I drop it into a plastic cup of tank water.
In about 5 minutes, I stir the mix and drop it slowly into the tanks.
How depends on the stocking.
In tanks with corys, I dump a lot at one time so some gets to the bottom.
Without bottom feeders, I do it more slowly.
Google “versa lid.”
I have them on all of my tanks after removing the original plastic ones.
Now I just buy tanks. Then custom filters, heaters, lids and lights.
A big fan of the Beamworks 6500 lights.
If money is an issue, try a couple of double sponge filters with an air pump.
Perfect for shrimp since you don’t have to worry about them getting sucked into your filter.
I have both a 20L and a 20T each has this filteration.
Sponge filters don’t suck up debris but are excellent biological...
I usually get tube from all 6 of my tanks, do the nitrates test in 2 of them, shake for a minute, then do the next 2 and so on.
But I shake the #2 bottle just before I put it in although it was shaken 2-3 minutes earlier.
That way I know it’s safe.
So I never got an answer to the original question.
Would it be better to move the fish from this established tank and add shrimp?
The second photo is the tank i’m talking about. As you can see it has plenty of cover.
With multiple tanks, taking existing, seeded filter media works well.
I always plan my tanks in advance. Part of this plan is putting an air driven sponge filter in a cycled tank for at least a month before setting up the new tank. So far, so good.
They sell (API) a GH/KH test kit.
Like Mattgirl, I think I used mine 1-2 times.
But I should probably use it more.
The only thing I test for regularly is nitrates.
If I change my filteration, or start a new tank, I test for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. But that is rarely.
I have bought...
Probably 12-15 cardinal tetras, 2-3 angels, 10-12 sterbia corys and a bristle nose pleco.
Maybe 2 rams for the bottom.
And a couple of snails.
Edit: I like harlequin rasporas too. I used cardinals because they will tolerate 80 degrees better. But the 12-15, should be 15-20 in a 55.
Do the bumps look like this?
I doubt it’s the same issue since mine was bloated.
Fish Lore folks told me it was from overfeeding. I cut back feeding for a week, then fasted the tank for 5 days. All better now.
But yours looks slim, not bloated.
It’s usually an age thing.
When the angel is young, they are pretty docile. As they grow and age, they can become more aggressive.
How big is the tank??
And what’s the stocking?
An aggressive angel in a large enough tank shouldn’t be a problem depending what other fish you have.
But if the...