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Thanks man! You can say that again -- hopefully I can get them all out tomorrow so I can get some cleaner pics for the IAPLC!

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Good news and bad news.

Bad news: last night I found that one of the CPD's was dead. I suspect a CO2 incident from a few days ago, it was pretty nasty.

Good news: yesterday also marks the first berried PFR in the tank, and man, is this a huge PFR. And full of eggs.

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looking good.
i like the erio there. its very subtle but it really makes the tank as a whole look nicer.

get the cut foliage out in a WC. pull off the vac hose attachment (the wide hard plastic bit), and the just use the tube. bring it to the surface and make a vortex. thatll suck out any of your surface debris, and any surface film too.
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looking good.
i like the erio there. its very subtle but it really makes the tank as a whole look nicer.

get the cut foliage out in a WC. pull off the vac hose attachment (the wide hard plastic bit), and the just use the tube. bring it to the surface and make a vortex. thatll suck out any of your surface debris, and any surface film too.
Thanks Marco! Yes, I got a chance to take a look at the roots from the back of the tank yesterday -- it's pretty well rooted, no surprise based on its growth rate.

Yeah, I should do that next time. By now I have taken it all out by hand and it looks like nothing ever even happened.

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Good news and bad news.

Bad news: last night I found that one of the CPD's was dead. I suspect a CO2 incident from a few days ago, it was pretty nasty.

Good news: yesterday also marks the first berried PFR in the tank, and man, is this a huge PFR. And full of eggs.
Ah bummer, I find myself really close to losing fish with my co2 setup. Its those darn cheap paintball regs lol. Im suprised your CPD died before your shrimp. Usually my shrimp croak first, and then my puffer is on the verge of dying. From my experiences my CPDs have been the most tolerant of Co2
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And found another just now under the tank on the carpet. At least I have an odd number again now #glasshalffull

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I think my CRS are a super-strain considering all the bottleneck effects/natural selection/die-offs I have had in this population in the past year or so, lol.

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genetic bottlenecks decrease a populations resilience, not increase it. but you didnt have a genetic bottleneck, unless the majority of your shrimp died randomly (say you netted out 10 shrimp to ship, but then your roommate drunkenly poured jack into your tank, all the other shrimp died, and your kept the shrimp you were gonna ship). if the majority died due to a CO2 overdose, then the survivors werent random; they were selected for by having the highest resistance to CO2 poisoning. you had strong directional selection.

but i got your point.

personally, i believe shrimp as a whole are more CO2 tolerant than fish. when my kH skyrocketed (still unsure why) in a tank with the CO2 controlled by a pH controller, a massive amount of CO2 was dumped in the tank killing 20+ CPDs, 1 SAE, and 4 otos. but i still had all the RCS that were in there. the issue is that high grade shrimp are inbred to an extreme, and that makes them weak and sickly by nature.
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Okay, I see. Point being, by eliminating the weaker ones my colony is made up of only the best at this point

I replaced the two CPD's with two baby ones I've had for a while now. One of them was sucked up by the filter. My tank does not like CPD's...

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if your filter is sucking up fish, its definitely devouring your shrimplets. have you considered a stainless steel mesh strainer for the intake?
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I had the same problem with my chili rasboras, I had to turn down the filter power.
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The holes are pretty small and the shrimp all congregate inside he D. diandra. I never see the shrimp on the right side by the filter. The fish all hang out right but that though, so no surprise that the baby got sucked up.

I saw some new, fresh, tiiiiiny babies. Well, one of them at least. Hopefully they'll hide in the D. diandra bush and at least five will survive...

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I love this tank. Someday I will try my hand at HC.
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I love this tank. Someday I will try my hand at HC.
Thanks! It grows like a weed once it gets going.

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