Finished setting up the aquarium on the 12th of Jan of 2013. I've added 6 Red cherry and 2 Otos. Its a 63 liter tank that I've build. It's the first tank I've built and my first shrimp breeding tank.
- Light Duration: (9AM-9PM; 12hrs). Aquatrade Green Element 16x 3W @ 6500K.
- Increased Temp. from 24C (75F) to 26C (78.8F). Fluval E 100W
- Connect Seneye Reef to Shrimp Tank
When preparing the slide I soaked wrong side up and according to seneye support that it will give me an inaccurate PH reading for a few hours to a day then it will correct itself.
Parameter ranges placed:
Placed a pic of mobile and desktop interface of my tank.
- PH: 6.5-7.5
- Temp: 24-25C
- Ammonia (NH3): 0.001ppm
- Poured some Mineral powder "Mironekuton" meant to condition aquarium parameters to appropriate value for shrimp. Only poured half dosage since Fluval Stratum is meant also to condition the aquarium parameters.
- Increased Temp to 27C, reason was when the temp was set 26C Fluval heater only dispalyed 24.5-25C and Seneye displayed 24.3C.
- Poured 3 more spoons of Mineral powder (Making the correct amount of dosage.)
- Replace 25% of water.
- Connected an air intake to sponge filter.
- One spoon of Mineral powder increased PH from 6.70 to 7.40. (Strangely yesturday I poured 3 spoons and the ph only increased from 6.4 to 6.56.)
This sudden increase could be a reaction from the air bubles to the mineral powder. More powder is sinking than before.
- Removed one of the Otos. (Seems about to die)
Red Cherry Shrimp Breeding.
Question 1: Should I add Bamboo shrimp? Will they interbreed?
1. Bamboo shrimp are filter feeders and need a pretty swift current to properly feed, and they won't interbreed, 'cause they're different species :]
Question 2: Should I add an air stone?
The only source of air is the Dwarf Hair Grass?
I personally won't worry about the bubbles, I don't think you have enough cherries to worry about it.
- With the Seneye Reef it shows there is enough dissolved oxygen.
Should I use liquid fertilizer if only using excel?
I would add the ferts with how high your lights are, but hopefully someone else will chime in soon!
As far as carbon, excel I've used with shrimp tanks and not had any major noticible problems however I dose much lower than recommended dosage.
Proper Light duration, 12 hrs or 9 hrs?
As far as light and algae, I think you will wanna lower the time on with that kind of lighting if you take your ph up, as you'll likely start algae production with higher ph, if you havent already.
Question 5: What is the optimal breeding temp. for Red Cherry Shrimp?
Some sites said 25-27C (77-80.6F), some sites said 21-24C (69.8-75F) and one site said Ideal Temp is 24C (75C).
For cherry reds you don't need to get too specific as far as hitting exact numbers, it's more about keeping consistent numbers as with most freshwater tanks. They will thrive and breed in a number of conditions, it's fluctuation that will cause problems. Your temp will be good from the 78-82 range, but again keep it consistent. Also that ph range you showed on the first post, if its going back and forth that's a problem. Again go for stability, but for RCS I would try to keep it up closer to 7.0 -7.2 (this works for me), but your a little low at 6.4.
Question 6: Added an air intake to my sponge filter, due to one of the otos looking like its about to die. Did a few things Updates 6-9. Relocated dying oto to another planted tank. The some of the shrimps (used to be 2 now just one) started going against the strong current, where its basically carrying them to the glass wall and frequently it keeps going up to the surface then back down. Should I worry?
The intake only increase the oxygen levels by 0.2. Been a few weeks and shrimps are okay.
Question 7: From the pics below can anyone recognize a male CRS?
Because a majority of people that saw previous pics I took said they're all female, but with time will make the features more apparent.
Majority are female but there are male RCS.
This one looks male to me. Dunno about the guys swimming against the flow.
Duration between mating?
Read that a RCS mates every 6 months, so when should start worrying about my RCS not reproducing?
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