Duff0712 Posted October 6, 2015 Report Share Posted October 6, 2015 First off I am in no way making this journal to try and deter people from having shrimp tanks. They are awesome!!! I have just been battling keeping TBs and trying to get my shrimp to breed for quite awhile now and if any of what I've done can save someone from my mistakes then I'll be happy I was doing really well with breeding about a year ago and after I went to cull, everything just coasted downhill. Shrimp stopped breeding for the most part then I was getting a ton of deaths. My parameters swung like crazy and I had no idea why. I did few water changes and I am sure that played a big part of it, but my tank was a overgrown jungle and I never really had waste. After awhile my shrimp started to have babies again. However they wouldn't live long. I was told my GH might have been too high and regardless of what I would do the GH would always creep back up. Shrimp were dying a ton again so i eventually just redid my tank out of frustration. I use RODI and remin with salty shrimp GH+. I sadly can't remember what I had my TDS before but it is currently sitting at about 150. I think I went a little crazy with the new Bacter AE I have, but I plan on getting TDS back down to 120ish with a water change in the next couple days. I recently redid my two tanks, a 22g long and a 12g long. I may have a death every week or so now, but it is significantly lower than what I was dealing with. My shrimp are still young and not ready to breed and I'm just being impatient but I haven given up hope in terms of TB shrimp keeping. I am taking this as a lesson in keeping and as much as it has sucked I am definitely learning something the hard way. I am still having a bit of problems with my 12g long however and it seems like nothing I do fixes it. I think I am going to redo my 12g long again and just make it a neo tank. I will move my pandas and mischlings from the 12g into my 22g with my blue bolts. The 22 seems more stable so far. I'll update this as I try new things and redo my tanks. If anyone has any advice for me I wiuld appreciate it. I haven't given up yet and I really don't want to (I have a newly started saltwater that keeps me buy) but I am getting close. Some important things I've learned: - Regardless of what your waste Params read and how planted your tank is, always do your weekly/biweekly water changes -When things are going well make sure to test every single parameter you can, write it down, save it, remember it. -Duffy Soothing Shrimp and jumpsmasher 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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