Before I added the Rili shrimp, the only things in my Aquarium were 6 Ghost Shrimp and 3 Otos. I'd read how Otos are fine with shrimp, but how some of the bigger ghost shrimp might harass other dwarf shrimp. Before I added the Rili I netted out all of the ghost shrimp that I could (4) and put them in jars.
Here's a shot of one before they were removed, peeking over the wood.
Well after I added the Rili, I noticed the ghost shrimp following them around. I saw 2 that I had missed. I didn't think much of it.
Sadly, Saturday I woke up to find a single dead Rili being eaten by a ghost shrimp. It was one of the smallest ones. I'm not sure if he died naturally or if the ghost shrimp killed it, but right then all the ghost shrimp had to leave. I stuck around for a while and netted out the last two. Now I have 6 in jars. I'd been growing some Water Hawthorn from my pond in little jars, and they work OK for short term shrimp housing so far. They might end up in my pond (as goldfish food) or be given to my mom for her tank.
Saturday I also saw this:
It looks like one of the rili had molted, which I believe is a good sign. Sunday I found a second one.
I also noticed on Saturday that the berried shrimp was swimming all over the tank. She was very active for some reason, and looked to be searching with a mission. A little later in the day she calmed down and was hanging out on the driftwood and I took two pictures of her:
Saturday I also did my first water change since adding the shrimp. I just used 2 5-gallon buckets, some tubing I picked up, and gravity and it wasn't too bad. If my tank were a few inches lower or bathroom sink a few inches higher it would be real easy, but as it is I had to hold the bucket up for a bit to get it to all flow out. I also need to get some clamps to hold the tubing in place. Several times I had water spouting all over the place for a few seconds!
Sunday morning I took a few more pictures of little guys feeding on the moss.
One of my biggest problems with my tank is the noise it makes. I have two Aquaclear 70 filters on the back, and they were noisy! I found a nice post here talking about how to lubricate them to make them silent, so on Sunday I went over to my mom's house to borrow some vaseline. While there, she had me help her with her tank for a bit. I haven't lived at home in 12 years now, so I hadn't really dealt with that tank in a while. She used a vacuum hose thing to clean the substrate, and it made everything a mess. She then dumped the dirty water, filled the bucket up with clean water from the tap, and added it back in! She said she rarely uses dechlorinator or anything. I then noticed she has an Aquaclear 30 filter. I was surprised because hers is so silent. I almost couldn't hear it running, and my two make a racket. Anyways, I watched her clean her filter. She took the filter medium out and rinsed it in straight tap water. I thought that was supposed to be bad. Then I watched as she took the filter sponge, and squirted dish soap all over it! She rinsed it for a minute in tap water too and then put the thing back in the tank. At this point there is crap floating everywhere, 10% tap water in the tank, and soap in the filter. I was feeling pretty good about myself (except that I was jealous her filter was so much quieter).
She said that's the way she's been doing it for 40 years, and if the fish want to die then they'll just die! I also think that's why her fish might not have a very long life expectancy.