Well, I may have to take the tank down and take it home.
This weekend was hard on the tank. I left work around 2 p.m. on Friday and got to the office at 5 a.m. on Monday. (Uggg... I know right... I hate mornings) I turn on the night light for a while and then go to the white lights about 30 minutes later. There are two or three shrimp out on the rocks and wood sleeping.
Turns out one of them was not sleeping... It was dead, and there was also another dead one on the gravel, and one head first into the foam on the overflow. All three were dead. The white algae\fungus is back onto the drift wood and my snail is missing.
Yesterday during the day I saw one or two of the RCS and only two of the glass shrimp. Today I have only seen one of each. This may change as it is early. As I have said before my RCS are teenagers and don't normally get out of bed til after lunch.
So here is what I think the problem is. I work at the head quarters for a company and we are not a 24 hour operation here. So at 6 p.m. they turn the air conditioning up to save money, then around 6 a.m. they turn it back down. Today I am going to try and find out what the temperature is set to on nights and weekends. I do know that during the day the tank is normally around 75 degrees as that is what the heater is set to. But this morning when I came in the tank was at 79. That is after sitting over night with no AC. The weekend I think it gets even hotter, and it has longer to creep up. I know that the shrimp will do "OK" up to 80 to 82 degrees but I am worrying about the temperature swing from 75 to 82 or higher over the weekend. The summer will be even worse. I have came in here to work on the weekend before and it felt like it was sweltering. Nothing like coming into work and sweating while wearing shorts and a T-shirt.
Over night it does not seem to be a major problem because I don't think it has the time to really swing much. Maybe this weekend I will aim my fan to over the top of the tank. Only have to worry about evaporation then. I already have to add around 64 ounces of water to top off the evaporation after the weekend.
Oh well... at least the plants are growing.
Even the crypt has already put out a new leaf. I read that it would probably melt away and then start new leaves once it acclimated. But the existing leaves are looking great and a new one is popped up already.