Hi - I'm wondering if anyone can explain what went wrong with my shrimp tank!
Although the parameters for ammonia, nitrate, nitrite were good in my small tank, the pH was high (8.2). This remained constant over a couple of months, so I thought it was ok. GH & KH were 6.
Then a couple of weeks ago the red nose shrimp, them this week the cherry shrimp and finally the nerite snails, died. I couldn't figure out the problem. Then today I emptied the tank. It was up on a bookshelf so normally I can't smell the water. Today when I siphoned it out I could smell a very strong chemical smell and the taste (a quick sampling when I siphoned), was tangy. Not like the earthy smell and neutral taste of the other shrimp tank I have.
Any ideas what it could have been?
And now for some reason I’m seeing 40-50 nitrate in my neo tank that is thriving except for 4 deaths yesterday doing water change now.
I feed this tank that has 100 or so neos of various ages very small amount of bacter EA
and a small amount of shrimp baby powder food from same mfg.
and in 2 feeding dishes I put one stick of either shrimp party or shrimp protein from company called shrimpy business.
small amount meaning enough to cover the handle end of the spoon that comes with the jar
Yeah all is well with my tanks.
I will be using just the gravel because that's what I'm using in the 5 gal which I plan to upgrade.
Yeah I've got a bucket i could put the shrimp in with some of their tank water. And as what jayc has said, I'll be drip acclimating the shrimps because there'll still be some differences from the old tank and the new tank.
About the micro crabs, maybe you got something mixed up but I do indeed have some local crabs that I thought of keeping but I'm gonna keep that on the side for now because I plan to try to selectively breed my local Caridinas because some have outstanding looks that I'll try to develop, hence the upgrade.