As of 7/21/2014, I started to see a tiny bit of Hair Algae on my dwarf baby tears. It could be due to a chemical imbalance, since my tank is still going through the nitrogen cycle (should be finished soon), but in light of the hair algae, I decided to increase my Co2 a bit to help with the algae.
Also, I cut back my lighting from 10 hours to 8 hours. I feel maybe having a Kessil 150 WE Amazon Sun over a 30 gallon might be a tad too much, and 10 hours was too long.
So... I went to San Diego for my brother in law's Bachelor party, and came home today (4 days later) to see my tank temperature reading at 88.9 degrees. It seems that a genius in my house, thought it would be smart to close all my windows and my door (basically trapping heat in my room) causing my tank temp to raise.
Lucky for me, all my Otos and neon tetras are ok. I lost a couple Amano shrimps, but still havent seen their bodies yet.
Worst part is, my Baby tears are looking like crap now. I assume the reason they look browned / yellowed out, is a cause of the high temp? Or could it be due to lack of nutrients?
your baby tears will bounce back. i would expect those red shirmp to breed, I had several in an aqueon evolve 8 tank and they bred like crazy.
I am still a little worried about Co2 injection, currently around 30 ppm. They seem to be doing fine, but who knows.
PH before lights: 7.7
PH after lights / co2 turns on: 6.6
Overall, things are looking good. I think I was running low on algae in the tank, so I ended up putting in a piece of zucchini in there for everyone.
Been reading a lot about Ken's premium foods, and decided to pull the trigger on a 1/2 lbs bag of veggie sticks laced with calcium. This should give my Fire red shrimps some color / calcium for their shells.