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  1. Help! I really need to go to bed, but something is terribly wrong!Today I got an order of about 55 various colored neos from The Shrimp Factory (great shrimp, love them), and I put about 45-50 in my 5 gallon. Before I set the tank up, I'd stuck its filter pad in with my ten gallon's filter for a couple weeks, then I set up the tank (caribsea eco complete on bottom, pool filter sand cap, thrive caps in there too, I have a ton of plants coming in a couple days - the shrimp came early and the plants are late, so I wasn't able to get it planted first), added some pygmy cories and a chubby pond snail and waited another two weeks, and everything was going just fine. No ammonia, no nitrites, no problems. The shrimp arrived a few days early but they look great. I moved the snail and cories back to my 10g, then dosed the 5g tank with prime (just to be safe, I always do in newish tanks before adding their new permanent inhabitants). I added a few of the shrimp to my 2.5gallon, then put the rest in the 5 gallon. About two or three hours later I decided to test before I went to bed, nitrates were slightly high, but the ammonia was at 4ppm (not 0.4, nono, a full 4ppm)!!! I was floored! I quickly did a 50% water change, dosed more prime, added a second bigger filter with a spare (nice and dirty) filter pad I have on hand, and tested just minutes later. No ammonia. I unplugged the filter, waited five minutes, and the ammonia was 0.5ppm already!! I'm not exaggerating the timeframes, it's that fast. I removed any organic material in there that had dead algae or might possibly be decaying, but nothing is helping and I'm losing my mind. This is my third tank, and neither of my other two have ever had a spike this insane, especially not with shrimp. I'm scared something in the tank has maybe fried my bb... even in the dirty filter I just set up!?!? I don't know what else to do besides more water changes and prime (all night!). Astonishingly, everyone looks alive and well in there right now. the levels have been going up, but a bit slower, so I just did another 50% change and vacuumed the gravel to make sure there's no leftover food from the cories or anything. Ammonia went back down to 0, but 15 minutes later was back to 0.5 ppm.... I have no idea what to do... do I move half of them to another tank? There's nothing in my 5g yet except a stubby amazon sword, a few marimo balls, and a fake hollow pirate ship and fake hollow ox skull (got them both at my LFS).I haven't even fed them yet! I have to work tomorrow and I'm terrified I'm going to lose them, please help!
  2. Hiya Y'all! Dose any one have any info on Bio-Floc with ornamental shrimp? Quantities of Bio-Floc to use in nano tanks of less than 5 gallons? Has any one experienced deaths using Bio-Floc?
  3. I'm in the process of setting up a quarantine tank for some new shrimp I'm getting this week. I'm using the 12L to quarantine the new ones when they arrive in a couple of days. My plan was to use a mature spare filter that has been running in the 60L platy tank for months now. Also going to run it bare-bottomed as it will only be is use for 1-2 weeks at most (hopefully). Planning to put in some leaf litter from the main shrimp tank and a java fern as hiding places and biofilm source for food. also got some Bacter AE arriving tomorrow all being well. I set everything up yesterday altho I didn't put the filter in at that point because I didn't want the bacteria to die back. I used RO water remineralized with Salty Shrimp GH/KH+ and got the following results: GH 9, TDS 250 pH 7.8 temp 22C This morning I got up to a mildly cloudy tank - bacterial bloom sprang to mind as did the thought where did the bacteria come from with RO water? The tank however was not sterile so I guess they came from there. I decided to check the usual parameters and found the ammonia was 0.5 ppm which shocked me somewhat. I know that these are heterotrophic bacteria - are they the source of the ammonia as they die back or reproduce? My kneejerk reaction was to change all the water, but I managed to resist that and have since put the intended filter in there as it will have an ammonia source to keep it alive and working. Any thoughts on these facts? Could/should I be doing anything differently? I would be grateful for any suggestions.
  4. Imagine my horror when I looked in the shrimp tank this morning and saw a totally white shrimp. They nearly all are transparent to some degree normally so it stood out like a sore thumb. It wasn't mottled or anything just very opaque white. Checked my water parameters immediately and they are as follows: ammonia 0.25 ppm nitrite 0 ppm nitrate 10 ppm pH 7.8 temp 22.2C/72F TDS 285 I've tried to check how much free ammonia this is using an ammonia calculator and it says 0.007 ppm which doesn't sound so bad. However it does show that something has changed since I last checked the ammonia 2-3 weeks ago when it was 0. The filter was mature when I added these shrimp. I wasn't sure how to factor in the TDS since the calculator asks for the salinity in terms of conductivity, specific gravity or ppt. So I said 0 since I reckon it's trying to distinguish between fresh and saltwater. As you can see it was one of the larger shrimp that died, I have my fingers crossed that it was an old one. I am a bit concerned as the shrimp haven't been the same since I added the banana leaves and alder cones just over a week ago altho they are a bit more active now tho not as much as before the addition. The banana leaves and all but 2 alder cones were removed when the water went almost black with tannins and the shrimp looked stunned. I boiled the banana leaves for 5 mins as per the instructions on the packaging. Could that have released something toxic? I've only had these shrimp 3-4 weeks and the nitrate has only just begun to settle at around 10 ppm having usually needed water changes every 4-5 days to reduce it from 20-25 ppm. The last water change was a week ago. I'm planning to do a big water change today I have some Tetra Safe Start bacteria in a bottle. Would it be worth adding some in case the beneficial bacteria have somehow been knocked out or should I just do the W/C and see how things go? My knee jerk reaction was to add some, but now I'm wondering if it would be overkill. Sorry if this all sounds wussy. I may seem unnecessarily concerned over 1 dead shrimp, but I lost all but one shrimp from my first 2 batches of blue pearls within days due to gaps in my knowledge and I was just beginning to relax with these guys. <sigh!>
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