Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oakland, California
Ghost shrimp eating plants
Finally registered to join the planted tank community. I've been struggling the past few weeks with my heavily planted 10 gallon and fighting a beginning algae bloom. Looking forward to gaining advice from everyone here going forward and having fun with this hobby.
So, back to the reason for the post. My ghost shrimp have been slightly problematic lately. Apparently they are eating pieces out of my leaves which have algae on them. Now I know that they don't necessarily eat plants and are scavengers, but I have visually seen them bring their mouths to my cryptocoryne and eat the tips of leaves. Plus I can see the green vegetation in their transparent stomachs. My cabombas are getting their attention now too. I'm worried because I have about 9 to 10 in a 10 gallon. Lately I've been trying to cut back feeding my betta and tetras because their is a lot of aquarium dust and debris. I think the shrimp are getting hungry and now going after my algae covered plants...
What would you do in this situation. I mean my plants aren't getting decimated but c shaped cuttings out of my crypt leaves isn't exactly appealing.
I've bought some nerites and otos to control the algae. Was worried at first because of co2 injection, sub 7 ph, and possibly low calcium with my soft tap water but I think eco complete might help increase hardness for happy nerites... Getting my gh and kh tests soon but today i found a pond snail that I released and has grown really large. I'm thinking if they can grow their shells, there must be calcium for the nerites or is that faulty logic?
Anyway, I appreciate the responses!