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post #16 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 05:33 PM
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That has got to be the most random thing I've seen all day - a bunch of cherry shrimp appear and then they ALL disappear. Did you add them just for the pictures? because amazonia doesn't come in cycled lol.

Also why guppies for an aquasoil tank?? they are alkaline fish...
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post #17 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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So is the tank cycled? New Amazonia leech amonia for 3-4 weeks.
This tank has been running for 8 weeks now and it is still not completely cycled. Last week over the course of 5 days and a waterchange I lost all my RCS to an overnight ammonia surge.

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Do you think 7.5w is enough for a 6 gallon tank?

I had a 15w heater on a 3 gallon tank and it had trouble warming the tank in the winter when the room temp was in the low 60's.
My room temp is at 70, so the heater is keeping the tank at a cool 73.

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post #18 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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That has got to be the most random thing I've seen all day - a bunch of cherry shrimp appear and then they ALL disappear. Did you add them just for the pictures? because amazonia doesn't come in cycled lol.

Also why guppies for an aquasoil tank?? they are alkaline fish...
Yeah, I thought the tank cycled and over the course of a week, I introduced groups of RCS and overnight from great water quality to bad ammonia levels and all my cherry shrimp were lost.

The guppies were 80 cents, so I'll ket them cycle the tank til it's ready for CRS.

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post #19 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 08:01 PM
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ouch, didn't expect that all of those shrimp pictured died like that x_x
amazonia releases ammonia on its own, you didn't need fish to cycle it. especially fish that normally hate acid water.
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I wasn't pleased when I woke up to go to work and they were all passed. But better RCS than CRS. Here in Alaska RCS are $4.50 each vs. $15 each for low grade CRS. I'll move the guppies back into the 40B where the water perms are more basic.

For water changes I take a 3 gallon bucket and dose with prime and let it sit for 3 - 4 hours, then slowly do a water change.
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post #21 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 10:20 PM
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Sorry to hear about your shrimp. Here in Juneau we only get two kinds of shrimp. Bamboo and Ghost. Alaska sure gets the short end of the stick.

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Sorry to hear about your shrimp. Here in Juneau we only get two kinds of shrimp. Bamboo and Ghost. Alaska sure gets the short end of the stick.
Thanks. We sure do, I don't know about Juneau but the LFS here in Anchorage tries their best to sell the more sought after spiecies. But some times their prices are too high.
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I like the rock better IMO. I can see it after the plants grow out a bit. I can't wait to see it in a few months with the rcs and the plants filled out.

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don't waste your money on star moss. its not a true aquatic moss. it will barely grow and then it will die after a long time.

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do waste your money on star moss. its not a true aquatic moss. it will barely grow and then it will die after a long time.
Thanks, don't want that.

My water test are

Ammonia 0
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
PH 6
KH 1
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maybe get your plants going for a few months and then add shrimp? or start with neos? i forget if you wanted to keep more than CRS...
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maybe get your plants going for a few months and then add shrimp? or start with neos? i forget if you wanted to keep more than CRS...
That was the plan, it's too cold to ship to alaska right now.
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I'm just curious, when you test the water with the 5ml test tubes. Do you look down through the tube or just eye it from the side?
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post #30 of 68 (permalink) Old 12-14-2012, 04:55 PM
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you look at it from the side, unless its more sensitive stuff like GH and KH tests. i find that with my KH test, I have to look down to see any color because when the KH is 0, the test water looks clearish so its hard to tell any color change apart from clear water. if you look down it actually looks orangey - meaning that it took even less than one drop to change from blue to orange as indicated by the KH test.
I only found this problem apparent with KH tests. others are simple enough to tell from the side of the tube. always be looking at it from the side against a white background (the color chart card).
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