Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Burlington, Washington
I am thinking that it was a ammonia spike that caused the deaths, because I did disturb the substrate a couple of days ago I tried to remove most of the regular aquarium gravel that was mixed in with the substrate. The tank is a 5 or so gallon critter keeper, with a combination of eco complete and fluorite. one and a half sponge filters only because I can not find a hob filter small enough for the size of the tank, temp is usually around 76/78, lighting is a 6500K CFL bulb on for 8/9 hours daily. I also add some cyperus helferi, red root floaters, a couple stems of rotala and myrio, and a piece of aged driftwood that came from my other ten that has baby plecos in it. The next day water tested at Ammonia=1.0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=10, PH=6.0 I usually do not test KH/GH as it is too difficult to read the results, I did do a 10% water change that day. When I tested the water last night it came out as follows Ammonia=0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=5, PH=6.0
I have used crushed coral before to raise the ph of a tank, I also need to raise my Gh, if I read the test results right my GH out of the tap is like at 2/3 and it needs to be higher for shrimp.
I used to keep an open mind but my brains kept falling out.