I don't think that flourite is inert.... it definitely raises a difference in growth of vals for me
I use flourite and I can say myself it definitely does something. Is there an article or something that says that flourite is inert that I can read please
Lol if you have females and males its going to be harder NOT to breed than to breed.I have absolutely no clue. I’ve just seen them with bettas on other posts here and think they are adorable lol.
Lol if you have females and males its going to be harder NOT to breed than to breed.
Nice buy! I'll likely end up getting one for my next tank....I did a thing.....I splurged and bought the Neptune Apex El system last night. SMDH
Nice buy! I'll likely end up getting one for my next tank....
Sorry to hear about. :/
I've heard shrimp are rather sensitive to water conditions. Also, I've seen on here someone say about a Nerite floating and it just happened to be that there was air in their shell, maybe from them going above the water line?
I'm not sure on decomposition affecting pH but I know it can release harmful toxins. I pray this isn't the case. I am a 'low tech' tank person so I want to be more helpful but sadly don't know how.
Any chance of using an alternative water source that is more stable, such as RO water? Should be pH Neutral and demineralized so to not affect parameters.
It would involve some effort but may be worth it. I've seen small systems at costco for $200 but haven't ever looked into them in detail. I'm still working on how to get filtered water to my 20 long when it moved to my home office.I don't have an RO system and getting it weekly from the store is not an option right now. Maybe I should look at some home systems and maybe splurge on it. I would have to figure out how to do either do it for the bathroom sink, or do whole house. The kitchen sink is too far away from the tank to be able to use it.
I hope it helps, and that it doesn't get to pricey.. doesn't sound good price wise for the long term but I know problems are immediate at the moment.I can get Primo Purified Water nearby and it's only about $8 per 5 gal. Since my tank is small (20g), I can use this. I'll go tonight and do a 10g water change with the purified water. Then perhaps another 10g WC tomorrow, and see if I can't get the water params back to a stable place before I lose all my fauna.
I researched the brand, and it's RO water that's been remineralized. I'll do a kH and pH check on the water first, and luckily I have alkaline buffer if I need it, but hoping I don't.
I hope it helps, and that it doesn't get to pricey.. doesn't sound good price wise for the long term but I know problems are immediate at the moment.
Glad to hear it. I'm sure you know how stores can slap a 'pet/aquarium' label on something that's for everyday use and it suddenly doubles the price since it's in the pet section...Certainly better than I expected; given I'd seen the RO water a Petco for significantly higher prices. And after this emergency, and I'm only doing a 25% wc weekly, it's really the equivalent of 2 trips to Starbucks.
2AM? Commitment!Latest update: everything is looking good. I had a kH spike in the water last night and had to do yet more WC, but I got it back to a stable 7.5 before calling it a night at 2am. As of now, 8 hours later, there have been no casualties that I know of.
This morning, I have active snails and shrimp who are eating. During the downtime last night I made some snello, and will try that out today. I hope they like the recipe.
I hope they like the recipe.
Nice! Would you be willing to link the receipe you found? There are a ton out there and it'd be nice to know which one someone here has had success with.I shouldn't have worried. It's been gobbled up like nobody's business! So happy to see, since I know that they're all getting calcium in their diets.
Nice! Would you be willing to link the receipe you found? There are a ton out there and it'd be nice to know which one someone here has had success with.
.So I broke down the tank. I found planaria in the tank and used fenbenazole. I kept all the snails out of the tank for 72 hours, and then put them back in, but later I read that fenbenazole stays in the substrate for 1-2 months, and even running charcoal/purigen for the water, the substrate would eventually kill the snails.
Given the issues with nitrites, then the planaria and the potentially fatal substrate, I broke down and decided to redo it all. I pulled all the snails and shrimp back out; removed all the plants and substrate and washed the tank out. I boiled all the driftwood and rocks that I could remove from the tank. I dipped all the plants in a bleach dip.
I set up the tank again. This time with Carib Sea Planted Aquarium Substrate. I layered on top of that fine black aquarium sand to give a smoother surface for the snails over what I had before. Replanted the tank and added back the driftwood and little ceramic houses. When the water was back up to 76*, I acclimated and returned the shrimp and snails.
So....now we wait. We wait to see if the snails were poisoned beyond recovery; to see if the complete redo of the tank is too stressful; to see if I've saved my critters.
PS: some good news, though; both of the bamboo shrimp have been hanging strong; I hear that they sometimes die after a couple of days in a new tank. Since they basically got a new tank 2x over today (once to the temporary holding tank; then back to their newly remodeled home), let's hope they like it well enough to continue to stick around.