps.

Shrimps Viagra
Way to increase pregnancy rate and sexual activity in Shrimps
Do not overdose as Amino asid VaƮtal solution is concentrated.
Used NOT more than 15ml per 10 litres of water.

lastly Mr Kenji wraps up
BUY More Shrimps to increase pregnancy rate.


Refreshment from Aquarist Chamber
Cream Puff 

See you next time catching shrimps here

1 comment:

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