Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Monterey Park, CA
RCS die after week or two
Like the title says, I keep having mystery deaths of RCS in my tank... It's a fully cycled JBJ pico tank ~3gal. It's heavily planted and the plants all seem to be doing fine.
I also have a bunch of blueberry shrimp (sp? unknown) babies swimming around that all seem to be fine and I don't think I've noticed any deaths from them.
I'm running an AC 70 on the tank with purigen and sponges/filter media.
I dose EI every other day with K2SO4, KH2PO4, half dose of KNO3 and CSM+B. I also have a 2L DIY CO2 set up with a cheap bamboo chopstick diffuser (my glass one requires too much pressure before it ever starts releasing CO2)
I'll make a list of the parameters
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 20 ppm
TDS before ferts, right after a water change: 253
TDS after ferts: 293
I know the pH is a little low but I'm hoping to eventually get RCS and CRS in the tank together. If I need to raise the pH for the RCS then I can always just only have neo's in there.
If anyone has any idea what's going on please let me know, I feel bad for my cherries...