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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 07:11 PM
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2013, 06:16 AM
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Otos are constant foragers and their bellies should be nice and fat at all times :P Some otos will eat wafers while others will just ignore them. I think you'll need to experiment and figure out what your oto likes but it wouldn't hurt to grab some. Your fish will eat them as well!

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The water parameters that my kit tested for were safe, and 6 days had passed so I just followed what I read others online had done. I was also a little eager to at least get the oto as the algae was spreading. The Nutrafin came with the tank, and even questioning the product, I assumed that the plants would have definitely introduced some bacteria? I'm quite new to this so I would appreciate if you could elaborate what I should have done?

I read several times online that otos don't actually eat algae wafers but that seemed to be quite a debate. I've added some lightly blanched lettuce in with a plant weight, other than that I'm torn what to do based on the opposing opinions I've read. It seemed people on both sides had success.

Other than the oto and shrimp, would it be a good idea to eventually get other small fish? Tetra wouldn't work because I've read I need a minimum of 6, and my tank is too small for 6. I was reading that white clouds could be a compatible addition, anything else?
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I was worried that I hadn't seen all of the shrimp at once since the day I introduced them, so I removed the driftwood in attempt to find them. One amano and one diamond shrimp were both gone - I searched thoroughly and have no idea what could have become of them. In addition, the larger remaining amano shrimp has a whitish tail, could this be a parasite? This one had just molted overnight, so is this colour difference normal? I have attached a photo, sorry its not great but I don't have anything better than my phone to take a picture with at the moment.

I went to a couple of LFSs and I can't find any Least Killifish. I did however find some dwarf ricefish which I am considering adding in a few weeks. Anyone have experience with these in a tank with shrimp? Also, can celestial danios be kept in a tank with 6.6 pH?
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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To those who said I didn't wait for my tank to fully cycle... you were 100% correct. I had a short-lived small ammonia spike (up to 0.5 ppm, now almost 0), and now I've been having a nasty nitrite spike over the last few days (it looks between 1, 2 and 5 ppm on the colour chart but I really can't tell, I have a small colour impairment when it comes to purple). I have been doing 20% water changes every second day since I noticed the problem and after work today I plan to get some API Stress Zyme. I'm worried about the oto and the shrimp but I don't have another tank or a friend to take them until cycling is complete.

An update on the amano with the white tail, it went away after a few days.

Also, most of my hygrophila died. I'm not sure if its because of the uncycled tank, lighting, CO2, etc. I've been dosing 3-4 drops Excel every second day, and the anubias seems to be thriving. Ceratopteris and java fern don't look any different then when I bought them.

Would anyone recommend I get the Fluval shrimp mineral supplement, or is it just a scam?
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I second those who say to upgrade the light. I tried growing plants with the original light and only low-light plants directly beneath the light would grow.. slowly. I added a AC20 and an Exoxotic Ecopico light and my tank has been thriving ever since.

IME the original filter/light combo is ok for a simple tank but to get good plant growth and filtration, you need to upgrade that stuff. This is what my tank looks like now (it's also got an HOB refugium these days)
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Yeah I didn't think it was cycled. But kudos for testing.

Keep doing changes.

I will say tho, mineral supplements are definitely valuable.

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