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Old 04-11-2013, 02:05 AM   #46
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The tank has been doing great the last couple of weeks. All of the plants are growing like crazy. I changed the lighting schedule this week by adding an additional two fulham workhorse 5 ballasts and removing the workhorse 7. This results in each ballast controlling 2 of the 6 lights so I can gradually increase and then decrease the light everyday replicating nature somewhat. I hope it helps the plants because it was kind of a pita.
The new light schedule is as follows:
2 bulbs - 11:00am - 1pm
4 bulbs - 1pm - 2:30pm
6 bulbs - 2:30pm - 4pm
4 bulbs - 4pm - 6pm
2 bulbs - 6pm - 7:30pm

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Old 04-11-2013, 06:58 AM   #47
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I have an explosion of detritus worms in my tank. I know overfeeding is supposed to be the cause but I don't feed anything so I'm not really sure why they're there. What will get rid of them? Tiny fish?

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:09 AM   #48
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Any updated pics of tank growth?
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:46 AM   #49
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Yeah I'll post some tomorrow if I get a chance.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:59 PM   #50
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I haven't posted in a while so I thought I'd give an update.
About 2 weeks ago I added an 18 watt Coralife Turbo twist 6x UV Filter to help with the general health of the tank. I like it so far. I also purchased 8 Boraras Naevus to help get rid of the detritus worms. These are micro fish so hopefully they wont pick on the shrimp too much. They've been in the tank for a few days and seem happy. They're only about .5" long and I was told they shouldn't grow much more if at all. In addition I decided to make a clear acrylic lily pipe set for the canister filter. So far I've only made the intake but I think it turned out pretty nice. It only ended up costing $5, much better than the $100 something an ADA model costs. Sadly, the 3 assassin snails died. I'm not exactly sure why but I'm assuming they starved because I never saw them eat any of the ramshorns in the tank. I'll post some updated pics as well.

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Old 04-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #51
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Here are some new pics. You can see the acrylic lily pipe intake I made in a few of them.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:13 AM   #52
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great tank and acrylic pipe work...

I love the powerhead but worry that it will soon be a shrimp shreder...
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:12 AM   #53
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Thanks for the comment acitydweller. I've thought about how the power heads could potentially kill shrimp, especially shrimplets, but without them I get a biofilm that forms on the water's surface. I would be happy to remove them if anyone can recommend another effective way to prevent biofilm.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:03 AM   #54
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what works for me is put in an air pump but only turn it on at night, that way it wont mess with the co2, is great for the animals because of the extra oxygen, and breaks up the surface each night very well!
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That's a good idea iamiskool. I might have to try it if once I get some more shrimp. Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to build the acrylic output for the canister. I'm going to design it like the ADA models. Maybe it will make enough surface agitation to combat the biofilm. If it does then I will remove the power heads.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:57 PM   #56
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3 of my Amano shrimp have died within the last 3-4 days. I'm not really sure why but some of them are turning blue. I've been feeding them Hikari algae wafers every few days but some of them don't seem to like eating those. There isn't much algae in the tank so I'm wondering if they could be starving to death. They aren't very active either. Most of the time they just cling to the back of the largest rock in the shadows. I dose plantex csm+b every other day and I know it has a small amount of copper but I purchased a copper test kit and it said 0 ppm. Plus I've read many people dose this with no problems. Does anyone have suggestions as to what I should feed these guys. I also have some Hikari Shrimp Cuisine and they don't seem to care for that either.

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In addition I just saw one of my amano shrimp eating a shell that had been molted. Is this normal behavior or does it mean my gH is too low?
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yea im going to guess that gH is too low, shrimps turning blue usually means a bad molt I believe
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:48 PM   #59
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Just did all of my water tests. I dosed macros about 28 hours ago. Here are the results:

Nitrate: ~40 ppm
Phosphate: ~1-2 ppm
dgH: ~1 if that. May be lower.
dkH: ~4
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Copper: 0 ppm

My gH is really low according to the test. Its super hard to see the color change from orange to green so it may be even less than 1. I dose 1/8 tsp CaSO4, 1/8 tsp K2SO4, and about 1/24 tsp MgSO4 every other day. I'm new to shrimp but don't they need a gH of at least 6? My water out of the tap is very soft.
My nitrate levels seem a little high. I usually try to keep them between 10-30 ppm. The API test kit for nitrate is hard to read though so it may not be right. I try to keep my phosphates between 1-2 so those look good. kH is at the low end of the acceptable range. I dose Aquavitro Carbonate every WC to bump up the kH. Everything that should be at 0 ppm is, so that's good.

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Old 05-06-2013, 05:28 AM   #60
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Well 2 my RCS and 5 of my Amano shrimp died in the last week. I only have 2 left. They'll probably die too. Guess shrimp aren't my thing. Plants and fish are doing great though so that's good.

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