Well, it's been a while since I've posted here and a lot has happened!
I redid the tank. I've been working to correct parameters and finally purchased a TDS meter. I think my water change habits were causing unnecessary stress on my shrimp, so I'm starting to travel towards a better method.
I've had some recent deaths, thought it was bacterial but now leaning towards stress and molting issues. I'm lowering my GH slowly to 6 from 11 (I don't know why I brought it up this high?) After lowering it to 8, I had a very successful molt which I haven't seen in a while. Temps. were getting high with the heater as the summer months approached. I unplugged the heater (nonadjustable) and everyone seems to be doing well at 64°F.
My goals are more directed towards stability now. Picture update soon.
First water change using additives. During a 10-20% water change, I added a small amount of baking soda into the water to be added and as it turns out the kH matched (2-3) and the pH did as well (7.4) The only thing that went down was the gH, so I added 1/4 tsp to bring it up one (from 6 to 7)
Successful? I think so. Will watch for the next few days, but I'm feeling good. Stability will help my little guys I hope. I don't want to lose any more.
One female has developed a nice stripe and a saddle! I'm hoping I have an adult male or a sub adult/juvie male that will grow up and make BABIES.
Killed the hydra but lost two shrimp. However, my water parameters are finally where I want them to be. My only issue was high nitrate, which resolved once I cleaned my filters/media! Shrimp seem more active as well. I think I have at least one adult female. Hoping some of the juvies will be male!
Found some hydra today. Greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. I have fenbendazole on hand so I went ahead and added about 100 mg to my tank. When I say 100 mg, I mean i took a small scoop hoping it was about half of the 250 mg packet :| Will keep progress updated
Things are going okay. I had a successful molt overnight!
I have really high nitrates, so I came to the conclusion that it was my filter media. I did a 50% water change and rinsed my filter media.
I want to do daily changes until I get my nitrates into a good range but I worry about remineralizing every day. Once things are in shape I won't have to anymore, but still.
day two of having the shrimp in their new home! Found two dead this morning, not sure why, but I'm leaning towards molt issue for at least one? My gH was 5, so borderling. I added booster to hopefully get it to about 7-8. Could also be shipping stress, new tank, who knows. I'm gunna keep an eye to see if actually becomes a problem.
Some pictures (they are gaining color!)
My shrimp have arrived. I can't believe they made it after two extra days in transit! They are all sizes, so I have no idea how many there are. I only found one dead from shipment. So, I'm happy! Let's hope I don't kill them now that shipping didn't :|
Flipped the tank around because the HOB was blowing floaters into the sponge filter when it was on the right.
I moved the anacharis to the front corner. It's a good spot for it to grow tall because the cover and new cover will block the top well. Shrimp can climb the ladder and not commit suicide!
Amano wants me to stop invading his home now, so I will ... for now.
IN OTHER NEWS: Cherries will be here thursday!
2013 is the year I got back into fishtanks. It all started with moss balls. We saw some on Tumblr. I'd never seen anything like them before and had to have some. We found some on eBay and ordered them ... couldn't beat the price. 5 for $3 or something. Then I found out that no matter what I sent the seller, he sent them to our old address. I could only cross my fingers and hope they arrived at our new address without too much delay. (We'd been here almost a year.)
It wasn't long before they arrived. They were noted on the package as "decorative home sponges." LOL I popped them in a gallon jar with some large pebbles and my aquatic adventures had begun. Before long, I had some plants I'd won in an RAOK... some bacopa, frogbit, and water lettuce. I was filling up more gallon jars.
By Valentine's Day, I had a 2.5 gallon tank and a baby betta. Since the fish was so small, he went in one of the jars that had been set up for awhile so the tank could cycle. As the year has gone on, he moved from the jar to the 2.5 gallon, then to the Evolve4, then to an Evolve8. He's not spoiled or anything. ::wink wink:::
Sherlock thinks he's a shark. He attacks the food when I feed him. As long as he's happy, we're happy.
It wasn't long before I got MTS (multiple tank syndrome). I freely admit I tend to obsess about things, and tanks were my new obsession. I'd discovered the shrimp board at TPT and fell in love with the little critters. I resolved to get some as soon as I was ready for them. I started reading everything I could and started making contacts in the (clears throat) shrimp world.
Having nano tanks, I went through several months of "is my tank cycled or not?" Finally, I was convinced they were, and I was ready. I ordered five blue velvet shrimp and five yellow shrimp from Soothing Shrimp. I tested my tanks again to make sure the parameters were right. The shrimp arrived in late August.
Yes, there's shrimp in there. Somewhere.
I drip acclimated them with one eye on a web page that showed how to do it with step by step photos. I was way out of my depth. All I'd ever done before was float fish in the tank.
Blue velvet shrimp!!
The yellow shrimp tank, complete with a TARDIS. Yes, we're all rabid Whovians in this house, and proud of it. The shrimp seem to like it, too.
The shrimp have thrived and I now obsess about shrimp. So much so that I'm contemplating giving up a lot of my aquatic plants to focus on mosses so I can have even more shrimp. I do still have some favorite fish... my favorites so far are my cory habrosus. They are adorable. I'd like to pair them up with some exclamation point fish, because what would be more perfect for a writer/editor than a fish that wears punctuation? But that will come at some point in the future when the white clouds and remaining guppy have gone to that big fish tank in the sky.
In early November, I received some rili shrimp from Soothing Shrimp... I adore them, too. So many different patterns and colors!
It's like a red-themed rainbow!
I'm already scheming where to put more tanks. It's a good thing my family enables me. But then, I do enable them to get their computers, video games, and anime characters. What can I get rid of to make room for more tanks?