Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lathrop, CA USA
Little update…. Since my last post I have started a second job at Petsmart. Yes I get discounts on my hobby….finally. As far as the OEBT’s, many of them have survived some toxic water levels due to me being lazy. I keep putting off water changes for about 3-4 weeks. At the same time I was pounding the water with fertilizers for the plants and the Gh levels reached 12-13. The shrimp where dying off about 1 a day. So in frustration, I contacted greensisgood here on the site. After explaining to her how stupid I was, she helped me come up with a fix. I had to start water changes on a daily basis of one gallon of tank water out and replacing it with one gallon of DI water by setting the bottle on top of the tank and poking a hole in the bottom corner and the lid to drip it in over the span of about an hour. During this process the shrimp deaths where slowing down as I dropped the Gh levels. This process went on for about a month (or it seemed like it). Finally we got the water parameters down to where they need to be. Although the females never stopped producing eggs, none of the eggs were able to develop.
I always check my tanks in the morning before I leave for work and behold, a very tiny baby shrimp caught my eye on the glass. I also saw another one on the substrate about 3-4 inches away from the on the glass. I felt like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I have learned my lesson about being lazy in this hobby. So when you are feeling a bit lazy and saying to yourself “oh I can do my Wc tomorrow” just remember that disaster comes quick. So I leave you with this…. Thank you greenisgood for all your advice and patients in my panic to fix what was my own doing, and always do your routine water changes.