Wow. It's been a month since my last update. I had some ups and downs but all a part of the fun cycling process! Several weeks ago I thought I had planaria, then a small battle with green algae, and then some almost out of control bladder snails. Once everything balanced out and was cycled I headed out to AFA and picked up 8 pygmy corys and 4 red cherry shrimp.
and big papa and mama snail plotting to take over my fish tank.
I drip acclimated the shrimp for 2 hrs and only 1 little guy seemed stressed. He was exceptionally active and zoomed around from bag to cup to tank.
Unfortunately on day 2 a heat wave came through and since moving I wasn't prepared with any type of AC. I spent 3 days straight trying to manage temps and keep it from going above 80F (the tank had been a consistent 75F throughout cycling). I also wasn't able to turn on any co2/lights consistently for those 3 days to avoid increasing the temps and possibly choking them out with low oxygen during peak hours. Also on day 3 one of the shrimp (I'm thinking my active guy) was no where to be found. I figured he could be hiding in a crevice to molt, died from the rapid increase in temps, or he accidentally got sucked into the filter even though I had it at low flow and covered the skimmer.
May I have found the culprit to the missing shrimp?
Then on day 5 I woke up and the little sucker was alive and well! All four were happy and either chilling under some h. pinnatifida or on some driftwood. Luckily the heat wave was also passing and I was finally able to get everything under control.
During the heat wave some plants did suffer, mostly HC and DHG began to lose color and melt. I also had cloudy water probably an algae bloom from lack of lighting. BUT everybody was alive and well. I was able to clear up the water a little these last couple days and do a small 15% water change. Bringing us to today, I now am prepared with a portable AC and GIANT commercial fan for the future. All water parameters are good 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 5ppm nitrates and I never saw any spikes throughout the week. Cherry shrimp are doing their thing and the cory's like to shoal or nibble at the exposed ADA soil. I still haven't been able to get them to eat any frozen blood worms so I'll probably go pick up some wafers today. I'm also hoping to get the carpet going strong in a few weeks but the heat wave set me back. I had wacked down some plants a couple days before picking up the fish so you cant tell how thick all the stem plants were getting. I replanted clippings of the ammania senegalensis in the back left corner as well as some of the AR mini. My red mini buce has not been doing well and melted a few weeks back, but the chili pepper buce seems to be doing ok. I'm not super happy with how thinned out everything looks but I'll get there sure enough... just need some patience. I'm planning to pick up a couple otos and about 8 celestial peal danio's in about 3 weeks but aside from that I'm just going to scream words of encouragement at the tank. I got into the habit from day 1 of planting to yell, " EFFIN GROOW!!" at the plants at least once a day and now my husband is sure I've lost my mind. Could be covid, could be me who knows.
So tank pics!