Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: California, USA
Tank is still cycling, but nitrite and nitrate are rising now. I am dosing with prime.
Bad news first. I introduced 4 Amano shrimp to the aquarium a couple days ago. Last night 3 of them were sidewise, and eventually died. One is still on the go looking fine. My LFS warned me that their Amano weren't doing so well so it wasn't a wild surprise, though still a bummer. Looking at the spec sheet when purchasing more shrimp I see recommended parameters are all in range except for GH (6-16dH). My tank measured 3dH last night so I bumped it up to 6. This morning the remaining one looks fine, I'll keep a close eye. I went ahead and ordered more shrimp too.
I'm dealing with a tube fitting and aesthetic issue now as well. When scaping as you can see I went with a raised background, and I can no longer fit my inlet pipe unless it's wildly hanging on the back, so I have to put on side towards the front. Since the cabinet is not flush to that side, the tubing needs to bend, and in a short distance. I think I'll try and use elbows here.
On the good news side, I think my cardinals are getting less stressed. They weren't eating pellets from surface or floor, so I tried hatching some brine shrimp for them. The absolutely loved it. So amazing to see them perk up, eat and now color is better as well.
Still waiting on more plants to arrive. I got 6 or 7 different species to add, will update soon.