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Old 07-25-2013, 02:32 PM   #16
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Here more pictures from Day 4, 5 and 6 (day 6 is today)
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #17
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Picture from day 8. I added a heater 2 days ago, because in my opinion he water was freezing when i was working inside the tank.

How long should i expect the white mold to be around? And since i have 2 more driftwood pieces i will add as soon as they sink or as soon as i get them attached to something heavy, do i have to expect more molding coming from them? Does that happen because it is a new tank? Never had that happening in my 55 gal

And if i want to get Slate Tiles for the wood, where would be a good place to buy them and do i have to soak them first or just rinse them off good enough?
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:57 PM   #18
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My wood snotted that white fungus for a few weeks. I threw in a few ramshorn snail and Amano shrimp and they helped the process along. Be patient, not sure if it makes a difference as my wood was manzanita.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #19
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I have Mopani...

Right now i don't think i should put anything in there to speed it up, doesn't seem safe lol... It has been up for 8 days now, so it is still brand new...

But thanks for the input how long you had been dealing with the fungus, since i had no idea at all how long it might take and if there is anything i can do to get rid of it faster without destroying the cycling process... I rinsed the wood a few days ago, now it is almost all grown back again and i just swiped over it with my hand before doing a water change today so i could get rid of some stuff...
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From my understanding it is totally safe and to just let it run its course.

Don't worry about it cause it will go away on its own.

As a side note: I wouldn't be concerned for the snails throwing em in a non cycled tank. I've had good luck with them early on in a tanks "life" and are good for helping develop bb. But, if your trying to maintain snail free, that's a totally different story.

My most recent 3 tanks have all been dirt and have waited weeks or more to added fish, typically after the soil stops leaching.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:56 PM   #21
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I don't really know yet if i want to go snail free or not. So far i have been lucky that i never got any snails, even tho i saw a few baby snails a few days ago, but they disappeared since in my 55 gal.

I am still debating if i should put some in with the shrimps or not, but that will be decided in time. If it is a benefit for the shrimp and the tank itself, i might consider getting some.

Right now i am just waiting for the tank to clear up and clean up and for the other 2 wooden pieces to finally sink

Thank you for your infos, i really appreciate that!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:39 PM   #22
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How often would you guys recommend a water change right now and how much? Tank has been set up for 11 days now...
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #23
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Don't do water changes as you're cycling your tank.

Since it will be for shrimp, even once the tank is cycled, you'll want to continue adding ammonia for a week or two to allow time for a nice biofilm build up. 4-6 weeks of total "cycling" time is usually a great idea for shrimp.

Snails are a good thing in shrimp tanks. Babies eat the goodies left behind/that grow on snail slime trails, snails eat leftover food, they clean the glass.
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how many snails and what kind would you recommend for that tank? And when should I add them roughly? How often should I test the water?
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While you're 'cycling' - you may have to test every day to see how much ammonia you'll need to add in order to continue building up bacteria.

Snails are up to you. Could go with Ramshorns, Pond Snails, Apple Snails, Bladder Snails, Nerites, et al. If you're currently adding ammonia for the cycle, I wouldn't add them until your tank is ready for shrimp.
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i think the mold is common if you don't boil the wood before scaping with it. My driftwood never showed any kind of mold or fungus but it has recently grown some deep seeded algae >.<

Good luck, looks good so far! keep up the pics!!!
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I'm not adding any ammonia, wanted to let the tank run for about 4 weeks before I do anything. Any snail choice better for shrimp than other? I kinda like the nerites
Testing the water daily seems like a waste of the water test or am I wrong? I mean I know its not ready yet anyways..
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I'm not adding any ammonia, wanted to let the tank run for about 4 weeks before I do anything. Any snail choice better for shrimp than other? I kinda like the nerites
Testing the water daily seems like a waste of the water test or am I wrong? I mean I know its not ready yet anyways..
You've got a good start here! Any thought about the shrimp you would like to eventually add?
I think the snail choice is personal. I also agree that testing daily is a waste of your test kit. I'd let the tank run its course, no need trying to rush things.
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i will start with red cherries since they are more forgiving to possibleistakes and because I really like their bright coloration. I know all shrimp are sensitive, that's why I want to give the tank time to cycle to prevent further problems if possible. Since I can't boil the wood, I guessi have to wait for the mold to leave ny itself. The other 2 pieces are still in a bucket and still not sinking, considering now the slate...
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i will start with red cherries since they are more forgiving to possibleistakes and because I really like their bright coloration. I know all shrimp are sensitive, that's why I want to give the tank time to cycle to prevent further problems if possible. Since I can't boil the wood, I guessi have to wait for the mold to leave ny itself. The other 2 pieces are still in a bucket and still not sinking, considering now the slate...
I'm excited for you getting shrimps!!

if you can't boil the wood.. Do what I did. I literally just put my driftwood in my bathtub and blasted the hottest water I could on it and filled the tub about 1/2 way to try to cover some of the wood. OR boil water and dump it on the wood while its on the tub. Either way should help the mold situation. Especially good that your tank has no inhabitants currently. best of luck
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