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  1. a full grown adult pond snail is like the size of an apple seed. that's not what you have. INFO:they want to store up fat before laying eggs. not over feeding,they may breed less,but pond snails are still a problem. not a snail expert....they look like mystery snails to me.
  2. we learn on the way. i did the petri dish when i started.
  3. if they move in a jittery fashion,yes. they're harmless. get a plain razor blade,at least scrape off the algae on the front,so you can see them better. you can leave the scrapings in the tank.they will go to town on them.
  4. breeders mostly go with standard 10's for space,easy to fit on a rack. if space is not an issue,they may go with 20 long,two of them has more bottom space then one 40 breeder. for a personal tank,go with at least 5g to what ever size you want. though i would go with at least 10g,easier to maintain then a 5g.
  5. people have said when they kept neo's in gh 6 or below they just die away. gh,7-9,shot for 8. kh is also low. 3 or above makes ph stable. TDS is also high. when done switching over...gh 8 kh 4 TDS around 200. i don't know if i'm right,but my understanding is different algae live in different phosphate levels. bad algae live in lower phosphate levels,under 5 ppm. under 1.0 or 0.5,no algae can live.
  6. is it size or gender? if the faucet is a male you need to get a female adapter. http://www.ebay.com/itm/181020963706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT that's the one i bought for my bathroom sink. you can switch from ro unit to sink by a lever.
  7. your nitrates went up. that bacteria may have consumed some ammonia and consumed nitrite as it was produced. that's not what you want. bacteria in a bottle is not for doing a fishless cycle. Bio Spira is for saltwater.
  8. you don't want it close to 4 ppm. not many bacteria grow when that high. 2-3 ppm for a fish tank and/or using a regular filter. up to 1 ppm is fine for a shrimp tank. looks like 1 ppm,that's what you want. is that blue or a hint of purple? within a week ammonia should drop down and nitrites up.
  9. how much will it cost you if they keep dying because of something in the water or you can't maintain the proper GH? http://www.ebay.com/itm/110691608751?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT $64. you can also buy RO water in the water isle. you shouldn't use a substrate like that for neos. that's for shrimps that want a lower ph. if you want to plant,there are other soils that wont affect the ph.
  10. you get SS GH/KH+. mix to get 8 gh. you will get 4 kh. tank will be around 200 TDS. nothing else to add.
  11. i wouldn't use bacteria in a bottle on a "fishless cycle". if the bacteria works,you have to keep adding ammonia. you want natural bacteria to grow. 3+ ppm very little bacteria will grow or survive. you don't need much ammonia for a shrimp tank. ammonia bacteria is fast growing. when nitrite drops down,then you can add more ammonia to keep the cycle going. i'm in the first week of a cycle. day 2 i had nitrite .(i used RO water)
  12. do 50%. test in a few hours. if it's 1-2 ppm,that's fine. if you can,turn up the heat to low 80's. test for nitrites in 2 days.
  13. do a water change,drop it to 1 pmm. 4 ppm is bad for the bacteria.
  14. no. it may have just gone bad. i haven't tried the pads,well i'm not a fan of hard foods. i do feed cherry shrimp Shrimp Dinner granules as a "every day food" and they eat it.
  15. blue velvet don't breed true,but a blue coming from a red.... do you have a tank of blue shrimp? you order plants or something that is shipped wet? if kept moist,it's possible a hitchhiker shrimp could survive.