Hi there Simon
Im terribly sorry for this very late reply but yeah i have bought my molly 2 friends for her to be distracted with.
The natives are surely getting better cause im starting to notice that some of them are developing these white stripes on their back. But ive had a problem because ive had few to no juvies in the whole time i caught them. I dont know if these kind of shrimp need brackish water or they may simply just be eaten by the molly.
Oh and by the way i have this really really annoying planaria infestation in the cull tank which could be an explanation to the lack of juvies but ive no comprehensive evidence of their absence.
You're doing fine so carry on as you are until you feel the cycle is done. My normal schedule is 10%water change every week however I don't think you need to do any while the cycle is going on until/unless the nitrates or ammonia get too high, or the PH gets too low. The lower the Ph the slower the bacteria reproduce! As you only have 2 shrimps they won't be messing the water enough anyway at this stage, I hope they are still doing well?
Can you take a lower resolution photo, or reduce the photo size on a computer? If you want to email it to me I can reduce it for you firstname.lastname@example.org - I had to do it often in the past..
Ok I will continue to add fluval cycle every other day starting today. I have a piece of driftwood I could add which will lower ph too. Should I only water change once a week?
Also, I have 3 java ferns, some small almond leaves, and driftwood. I can’t upload a picture due to size.
Yes, just right.
That's good news. It looks like there is some bacteria in the tank and it's processing the ammonia. Nitrates are building up however, but that can be reduced with water changes. Continue using the Fluval Cycle at every water change, ie. weekly.
Just keep working on reducing the pH slowly.