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Old 09-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #46
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I did my test and 50% water change for today.

Before the water change:

Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite = 5.00 ppm
Nitrate = 10 ppm

Unfortunately, I also have bad news:

This day shall be forever known as: "The Great Ghost Shrimp Tragedy of 2013".

4 ghost shrimp to start.

2: ghost shrimp hiding under the bridge

1: ghost shrimp M.I.A.

1: ghost shrimp found.... in two parts.
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I did my test and 50% water change for today.

Before the water change:

Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite = 5.00 ppm
Nitrate = 10 ppm

Unfortunately, I also have bad news:

This day shall be forever known as: "The Great Ghost Shrimp Tragedy of 2013".

4 ghost shrimp to start.

2: ghost shrimp hiding under the bridge

1: ghost shrimp M.I.A.

1: ghost shrimp found.... in two parts.
Are you sure the shrimp didn't just molt?

It used to scare me sometimes when they molted, it can look like a dead shrimp
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:01 AM   #48
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I'm only finding three of them now. I think they might have turned on the one that jumped out and landed on the floor.

I'm actually not to upset over it, better than the fish going belly up. I'm going to continue with the 50% water changes every night and hope that the tank cycles sooner, rather than later.

If he did molt, I'll let you know if he turns up.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:07 PM   #49
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I know that I've been pretty involved, when it comes to posting my water testings and stuff, but I haven't really posted anything about my thoughts, idea, ect.. ect..

This tank sits in my bedroom, to the right of my bed. I'm finding that it's a pretty good thing to have if you suffer from insomnia, like I do.

I actually had a terrible night last night trying to sleep. I think that I might have nodded off for about an hour, but it's usually like that. I can't make heads or tails of if/when I slept or for how long.

When I got up out of bed, I decided to use a small flash light and look around. My betta was clearly sleeping, as his gills were moving, but he was perfectly still otherwise.

The three remaining shrimp were going about their business of cleaning the left over scraps/junk. I did count three and I do believe that the fourth ghost shrimp was rejected and torn to shreds.

I've also made a decision to replace the bulb in the hood with a better/brighter bulb, because I think that's why the plants aren't doing so well. That and the fact that this tank doesn't have actual dirt in it at all.

I'm kind of regretting that fact. I should have gone fully planted, but the fact is I'm a total newb and wouldn't know the first thing about getting it started.

Next time or if this tank ever needs to be redone, I'll take it into consideration. I might take a full shot of my aquarium later and post it.
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I was gonna suggest some Eco complete or something but you seemed pretty intent on that gravel and the blue thingies

The one good thing about this is if you do decide to go with a better substrate you will be much more knowledgable and your stocking is pretty low and hardy to boot plus ghost shrimp are what 35 cents? You could drop your Betta n shrimp in the 2.5 while the dust clears and be done with it easily.

Just make sure you plan it out and post here what you are planning and we'll help!

Ps you should get some floaters ie duckweed, frogbit etc your Betta will love it.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:08 PM   #51
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Yea, the ghost shrimp cost .40 each, so not that big of a deal.

I don't think I'll be doing a substrate anytime soon, but really do think that the light inside the tank isn't helping at all.

Oh and my testing for today, before the 50% wc.

Ammonia = 0.25 ppm
Nitrite = 5.00 ppm
Nitrate = 5.0 ppm
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Oh and Mott:

I've noticed that both Petsmart and Petco are not that great for getting any types of plants. I even went to ask for help, when getting the bookcase aquarium at Petco and both attendants states that they didn't know one thing about plants.

Todays parameters, before 50% water change:

Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite = 5.0 ppm
Nitrate = 5.0 ppm

I don't think I'll test for a couple of days and just do the water changes. It seems pointless to do it every day.
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Todays parameters, before 50% water change:

Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite = 5.0 ppm
Nitrate = 5.0 ppm

I don't think I'll test for a couple of days and just do the water changes. It seems pointless to do it every day.
Chasing numbers will make you crazy. Do it once a week or so. You'll know by look when things are going badly.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:27 PM   #54
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Yea, I figured that.

I also went out to a local hardware store and bought a brighter light for the tank. I don't know if it will promote growth amongst the plants, but it was worth a shot.

At least it looks better visually.
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Oh and Mott:

I've noticed that both Petsmart and Petco are not that great for getting any types of plants. I even went to ask for help, when getting the bookcase aquarium at Petco and both attendants states that they didn't know one thing about plants.

Todays parameters, before 50% water change:

Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite = 5.0 ppm
Nitrate = 5.0 ppm

I don't think I'll test for a couple of days and just do the water changes. It seems pointless to do it every day.
The best place to buy plants is right here at TPT! You should look for floaters itl hep with the cycle. I saw a guy selling a mixed variety in the for sale forums just earlier.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:00 AM   #56
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Mott: I would buy it, but right now cash is low and bills are high.

I also noticed today, that Jor went after one of the ghost shrimp and almost got him. Now I'm thinking he tore into that other shrimp and ripped him in half.
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It happens, it all depends on the fish, after a while mine gave up and actually shared food off the substrate lol

As far as the cash thing I totally understand, but I just bought a bunch of floaters for 9 bux shipped in the fs section, might be able to send you some soon.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:06 AM   #58
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Mott: Oh that's cool to know.

Thanks for the offer, it's greatly appreciated.
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I just tested the water, after laying off for a couple of days.

ammonia = 0.25 ppm
nitrite = 2.0 ppm
nitrate = 5.0 ppm
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Looks like nitrites are coming down a bit, how often do you feed?
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