Well 2 of the berried cherries had their babies so there's a bunch of em running around the tank now ^^
I had about 4 deaths tho over the last week, despite all parameters being in check.
So after everything, I decided to follow Nikki's experience and got some BioChem-zorb and threw that in the zoomed 501 CF.
it's been a few days now and there hasn't been any more deaths and all of the shrimp seem more active and happy now so I'm assuming it cleared up whatever the problem was.
Now I just have to restock on crystal red's, I'm down to 3 left out of the original 13 I received because of the root tabs and some type of heavy metal or whatever it was that was in here *tear*
thank god it's cleared up now and things should be fine from here on out. I'll definitely be continuing to use this BioChem-zorb in the future, that's for sure!
And here's to hoping there's 2 females and 1 male out of the 3 I have left! if anyone has some A/S grade CRS/CBS I'm on the lookout for some!