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  2. Crabclaw

    My 110 L Community Tank

    My tank is weird... So! Some good news, and some bad news. Bad news first, cuz I gotta get it out. My crypts have all totally melted. Just in the first 3-4 days, they’re practically gone. Just roots and a couple of tiny leaves. My lace fern has done the same, but I think it just died... not sure why, but not a big deal. Will add photos later. Second bit of bad news is that I lost my male endler, Gerald. I don’t understand what happened, as everyone else is doin great, but I saw him one afternoon just staying in one spot in the top left corner of the back, by the heater, and he didn’t look to excited, so I fed some food back for him to see if he would eat. He ate, and I thought it couldn’t be that bad as there were no obvious visible signs of disease, he wasn’t gasping, and wasn’t visibly bloated. The next morning I had just finished feeding when I saw him lying on the bottom of the tank, in a bed of melted crypts, unmoving. He was straight beneath where he had been the previous day, except now Gerald was dead. Again, he didn’t look diseased or anything, just was lying dead on his side. I then removed him and buried beside my one dead shrimp’s grave outside my window. Am going to check the parameters this arvo when I have time. Any ideas on what else it could be? Anyhoo, everyone else is doing very well, and the good news is that I believe my Apistogramma Nijsseni pair are breeding! I have no idea why, as they have just experienced a very stressful change in params (that from my recent research should have probably killed them!). I may have accidentally caused it by adding an extra cave and increasing the temps to their breeding temperature. I’m still not totally sure, but I’ve been seeing courtship for a while, and two days ago they were doing some crazy aggressive mating-ey stuff. Yesterday I saw that my female was staying in one place along my driftwood, and she hasn’t moved from there since. She looks to be doing very well, still quite active, and has chased a few fish away from her spot. I noticed that there is a deep divot where she is guarding that she goes inside maybe once every two minutes. I can’t see in the hole, have tried everything, but assume from her behaviour that she is guarding eggs. Either way, we’ll know in a few days. I’m a little worried about their chances of survival though (the babies, I mean), in a community tank. I also have no tiny live foods, the best I can do is super fine flakes or pellets. Is hatching baby brine shrimp easy? If so I could try that I guess. Final thing is that when I got my refund for my bad gravel, I ended up in a long phone call with the guy, who was trying to give me advice. It was veeeeery frustrating, as he keeps saltwater and african cichlids. As such, he said the gravel was great for his tanks, and should be fine for mine. Hmm. Maybe that’s cuz your fish require a really high level of hardness?! He also said that plants are the worst thing you can put in a tank, that I need to get rid of them ASAP, and that they are the sole reason that algae exists. In addition to that, he said my oversized external canister filter wasn’t enough for my tank, that I needed a ‘biological filter’, and that’s why my killies died. It was a great convo. Sorry, just needed to express my frustration with the guy to people who get it. Thanks for reading this long post, as usual any help is greatly appreciated. Cheers guys! (And gals and peeps who are neither) Thanks Simon, forgot to respond to this. I think I’ll leave it as is. Keep it natural.
  3. Today
  4. jayc

    bee shrimps with eggs

    Those galaxy pintos are so nice.
  5. sdlTBfanUK

    New nano set up.

    Thats quite a difference! Did you swoosh them both through the water? Take a look at the 2 prongs on each and they should both be parallel to each other, ie straight? If the prongs aren't straight it will be wrong! Otherwise take a sample of some water from one of the sources, to a nearby local aquarium place and get them to check what reading they get and 'hopefully' it will agree (near enough) with one of the meters? The zerowater one is nearer the figure correlation that beanbag mentioned so maybe? If you want to change the water in the tank before you can get confirmation which is right then I would use the Zerowater meter as those figures are higher, so if it turns out the lower old meter is right you can just add more GH/KH+ which is easier (and a lot less wasteful) than trying to reduce it! As the zerowater figures correlate better to GH figures etc that is probably the most accurate! Simon edit - sorry, just realised beanbag TDS/GH correlation is on another UK thread! 1 GH is very roughly USUALLY approx 20 TDS.
  6. beanbag

    OK to let leaves get moldy?

    Thanks. I think next time I will try boiling longer to soften the leaf more.
  7. jayc

    Aquarium Plants

    People will try to make money off anything. All you need is a little sprig of java moss and it will grow in any tank. You will soon be throwing out the overgrown moss you will have in the tank. When that happens, give it away to a fellow aquarist. That's how I got mine. Someone gave me a handful.
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  9. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Hopefully you will get the new shrimps later this week, exciting stuff! They grow fairly quickly! The babies will feed off the sponge so it doesn't surprise me to hear they like it there. Pleased to hear it is going so well! Simon
  10. sdlTBfanUK

    What's wrong with my cherry shrimp?

    Also, do you know the TDS, GH and KH of the tank? Simon
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  12. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    LOL, did you have bioflim on yer fingers?
  13. jayc

    Remineralizing distilled water

    This is where the TDS meter will come in handy and make things easy. (And part of the reason we recommend shrimp keepers get one). With a TDS meter you just add enough of the dissolved mix into the tank (or water change) until it reaches 150TDS as measured with the TDS meter. Without a TDS meter, just follow the instructions and dosage below: Instructions of use Mix with water outside of the aquarium. Shrimp Mineral dissolves almost completely within seconds, and the water is ready for use at once. Please make sure that any undissolved particles go into your tank, too. Close container after every use at once as this mineral salt absorbs moisture. Dosage Use Shrimp Mineral to re-mineralise RO water, rainwater, fully desalinated water etc. to reach a total hardness of about 6 GH and/or a conductance of about 300 +/- 50 uS (Microsiemens). For this purpose, an evenly full measuring spoon (about 2 g) to 10 litres (2.2Gallon) of water is sufficient. While not as accurate without a TDS meter, it will get close. You can always adjust the TDS reading after you get your TDS meter. Weekly water changes of 10% as per normal, with the new water adjusted to 150 TDS with SS GH/KH+. If it is particularly hot and you notice the water level of the tank dropping, you top off with pure RO or Distilled water, no remineralising needed. In summary, Water Change = Add SS GH/KH+. Top Off = straight distilled.
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  15. On Amazon today: API Freshwater Master Test Kits sold by PETCO for $9.99 with free shipping. Need to go to bottom of description to: New (20) from $9.99 https://smile.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATER-800-Test-Freshwater-Aquarium/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=api+master+test+kit&qid=1573120403&s=pet-supplies&sr=1-4
  16. sdlTBfanUK

    Wall tank Journal

    That looks awesome!! Must have been a LOT of work setting that up? Simon
  17. sdlTBfanUK

    Salty Shrimp GH/KH+ and PH

    As JayC states it will be a balancing act with the temperature. I think the tetras I have in about 24 degrees and the betta about 26 degrees and the red cherrys are ok in both of those? Tanks will go above that sometimes in summer of coarse, though as long as it doesn't get to 30 degrees (very rare here, for water temperature) they seem to cope ok!. I think the bee shrimp are more fussy but I don't keep fish with them anyway. Simon
  18. Cris Car

    Bamboo Shrimp or not?

    Thanks for your response. The tank they were in at the store was mounted relatively high up so I can’t say that I ever got a super good look at them from above, as opposed to from the side, and had called ahead to confirm they had them so it was a pretty quick transaction.
  19. beanbag

    Water has no buffering

    A lot of shrimp breeders in Asia like low TDS < 100 and GH 3-4. At least the people I bought my shrimp from claim those parameters... Also, the soil doesn't really seem to buffer the pH very strongly, as far as I can tell.
  20. Disciple

    Magnifying scope/loupe solutions

    No worries @jayc How have u been?
  21. Elkwatcher

    Hoping to start a Colony

    Thank you Simon, I will have to order the Bacter AE online. I dehydrated a few bunches of organic Kale and powered it with my mortar and pestle. Going to try my own shrimp food treats using recipe from Marks Shrimp Tanks. There is an abundance of wild treats in the back yard such as Beech leaves, nettles, Maple, Alder, dandelions, blackberry leaves. All my tanks have Catappa leaves in them as well as Alder cones. I had molting issues with the last batch of shrimp after having them for almost 6 months. No one berried. The last "mosquito larvae" I saw floating around turned out to be Giant Danio fry, as I stole some substrate from them to start the shrimp tank. A surprise to say the least but now I have a school of 8 in my 50 gallon! Trish @Crabclaw That's good to know. I've been told the Pygmy Cory's might go after little ones though... I'm hoping not as they are little character fish and add a lot of entertainment to the tank. 😊
  22. And found a few Neos. In 41 degree water (5 c). I'm trying to warm them up slowly to get them inside to my 60 degree tanks (15.5). Buckets are warming up a little sitting in the sun. This is a learning experience. I've often let mine get much cooler than caresheets suggest, but not quite this cold. It got down to 31 last night (-1c) and the pond is unheated.
  23. sdlTBfanUK

    Community 40 Gallon Breeder

    That is a beautifully set up tank! You must spend a lot of time on your tanks. As you say, it is a shame the fish are camera shy as it looks empty without them! Simon
  24. Elkwatcher

    Being nosy

    @Cesar I'm raising Bolivian fry as we speak. They colour up beautifully when spawning. In with Pepper Cory's... the parents put the chase on them! I've moved the dozen fry that are left into a quarantine tank for rearing. They all have fat little pink bellies filled with live baby brine shrimp. 😉
  25. Elkwatcher

    Albino Bristlenose

    Thank you for your kind words. Trish
  26. ineke

    Thanks Mum

    @jayc I'm often lurking around !😊
  27. Elkwatcher

    My very first planted Shrimp Tank

    My first venture was keeping Amano's. They have pretty well been trouble free. 29 gallon long.
  28. Elkwatcher

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    @jayc I removed this poor shrimp from my shrimp colony immediately and euthanized with clove oil, now armed with better information on treatment I wish I had considered treating. I have 2 week old Bolivian fry occupying my quarantine tank right now and am also raising live BBS for the first time... man those little guys are hungry, I need to run 2 hatcheries! I am happy to contribute to the forum and meet like minded. 😊
  29. jayc

    Time for a restart? Advice needed!

    you won't need to wipe it down with vinegar anymore. The bleach has now done the job of killing everything. Instead, rinse it out thoroughly. But I still wouldn't trust just doing that. Use your Prime undiluted and wipe the glass down. Dechlorinator helps neutralise bleach. Pay particular attention to the silicon joints. So use it liberally to wash the bleach away. If your hob was in contact with the bleach, that needs to be washed out by the dechlorinator as well. Don't forget the pump in the hob. Open it up and clean inside the impeller area. And no, it's not excessive. Any trace of bleach will ruin your tank. Better to be safe than see your tank suffer.
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