Before the overhaul
Ordered another bag of shrimpsand to try to redo a slope and replenish some of the substrate I dumped out. Pulled all my dhg!
Replaced with Monte Carlo.
I'll update again once it starts to fill in
Counted about 50 baby shrimp today.
I've noticed my berried females tend to like darker areas. So I put in more cholla as well as some experimental acrylic box shelters that my friend made for me.
I also borrowed his par meter.
That's from the substrate, center of tank. Highest point.
Light drops off at the sides and front/back of the tank.
Should still be plenty of light to grow anything! But also pretty much explains why my Amano and berried shrimp are always dashing under the shadows of plants/rocks when the lights are on.
I had the lights down to 3 hours since starting the tank as it had very minimal plants. Now that things are growing I brought it up to about 5 hours of full light and 2 hours 1 before 1 after with just the planted+.
Turned up my co2 a little bit also.
Let's see if it causes an algae outbreak?