On 11/5 I decided to do a water change during which, I stirred up the substrate quite a bit. I noticed also that the anacharis had started showing new growth and was looking good with the exception of one stem which was looking brown with few leaves. It also looked like it was getting covered with hair algae. The following morning one of the brown shrimp had died.
over the next few days, the shrimp seemed ok. I also noticed an increase in hair algae which I removed with the handy dandy forceps. I also noticed a slight increase in pearling with the plants. I feel this is due to an increase in nutrients (shrimp poo). Unfortunately , the water is starting to get cloudy (green ). Ive also seen at least two molts. I left the shells in the bowl since I heard that the shrimp eat them.
On 11/9 I pulled up the bad looking Anacharis. BIG MESS!! The following morning I noticed all of the shrimp on plants and the wood RIGHT at the surface. Red Flag!! I did a huge water change and all went right back to normal. Except for the fact that one more of the brown shrimp died.
In assessing what had happened, I came to a couple of conclusions. One, the brown shrimp, which were obviously less hardy than the RCS were in fact Amano shrimp. Two, my stirring up of the substrate on the earlier water change and through the uprooting of the anacharis had released something into the water killing the two Amano's ( i don't think the co2 being released by the plants at night would be enough to drive the shrimp to the surface but....)
Yesterday I returned to the LFS to purchase three RCS. While there ,I confirmed that the guy who helped me the first time had indeed given me three Amanos and two RCS.
So I picked out three healthy half inch Red Cherries, an air pump and stone. I drip acclimated them and in they went. I decided to run the air stone at night just in case. It also got rid of the nasty film covering the top of the bowl.
So, as of now, I have 5 red cherries and one Amano. They have not touched any of the food I have offered but, I am now convinced that there is still plenty of junk in there to eat. The photo was taken today. Water still "green"?
If you read this whole thing, thanks. I will update as things progress.
Comments or suggestions are encouraged. I am not new to fish keeping but am new to planted tanks. I read Walstads book and found it fascinating. I have also learned a ton from all of you here at TPT. Thank you