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BigJake last won the day on June 29

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    Crystal Red, Shadow Panda, Wine Red, PFR, Yellow Neos, more coming soon...

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  1. BigJake

    Tank Smell

    Problem solved. Removed everything from the tank and smelled it. There was an algae in the corners of 2 of the tanks that once I scraped a little it became obvious. Smells much better now.
  2. BigJake

    Tank Smell

    I currently have 3 40B's for shrimp. One has red Eco Complete (smells fine), one has Brightwell (stanky) and the last has Black Diamond (stanky). I usually do my water changes when my nitrates rise, which is rare due to my floaters, or when my TDS raises 5 points. Usually 10% every 2-3 weeks. All my non-shrimp tanks smell fine.
  3. BigJake

    Tank Smell

    I've always had a very healthy smell to my tanks. Be it shrimp or fish. Generally described as an "earthy" or "rain" smell. My tanks have recently taken on a very strong earthy smell. It's not an offensive odor, just very strong. I walked into the house tonight and instantly smelled it. After working in my tanks my hands also smell strongly of it. Anyone ever had this before?
  4. BigJake

    The Tank of Death

    Well, I tried saving the tank with some beneficial bacteria additives but no success. Lost the last three today. I'm going to tear the tank down this weekend and reset it. Is there any way to save my moss and anubias or should I just throw it out? Maybe a dip in potassium permanganate to kill any bacteria that may be on it?
  5. BigJake

    The Tank of Death

    And so it continues... I guess it's time to start over. I'll have to do an insta-cycle on one of my spare 10-gallons tonight for the remaining shrimp. My wife loves it when I set up tanks on the kitchen counter.
  6. BigJake

    The Tank of Death

    After the second failure I threw everything out that I was using for the tank. Leaves and foods. I didn't toss the remineralizer or Bacter AE. I did switch to Magic Powder though with the third batch just in case. The water I'm using is my own RO. Tests 4-6 ppm out of the tank. Also, just to clarify. I am putting food in the tank. They just never touch it. I've tried everything from Shrimp King to SL Aqua to Shrimp Nature to ... They'll eat a mulberry leaf. Just not much. They also show no interest in IAL, oak leaves or guava leaves. Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
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    The Tank of Death

    I had 4 nerites in the tank for the three months. Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
  8. BigJake

    The Tank of Death

    I'm about at my whit's end with a tank that I can't get anything to live in. Setup is as follows: 20 Gallons 2 ATI #2 sponge filters Eco Complete black substrate Mopani wood Cholla wood Peacock moss Riccia Fluitans Anubias Dragon stone TDS 257 GH 9-10 KH 4-5 Temp 69-72F Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5-10 RO water remineralized with Salty Shrimp GH/KH The story: I originally started this tank late last year. I can blame my failed start on insufficient knowledge and some questionable shrimp. Original setup was the same with an AquaClear 30, spider wood instead of Mopani and Cholla. I cycled the tank in about 3 weeks and started with 20 orange rili shrimp. The were beautiful and active. However, I didn't know about necrosis at the time or I would have taken it up with the seller. They clear rili part of the shrimp was very white. They were all dead within a couple of days. Not knowing what was left in the tank (and a bit of frustration) I reset it with bleach. Got rid of anything that could carry anything in the tank. The only thing remaining from the original tank was the Eco Complete, a piece of dragon stone and the tank. I let the tank cycle for about 3 months after all the bleach was cleared. Lots of bio-film and everything seemed to be doing well. Ordered 20 yellow neos. Looked great for a couple weeks. Had a berried female. Then everything started slowing down. The shrimp started acting lethargic. Started looking milky. Started dying. All gone a couple weeks later. I drained the tank again, refilled. Let it go through a mini-cycle. Watched all parameters and ordered more shrimp a month later. 10 more yellow neos. Again, looked great for a couple weeks. Berried females. Now here we are a couple weeks later and they are dying. Maintenance: I usually let my parameters guide my water changes (Nitrate or TDS). Usually about 3 weeks between. 15% change. Lights are on from 9am to 4pm. Weekly dripped RO water for top-offs. Feeding: The shrimp in this tank have never shown interest in food. Seem to prefer bio-film before they get sick. I do provide a mulberry leaf. Not sure what else I missed. I'm looking for any kind of guidance. And to brighten things up... my PFRs munching on a squash bloom (who don't live in the tank of death):
  9. BigJake


    Is the BLACK Tiger OE in the hobby any longer? I've seen older pictures of specimens but I've not seen them listed for sell nor have I seen recent pictures. Did the OEBT and OERBT just dominate the market?
  10. BigJake

    WTB Orange Eye Royal Blue Tigers

    The man here for those is @wyzazz. He has a waiting list (I'm on it). I would contact him to get put in line.
  11. I'm not to the point of doing any crossbreeding projects but want to in the future. I've not been able to find a topic on selecting the sex to crossbreed. Say I want to make a TiBee, is it best practice to use a female TB and male Tiger or vice-versa or does it matter? Then if I want to make a TaiTiBee?
  12. BigJake

    The Journals of ThegardenofEder

    Grant, your work is awesome inspiration for us newbs! Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
  13. BigJake

    Lost the whole tank...

    I almost thought the same thing but I didn't see any excessive food in the tank. It would explain the way the water looked though. Tank is coming along nicely though. Already showing ammonia and nitrite in the re-cycle so it shouldn't take long.
  14. BigJake

    Lost the whole tank...

    It's a 20 long. Buce, some starts of flame moss and frogbit. Mopani, cinnamon bark and cholla wood. Wasn't overstocked, just around 50 shrimp. On another note, it looks like almost every female in my PFR tanks is berried! Should get swingin' in there soon. @wyzazz I'll be hitting you up for some more CRS when the parameters are back where they should be (if you trust me with them).
  15. BigJake

    Lost the whole tank...

    Came back from business trip after being gone for a couple days. I'm guessing my toddler unplugged the air pump. He loves to look at the tanks. Came back to pea soup. Shadow pandas, red wines and CRS. Just had my first berried bee shrimp! Guess I'll stop and pick up a locking door knob tomorrow. You win some, you lose some.