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polukoff 11-15-2012 04:10 PM

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So I uprooted my Tiger Lilly in my dirted shrimp tank and I broke the sand cap layer and now dirt has spilled all over my tank and there is no longer a sand cap to hold down the dirt. The tank is about 6-8 months old, what should I do? I can't siphon because there are so many baby shrimps. Should I scrap it and start all over? More importantly does the exposed soil pose any threat to my cherry shrimp?

Big O 11-15-2012 04:33 PM

Shrimp will be fine. Mine go crazy after i up root, Like an open buffet!

CoffeeLove 11-15-2012 04:41 PM

They actually probably like the exposed dirt

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Smitty83 11-15-2012 04:45 PM

just recap with more sand imo. Shouldn't hurt anything just keep an eye on your water parameters. You might see a spike in ammonia or nitrates due to the decomposed stuff in soil! maybe!

polukoff 11-15-2012 05:21 PM

Good to hear, I'm not so worried now, I will just slowly clean the dirt and eventually cap over the hole.

DogFish 11-15-2012 05:52 PM

Turn off all devices that move the water for a few hours, over night won't hurt a healthy tank. This will allow a lot of the fine martial to settle down to the substrate. The more the water moves the longer it will take to clear up.

Once you do restart the filter let it run until almost clogged. As the filter pores close they filter at a finer level.

After it looks pretty clear, then do your water change.

I agree the Shrimp seem to love getting at the exposed dirt.

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