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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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has anyone needed to clean a shrimp tank?

well it seems as when i touch the sand in my shrimp tank it has alot of waste under it... has any one needed to clean their shrimp floor? or they just leave it the way that it is?? should i vac the sand? or should it be ok to just keep it like that....?



i do a 20-50% water change weekly anyways so i'm not sure if all the waste matter's
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General opinion here is to not try to stir up the waste on the substrate because it can make the ammonia level rise to cause problems.

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WC is personal preference, I do very minimum. When I do change the water, I "sweep" the bottom but not actually touching the substrate, so the dirty stuff comes up in the water column. I then siphon those dirty stuff out. I only do a small area each time so yeah, I get tons of those dirty stuff in my substrate. No issue so far though.
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Hell I just gravek vac'ed the heck out of my OEBT tank and NEO yellow tank. To much mulb build up..... I gravel vac'ed the area with a 1" hose ran to a 5 gal bucket. did this 2 times then replaced with my standard remineralized water with a little extra Prime. Worked good also did a large rescape while I was at it. Lost one shrimp I could find. I probably vac 50 babies up. But I had already come to the conculsion that was a give and a acceptable loss to clean the tank. Things happen and you have to be ok with losing shrimp and babies some times

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totally know what you mean by baby lost... lol i have alot of plants inside the tank to take care of most of the problems but just wondering if anyone though it was a must... i vac the top but not really into the sand also but i get this brownish algae growth on the glass under the substrate... what can it be?
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Kosher salt is what people I know in the betta community use. I've used it with many betta with no problems.
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How are your shrimp doing? I let my tank go on its own for a while (heavily planted and filtered). My shrimp stopped breeding. I basically gutted the tank, did a rescape, cleaned the filter, and changed the water and vacuumed. One week later and I've got 6+ berried.

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shrimps are doing fine... some saddle just waiting on a berried some time in a month or 2... and salt on shrimps? thats asking for trouble lol... of course bettas are ok as i used to breed them also... but stopped and moved onto shrimps... betta's are really hardy fish but thats for another day this thread is about shrimps...
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I lost one to the stress and ammonia spike, but I hammer the tank. I even added a extra layer of substrate to it while I was at it. Mine was FSS so I just dumped more in and watchthem scatter

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My wife did a major clean on mine while I was gone for the weekend. I can't bear to touch my shrimp tank except for the occasional water change. I don't want to cause a major die off. She didn't kill many though. Just a few casualties she said. My next step is black sand over the gravel so I can spot them easier.
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I have never cleaned my shrimp tank in over a year. Exceptions include water changes and trimming plants ... if you disturb the substrate it spikes ammonia and boom deaths regardless what you do.
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I have never cleaned my shrimp tank in over a year. Exceptions include water changes and trimming plants ... if you disturb the substrate it spikes ammonia and boom deaths regardless what you do.

dam its like a death trap just waiting to happen then >.< but doesnt having plants help at all?



but so whats this brownish color thing on my glass under the sand? its on the glass, has any one had this before and know what it might be?
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shrimps are doing fine... some saddle just waiting on a berried some time in a month or 2... and salt on shrimps? thats asking for trouble lol... of course bettas are ok as i used to breed them also... but stopped and moved onto shrimps... betta's are really hardy fish but thats for another day this thread is about shrimps...
I don't know why salt got brought up in this thread in the first place but wanted to state have you ever heard of salt dips for shrimp? They can handle salinity quite well.
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My wife did a major clean on mine while I was gone for the weekend. I can't bear to touch my shrimp tank except for the occasional water change. I don't want to cause a major die off. She didn't kill many though. Just a few casualties she said. My next step is black sand over the gravel so I can spot them easier.
I just added 5lbs of Tahitian Moon sand into my 10 gallon shrimp tank. It looks amazing. Once the Bacopa, java moss, and Fissidins fill in its going to look killer

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ok i also been having this issue about this algae for a while its like every time i do a planted tank with lights... here are some photos i hope some one can help id this and how to fix the issue also...

it seems to start out on the glass in front and under the sand them starts to move up on the glass... check out the photos

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