Almost too beautiful to eat.
A look under the kilt.
Of course, if you are a shrimp, it's good to not be on point.
The RAS (test: remember what that stood for?) needed a flushing last week so I popped the knife valve open and drained most of the water out.
This allowed me to get a good look at my livestock and they seem to be growing and thriving.
In a drawdown, I drain the water through a bottom drain and with it goes bottom sediments that build up over time. Once the tank is cleaned, I refill with fresh well water.
The well water comes in at 74 degrees, but the very tropical prawns seem to handle that temperature change (the old tank water would have been warmer due to absorbing the summer heat).
My system rarely needs a drawdown and is very water efficient. On a daily basis, I exchange about 5 gallons of water at the most.
I open the valve for just a moment daily to flush a pulse of uneaten food, etc out of the tank and into the happy plants that grow near the RAS.
A few days after taking these photos, I almost lost the lot of them when a pipe connection came loose.
Most of the aeration in this tank comes from the sprinkling water that returns from the filter barrel. A pump in the tank sends water to the barrel, where it flows through filter media. It returns to the tank (R = recirculating) by spraying back into the tank, thus aerating the water.
I just happened to walk out to feed them a late night snack and discovered the malfunction.
The shrimp were all at the surface (very rare) because that water was the most oxygenated.
The poor things almost suffocated.
I did some late night plumbing repairs (and improvements) and all was well.
Scary business though.
He is totally awesome and dominates the tank.
Here's a quiet, not very exciting, yet kind of soothing, video of the prawn parade.
No I haven't eaten any yet, but I think their population will have a sudden drop soon.
I'm thinking broiled like lobster.