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Sorry Abby, I am out of ideas. Maybe someone else has some, but I’m at a loss...
Just to avoid anerobic pocketstjander said:I have never had to stir up my substrate. You should really not have to distribute it. Doing so could cause a spike in ammonia. If your substrate is that dirty you are or have in the past over feed.
There’s nothing special about the substrate. It’s got some river gravel, aqua iron and some black diamond quartz. I don’t really feed the plants as they are doing fine and I don’t want to risk hurting the shrimp. The java moss seems to be struggling a bit but that’s not my main concern.barbiespoodle said:Out of desperation to help you because I'm a new shrimp groupie and want you to be too, I'm going to throw out a few questions.
I see you use a plant substrate in your tank, so do I. But do you feed your plants? Many plant foods have copper and some do not list it, I do not use any kind of plant food in my shrimp tank. I just let the substrate and shrimp poo feed my plants and so far it's been enough to keep most of the plants healthy. I will admit to a problem with growing carpet plants. Also most of my plants are not actually planted in the substrate, I have a lot of various java ferns and a few anubius, which are glued or tied to rocks or wood, as is a nice population of java moss. I also have emersed plant roots, pothos and peace lilies, my shrimp spend a lot of time in them.
Also do you add known biofilm magnets? I add Indian almond leaves, cholla wood and have a driftwood center piece. My shrimp graze on those constantly. I also have only sponge filters, no hob's, my babies use those for their first food and the adults also spend a lot of time grazing on them. I actually use these as the main shrimp food.
And it might just be me, but I do feed my shrimp everyday. I actually feed twice a day. The morning feeding is a very small amount of finely crushed flakes. This dust the filters and hangs on the emersed roots, and gives the shrimp a light meal as well as feeds the tanks sole fish, Egor, a very deformed guppy who would not survive in the big tank. The second meal is again, a light meal of flakes and some algae wafers which the amano shrimp grab up, and maybe some frozen brine shrimp or blood worms if I have some thawed out for the big tank, but again a light meal. I have tried many different foods and come across the right amount to make sure the shrimp, Egor and the snails eat it all in the proper amount of time. If I do over feed or feed something they don't like, I suck that up in the morning when I do the before work tank checks.
As far as moulting. I regularly see shed skins of the amono shrimp, but have never actually seen a shed cherry shrimp skin. But they must be doing so because I have berried females and the babies are growing. I figure my old eyes just can't see them.
I won't claI'm to be an expert, I'm fairly new at this, I'm just throwing my experiences so far.
Thank you so much. Everything I did when I was building it was so that I could keep red cherry shrimpbarbiespoodle said:Also, I think your tank looks beautiful.
I might have it. How can I treat it?jpaquatics said:Do you have Cyanobacteria? Or have you treated for it before?
Did you treat with the shrimp in the tank or did you take them out?jpaquatics said:You can treat cyanobacteria with chemiclean. Look it up on amazon, that’s where I got it. I have Neocaridina and have used it and it is shrimp safe as long as you follow directions on the packaging.
Some species of Cyanobacteria release toxins that can eventually kill livestock and I have a suspicion that it could be this that is harming your shrimp
Thank you so much that’s amazing!! It almost sounds like you’re sponsored *laugh* you’re a hero!jpaquatics said:I treated with shrimp in the tank. I feel the same with chemicals. I couldn’t get it to go away with anything else, and after using chemiclean, all of the cyano was gone within 48 hours and now there isn’t a trace of it. If you want to get completely rid of it, chemiclean is the way to go.