Saturday, December 20, 2014

Shrimp Spotlight: Japanese Black Bee

Blue Faced! 
The new addition to the team. She's only been inside the new tank for 3 days. I can't wait till she gets more situated and starts to really shine.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Japan - Adventure at Lowkeys-Tokyo location

Store: Lowkeys
Location: Tokyo Office
Specialty: Shrimps - Japanese Red Bees, Japanese Black Bee, Pintos, and Taiwan Bees

This was a quite the exciting experience for me. Being such a shrimpaddict, I knew that I just HAD to visit the IT shrimp store. Unlike Hong Kong, Japan's shrimp chain-like store is called Lowkeys. They have many offices located all over Japan and the store acts like a mecca for all shrimp related activities in Japan. Please don't get me wrong, there are MANY shrimp stores located all over Japan that isn't run and operating under the brand Lowkeys, but the benefit of visiting a Lowkeys location is that the company gathers all the best shrimps from all over Japan and from many breeders and stores it under 1 roof.  

Because Japan is so big (much bigger than I initially expected) the cost of traveling to remote locations to visit the various shrimp stores would eat into my overall budget and results in less shrimps and shrimp related goodies thus I opted to visit the most important stores so I could spend my time and money more wisely.

While in Tokyo, Japan, I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my GF (my traveling partner), who after living in Japan for 3 months, became really good at traveling Japan via bus and trains.  I think if I didn't have her I wouldn't be able to get nearly as much done and wouldn't have nearly as much fun!

Like I mentioned, Japan is a big place, and my first stop was Lowkeys Tokyo. This store is located in the outskirts of Tokyo (no starbucks nearby to enable WiFi), so it proved quite difficult to locate. Being that the store itself is nearly a 30mins walk from the closest available train stop, it was quite the challenge to find and to navigate to (I arrived in Japan during the onset of winter and temperature was rapidly dropped and I was unprepared for the cold).  

Store Front
This store is much smaller than the 2nd Lowkeys in Osaka, but being that it isn't the HQ, it was still quite to sight.  The store is very cozy as the owner is very welcoming and open to assist me and allow me to take photos (after asking politely of course).  Mr. Mitsumasa Nishitani owns and operates the Lowkeys - Tokyo branch alone.  I would estimate the store ran around 30ish tanks with a few containing VERY high grade Japanese Red Bees.  Tanks that really stood out included his high grade Japanese Red Bees (which were HUGE), his collection of Red Spotted-Headed Pintos (didn't get a picture because it was located behind where he was sitting), and his Japanese Black Bee Glossy linage prized winners.  These Japanese Black Bees were very beautiful.  And now, please enjoy the photos of the shop/shrimps below  

Mr. Mitsumasa Nishitani's Shrimps

This is what a TRUE Red Bee should look like
Zebra Pinto ^.^

No fakes here.. Only JRB

Blue Bolts mixed with Japan's Mothra Bee (Mosura Panda)

She's so very beautiful in real life
Real deep red... isn't that what Pure Red Line is supposed to be? o_0
My only photo of his magnificent JRB with my X-T1 + Macro Lens
Mr. Mitsumasa Nishitani's Tanks

These are the BEST clamp lights!!

Mr. Mitsumasa Nishitani himself!

My corny 'thumbsup'
Special thanks to Mr. Mitsumasa Nishitani for being so generous and welcoming when we visited your store. Thank you for helping me and showing me around. Also, thank you for even providing me and my girlfriend a ride back to the station so we would avoid the cold and dark walk back!  I really appreciate it and I really love your store!!

Another special thank you to Google Translate for making communication possible.  Without you... there would be no possible means of communication.

Hope you've all enjoyed.  Second entry will be posted tomorrow! Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shrimp Spotlight: Panda

The Gang
Post before bed.  I hope you guys enjoy the picture.  This is shrimps from my 60P Panda Taiwan Bee Shrimp Tank.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New kid on the block!

New addition to the family
I'm just so excited to find the new batch of babies just born into the tank. This new guy was birth sometime last night to today. He or she is a young Red Wine/Ruby Red in training. The tank is starting to really get homey for all these guys as mommas start releasing her babies.  

Tiny baby
Newly born babies have a tendency to stay put to where they originally hatched. This sort of behavior usually last a few days for newly born babies as they need the time to situate themselves. This means you'll definitely want to have a nicely filled tank where babies feel safe and secure.  This is why I like moss and tend to have a lot of moss inside my tanks.  Fluffier moss like Fissidens is great because it offers a lot of folds where babies can snuggly hide between.  As they reach the week old mark, they will start moving around and explore their new world.  I'm spotting a few more newly hatched babies and they're all so CUTE!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Flame Moss
It has been roughly 3 weeks since I tied the flame moss on these lava rocks and I am pretty amazed at just how quickly it took for the moss to establish itself and start growing.  As of late, I've been more inclined to tying my moss on rocks rather than my traditional practice of tying it on Stainless Steel Mesh.  I feel like attaching moss on rocks gives the moss a bit of character and really adds to the overall potential of the moss when it has a chance to fully grow and establish itself.  A while back, a buddy gave me one of his mini fissidiens growing on a piece of lava rock and I think that's when I became hooked on this whole rock deal.  I'm still a big fan of tying moss on SS mesh, but there is something about flame moss that just screams to be tied to lava rocks.
This is an overview of the entire tank inside my room that a few folks who visited for the Pandas didn't have the chance to see. Unfortunately, being that the tank is inside my room, most folks will never have a chance to see how the tank look besides seeing it in pictures.

This is my 8gal rimless tank housing Taiwan Bee - Red Wines and Red Wine variants. My Dragon's Blood Red Wines comes from this tank. I got these wonderful shrimps from the same buddy who gave me the mini fissidens. I'm so lucky and very grateful to have great friends.

The tank itself is pretty simple.  The tank is mainly comprised of moss growing on rocks and/or on driftwood. The centerpiece, as you can see in the middle, is a piece of driftwood with fissidens fontanus growing all over it's entirety.

In the front, I have an experimental piece of moss housing unit (more like a clamp) that is holding down my mini x-mas moss. It's been clamped on that device for a good part of a month. Growth is terribly slow, but it does show signs of growing.  All the moss are very healthy without signs of any algae development. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that none will develop as this tank is currently very balanced.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Pure Red Line

It's been getting colder here in California.  I think my shrimps will stop breeding soon. I have very fortunate to have my PRL tank with a few berried females.  I think this will be the last clutch the carry until spring.  I'm so very excited!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pure Red Line

Nishiki PRL
Over at parents' house today and brought the camera along for some rare photos of my PRL colony. The Nishiki Pure Red Line inside are happily breeding away.  This is one of the older babies that have sinced grown.  He/She is looking really beautiful.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Red Wine Taiwan Bees

Red Wine - Dragon's Blood

Had some time today, so I brought out the camera and took some photos of my Red Wines.  Please allow me to introduce to you my Dragon's Blood Red Wine.  She's a youngster but her dark marbling is delightful to look at.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Camera + Macro Lens

Sharing 2 photos that really stood out during my practice photoshoot session. 

My Pandas were experiencing a breeding slow down for 2 months after transitioning from the breeder box to the 60P. They're doing much better now in their new home. Breeding has also picked up since then so I'm really happy about that. Hope to get more shrimps soon! 

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*This is a test upload from mobile.