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Hi all. So some background My 10g tank has: Blue Dreams Amanos 1 Cardinia that stowed away in a plant shipment I got 3 Rainbow Paskais 1 Celestial Danio Phoenix Moss Crinum Calamistratum (Onion Plant) Nymphaea Zenkeri (Tiger Lotus) Bolbitis Heudelotii (Creeping Fern) Eleocharis sp. Mini (Mini Dwarf Hairgrass ) Micranthemum (Monte Carlo) A random piece of Subwasstertang algea but i dont want that The overall goal of this tank is to be a shrimp tank with the neos and maybe a species of Caridina once I'm a little more experienced. But I have a hard time keeping the neos alive a friend who owns the LFS ive been buying them at recommended i try buying from a local shrimper because his shrimp might be more well suited to the local water than the shrimp he buys from abroad because he thinks its weird that im having a tough time with Neos. So I did just that when i met up with him he told me co2 might be the issue since it makes the water acidic and makes molting hard and it makes the water parameters more unstable so I stopped using Co2 for the time being and the shrimp look healthy. But the issue is I would like to keep using Co2 for the benefits to the plants and because id like to keep the carpet ive been working on. Current Parameters Temp: 74.5 F/ 23.6 C Ph: Between 6 and 6.4 (im bad at colors) but its yellow (API Test) Kh: 4 drops the chat says 4 degrees 71 PPM Gh: 6 drops the chart says 6 degrees 107 PPM TDS: Waiting on a meter from amazon. Lights are on between 4 PM and 9:30 PM for those who don't do the military time. Bellow are the spectral percentages of light if this helps anyone. Any advice on how and if I should add Co2?
Ello, I'm Andrew, I mostly joined this forum out of curiosity and to ask the question about preserving my crayfish moult, but thought I'd introduce myself. I have a tank with a blue crayfish, Sawyer. He's big guy, and he's got a lot of personality. He's in the tank with four fish tank mates, all of which don't bother him at all, and are all very sweet fish. I'm not certain of the species of the fish, though, the guy that was getting rid of them didn't even know what he had in his tank. I'll post some photos of my big guy for you all. I'd add shrimp to my tank, but there's already a nice balance where Sawyer's not eating anyone, and I don't wish to mess it up, you know? Nice to meet you all. xx
Hi! I found today the smallest of my 6 shrimp dead and can't figure out why and am hoping for help. They seemed generally less active in the last week or two, and I have noticed that they fan their belly flaps quite a lot (though none of my shrimp are berried, at least I am pretty sure, the eggs always seem pretty obvious on photos). Is it maybe too little oxygen? The dead shrimp appears completely normal to me, and I found it lying on its side in the middle of the tank, still flapping it's belly fins. I put it in a glass with tank water where aber about 15minutes it stopped moving completely, even if prodded. It shouldn't be a shedding issue, as I think this shrimp has shed about 4 days ago. It's the smallest of the 6 (almost half the size of my biggest) so I figured it must be juvenile and it shouldn't be age. I do have some worms in there that I can't seem to get rid of, but I'm quite sure none of them are planaria. Seems to be some sort of white flat worm that usually sticks to the glass and very thin hair like ones that float around. All my cherry shrimp are solid red, so I can't see if they have bacterial infection. There always seems to be one of two that are paler/mottled but as they shed I think it's that? I have a hard time keeping them apart tbh I did a 50% water change and removed most of the floating plants in case there wasn't enough aeration. My goal with making this post is to maybe find out what might have killed it/how to avoid further deaths. I'm happy for any advice! Background/setup: This is my first aquarium, just as a disclaimer, so I'm gonna list...everything, not that I oversaw sth stupid. I got 6 cherry shrimp and 5 MTS(that have made about two dozen babies by now) approx. 5 weeks ago. The tank had been set up and running w/ plants and filter 4 weeks before that. It's ~25L, running a sponge filter with air pump, have some java fern and moss, wood, flourite black sand, and dwarf grass(?) and a lot of tiny floating plants on top. The light sold with the aquarium (very bright) and a desk lamp (less bright) that I use sporadically. They get fed JBL 'Nano Prawn' pellets (which they don't seem to be fond of) and sometimes blanched spinach/peas/lettuce (which they will fight eachother for). Would they starve themselves for not getting the beloved spinach&peas??? Measured half an hour ago upon finding the dead shrimp: PH: 7.2 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: ~5 (now probably 2.5 as I just did a 50% water change) Temp: 22-24C I do use dechlorinator (tetra tap safe). I currently don't have a gh/kh test but it's on the shopping list. They have a small piece (2x2cm) of cuttle bone permanently floating around the tank, as Glasgow water is supposedly soft and between snails and shrimp i figured they'd need it. It has been stable like this for at least 3 weeks now, before that, week 1-2 of having the shrimp, the ph was a little lower and small amounts of ammonia/nitrite. From what I read this should all be fine?
Hello guys, I am relatively new to shrimp keeping and need a newbies guide to what I'm kind of looking for! Wee bit of background on me, I was the store support manager of a large British aquatic company and have worked and kept everything big and small for a number of years, i have kept shrimp instore before but had other staff looking after shrimp, i have now moved on to pastures new and joined the police force, so i have decided i need something wet in the house and i have had my fun of nano and pico marine so now i want SHRIMP! My plan.... so far i have a 10 litre fluval spec, JBL Volcano substrate with JBL shrimp substrate to go on top, a single piece of rock which i intend on tying moss to... i would love a carpeted java moss tank running with PURE biological supplement balls.... so my question is..... What next? do i plant the moss in the bare tank and allow to grow empty for a few weeks with cling film over it ? what minerals do i ACTUALLY need ? I'm planning on keeping Bees of some sort...... Any help would be appreciated :D Blair