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post #31 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Well, did a 75% water change and will pick up some Taiwan fire reds this afternoon. Will continue to monitor the parameters and see how it reacts. I'm also gonna put in 2 sponge filters so that should multiply the bio filtration ;-)

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Added 12 juveniles and some Moss and the 2 sponge filters...

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I got this tank also! What kind of plants are those? I don't know what kind of plants can grow under such a weak light
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They are all transplants from my high tech tank. Don't know the names, but the moss seems to be doing well. Anubis is getting a little torn up, but not sure if it is the stress of cycling or just not enough light. I agree that the light is a bit weak for a talk tank. Might add some more led if I can get some waterproof ones...

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You added shrimp too soon. With any luck, you might keep a few of them. Shrimp are not the same as fish. Given that you still had such high nitrites yesterday, you tank is barely cycled. Shrimp need bio film and a mature tank to live in. Most people don't add shrimp for about a month and a half. Just to make sure their tank become "mature," not just cycled. Experienced shrimp keepers will wait two months. Shrimp need mature tanks, not just tanks that are cycled.
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post #36 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 07:27 AM
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if you want to add LED's to the existing setup you could try some of these http://www.ecoxotic.com/ecopico-accessories.html but you'll have to buy the power supply also. Otherwise i'd say change the light out for something else, since you are doing just shrimp you won't need a lid to prevent fish jumping.

I'll agree you should wait a week or two after your nitrite and ammonia are at zero. Weekly water changes during cycling is a good thing (at least 20%).
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So, is it the biofilm that I'm waiting for, or the cycle to mature? I'm a little confused. If my ammonia is 0, then won't the bacteria die off since they have nothing to feed on? Or should I have kept feeding ammonia daily?

with the moss sitting there for ~1 month, won't there be some biofilm on the moss already? as well as the sponges? How soon will I tell that my shrimp are not doing well? they seem happy right now.

I'll do another water test tomorrow, and can do water changes to keep the water in check. I have some azoo shrimp food to feed them, but is that a replacement for biofilm? i'm not sure on this part...
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Quick water test this morning.

Ammonia and nitrites are at 0.
Nitrates are about 5ppm.
KH is 2
GH is 6
Tds is 300
Temp is 72F

.moss and plants are all from established tanks... Are my cherry shrimp still in jeopardy? They all seem to be munching on Moss..

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monitor still but those results are safe
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Cherry shrimp are tough as nails far as I can tell.

I cycled a tank over a month (with plants) and added 25 shrimp. I honestly couldn't tell you how many I have now, three months later but I'd be they are approaching 100+ easily by now. I toss a little food in once a week.

With established plants, and a small colony to start, especially if you are feeding? I'm sure you'll be fine, I've had not a single death in that tank. And I haven't even tested the water since the cycle finished. It seems other shrimp are much less hardy, but for me cherry shrimp have been basically carefree in a well planted, well filtered tank.
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I have some azoo grow and azoo breed.. How much of that stuff should I be feeding and how often? I also have a berried cherry in my other tank, is it OK to move it to this one where there are no predators?

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Today's water test is stable.

Ammonia and nitrites are both 0
Nitrates are 5ppm

Decided to move my berried RCS from my other tank into here so the babies won't have to hide from fish.. Here she is.. Hope the kids do well here.

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hey how are the plants doing now since you said the anubias was starting to have holes in them
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Anubis seems to be doing OK. I think it was mostly the ammonia I was adding for cycling that might have been affecting the plants.

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Added more led lights as it looked a little dim... Maybe should mount permanently with aquarium silicon?
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