I've not been having much joy with this tank recently.
As you can see in this thread
, I was having problems with some of my shrimp after I did a water change and added some plants. They were swimming erratically, dropping mid swim and laying on their sides.
I thought my shrimps had made it but then started to find a dead one every morning, which was really sad.
I hoped that the strong would survive whatever had happened, but within 6 days I was left with just two.
These two appeared fine, my water parameters where good according to tests so I bought a single shrimp the next time I was at a LFS.
Then a couple of days later the remaining two from the first ten I bought die. Again, really sad :/
So I was left with just one shrimp, the original 10 having died
Then this new fella starts acting wrong, falling on his side, disorientated, swimming weird. I read a lot about it and it again sounds like poisoning. So I take him out and put him in a bucket overnight. Something in my tank was bad still...
Before I stripped the tank
The next day I tore the tank down and gave it a real good clean, substrate and everything. I put a lot of the tank water back in and luckily some Prime I'd ordered turned up, so I could now treat my tap water (which contains nitrite).
I only added half the substrate back in and removed the wood and some plants. I had planned to do some basic scaping on the tank but now just want to keep shrimp alive, so that can wait.
So little lonesome shrimp goes back in and I keep and eye on him for a bit. He was appeared fine, a little subdued but happily all the weird behavior stopped.
I went to another LFS in the area and while getting some RO water, I picked up another shrimp - I figured I would slowly build up the population.
The first one really appreciated the company and it was good to see them hanging out and generally appearing very happy.
I fitted some blue leds so I can watch them at night. I am trying to keep the hours the main light is on, the same everyday, but there are times I want to watch them and I didn't want to disturb them. So I put this on at night. I know it's not natural, but I would rather have this on, than keep sticking the main light on. I watch them a lot
I've performed so many water tests in the last few weeks, trying to get my RO water right etc. I am finally get faster at mixing that up. I bought a TDS meter.
I also bought a sponge filter and an air pump, it's an interpet one, not very quiet! I have read lots of people saying that more filtration is a good thing
The shrimp love to sit and feed in the Riccia
So I left it for a bit and then had to go and get some more RO water. In the shop there was a tank with a big ball of moss with loads of cherries in it, they were being circled by some fish, so were doing the right thing and hiding.. I saw a couple of berried females and bought one of these and a male.
So if you are keeping score, the total amount of shrimps is now four! But one is berried, so we will see what happens.
Ok, then something crazy happens. I'm looking the tank a few days and there are now five shrimp! Huh, how does that work?
One of the original ten must have hidden the filter part of the tank for a good couple of weeks, survived the tank strip down and then decided to come out. He is looking super red too! I was pretty amazed
Finally some good news..
I also covered the pump, so if there are shrimplets, they won't get in there. I also ordered some filter floss and blocked up access to the other parts of the tank's filtration system.
I was letting the algae grow on the sides of the tank and only cleaning the front.
Ok, next problem... I wasn't overfeeding them, but I noticed I had some small white worms in the water column, they kind of swim in a corkscrew motion. I don't like them. They make me feel all itchy when I see them. I am not sure if the source of algae I was keeping counts as food source for these worms. No shrimp food pellets were getting into the substrate so I guess maybe they came in on some moss I bought (I did treat this with potassium permanganate too).
So I read up lots about worms and things - gross - and decide they are most likely detritus worms, I stopped feeding for 2 days, cleaned all the algae off, and their numbers (which had grown into the hundreds, gross) totally dropped. They should be gone soon. So it turns out I was overfeeding them.
I bought an ehiem air pump, that's really good and super quiet.
I lost another shrimp to a bad molt. So back down to four shrimp.
I saw eyes on the eggs yesterday so I am not sure how far they have to go, but fingers crossed they will swim off soon. And live!
Some eyes peeking out
Hopefully my next update will be much more positive than this post, there are soooo many variables but I've learn't a lot along the way though and continue to