I have now pretty much set up the shrimp tank afresh. The layout isn't 100% yet as I am testing a piece of rock for the week which I will test if it has any affect on Ph at the weekend when it has been in its tub of water for a wee? I set the heater going yesterday and as per JayC have turned it up for the cycle, and the 2 filters are running with sponges from other tanks. Most of the plants/wood are from before in the same tank. I put a small amount of Bacter AE and fish food into the tank as well today.
Parameters today, TDS 213, ammonia 1, nitrite 0, nitrate 25 (these are the only tests I have done as it is just day 1 of running. As I am using RO water remineralised I don't expect I will test GH, KH, Ph at this early point but I can adjust those easy enough later down the line once cycled should they be out of sync, though they shouldn't (in theory), and adjusting the TDS is easy.
I am planning to rinse the betta fish sponges in 4L of used betta water and dumping that in the shrimp tank on friday, tanks are next to each other so that will be soooo easy! That actually shouldn't affect the parameters much anyway? I will then run it as a set up tank and do 2L water change/maintenance each thursday (back to my old shedule) - tank will have about 26L of water in it (more substrate this time so 2 litres less water).
If I am doing anything wrong or have missed/forgotten something I will be pleased to hear from anyone?
Oh! and I will be getting at least a fixed thermometer this time, and will look into the device that JayC and KMS have recommended at some later stage when it is all up and running, though I did take a quick look and haven't seen any in the UK yet. I plan to get a strip thermometer that you stick on and it changes colour to show what the temperature is, as these are inoffensive to look at and I should be able to view them easily/often from where I normally sit and they can be stuck on the side instead of the front (which I see from my normal seat). I don't know how good/accurate they are though but it is only to indicate a problem so I don't have to go through this devastation, mine and the shrimps, again?
Day 2, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 25
Day 3, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 50 tds 221
Hey guyz, im cycling a 30l tank to get some rcs in it. The tank is almost cycled and im thinking of getting them next week.
I have tested the water and the kH is at 9 and ph is 7 (i have yet to buy a gh test as i bought the jbl pack and didnt realise it does not include gh). I have read about parameter for neo carodina and they say that the hardier the water the better. But i have also read that the water can be too hard which will make it hard for them to molt.
What would you recommend for the parameters ? And how much should i start as a basic colony?
Hi I'm an animal enthusiast with many frogs snakes and arachnids but it's my first attempt at caring for cherry shrimp..i researched with my girlfriend quite a bit and already set up a planted tank in a nano 2.6gallon aquarium. It will be cycling and until then I just wanted some feedback on how it looks and what y'all think about it? Thankyou ~
3 nights ago I moved 15 shrimp from a planted 1 gallon jarrarium to a 4 gallon bent glass tank. The tank has a small PennPlax HOB which was seeded and has been up and running for about 1 month prior to transferring the shrimp. The jarrarium in which they were born only had Aquasolum substrate, Anubias, and a bunch of java moss. In the new tank I used black sand for the substrate and added a nice piece of Malaysian Driftwood along with java moss from the jarrarium. When I first put them in the tank (after drip acclimating for 1-1/2 hours) they were swimming all over checking things out, acting pretty ecstatic about their new home. This morning their behavior has become very subdued and most of the time I don't even see them (the driftwood has many openings for them to hide in). A few have already molted. All water parameters between the 2 tanks were the same with the exception of nitrate and GH/KH levels. The jarrarium always had 0 nitrates, the new tank has 10ppm. The jarrarium GH/KH were both 4, the new tank reads 5 for both the GH/KH. I'm keeping a close eye on them but don't see any signs of stress. Most are hiding in the driftwood, the others are resting very still in place.
How long does it generally take for shrimp to acclimate to new surroundings? They are neocaridina davidi var. orange that were born in the jarrarium so this new environment is a huge change for them. They've gone from a vertical water column to a horizontal water column that offers major hiding capabilities. It was nice to be able to view them when they were actively swimming, now they've gone incognito on me.
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