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post #61 of 145 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Now there are a whole bunch of hydras in this tank .___.
so Fenbendazole it is.

will probably dose after i get the new shrimp in here, but will dose before anything breeds because i dont want babies getting born into a hydra environment.
there are a lot of green hydras o_o
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post #62 of 145 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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placed my Taiwan moss for sale in the S&S
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post #63 of 145 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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moss sold.

And the crystal shrimp are in. 5 of them. nice red crystal shrimp. hopefully they'll thrive.
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post #64 of 145 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 07:51 PM
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I think you shoud have done Tangerine Tigers, but then again I just really hate Crystals :/

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tangerine tigers dont look as nice as red crystal shrimp. why do you hate them lol?

pics soon. getting fissidens for this tank. once thats in, i will post up an update pic.
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the fissidens is in! shrimp approved. they wanted to clean it as soon as it hit the water:


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I added an almond leaf, moved the cuttlefish bone to the back where it cant be seen. the moss is behind the blyxa. I need to clear off the prefilter from all the duckweed soon
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post #67 of 145 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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power was out for 24 hours yesterday because of the hurricane. shrimp were very angry. low oxygen environment because of no circulation, and a bit lower temperature (went down to 69F) than normal. I hope my filter isnt messed up afte one day of not working. i did turkey baste it with water a few times yesterday to keep it moist...hopefully i wont get any cycling again, otherwise my shrimp are doomed x_x


Also i am beginning to suspect that i dont have any chocolate shrimp males in the tank. all my females are saddled and have remained so for the past few weeks (or has it been a month already). maybe i need to buy males now :[
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post #68 of 145 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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yes definitely need some males now >_<

i tested the tank today and this is what i found:

pH:6.5
Temperature: 73F
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate 10ppm (hey it went down!)
KH: 0dKH
GH: 5dGH (also went down D: )
TDS: 228ppm

All shrimp are still alive and well. though now the GH is suboptimal. i want to increase it w/o increasing the TDS too much but i guess its not possible. I'll have to dose a bit more of Mosura mineral+. unless i'm mistaken that should raise my GH.
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topped off with some tap water and my GH is back up to 6dGH. TDS is around 240ppm
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post #70 of 145 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 05:44 PM
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Looks excellent and so tranquil!
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post #71 of 145 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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haha, i hope the mono-blyxa scape isn't too boring :P
I could eventually rename this tank "blyxa Island" when my plants grow out more, and especially if i find a blyxa aubertii plant to add to the scape.
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post #72 of 145 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so i removed my chemi-pure bag from my HOB filter (in case it will interfere with the medication) and i dosed my tank with 0.20 grams of fenbendazole.
hopefully after another dose tomorrow, this tank will be totally hydra and planaria free.

Greatest concern right now is losing my shrimp because of the medicine, but that shouldn't happen as far as i know...
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the fendbendazole did not work very well...i still see hydra (these are showing signs of weakness), and i still see planaria.
I'll try a slightly larger dose tonight and see if that does it.
All shrimp are still ok.
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lookin good... fissidens is so cool
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post #75 of 145 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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glad you like it.

Unfortunately, even after a second dose of fenbendazole, the hydras and planaria are still around. the hydras are closed but still hanging on and the planaria are just crawling around as usual. i only see a couple but that still means that it didnt work entirely.

I dont want to keep dosing at this point, so i'll replace my chemi pure into the HOB tonight and call it a day. my substrate is already speckled white with the powder lol. (I did crush it)
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