Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: NH united states
hi , im new to this site and i really need some help . i have a 10 gallon planted tank i set up a while ago , i set it up with about an inch and a half with gravel and then river sand meant for a turtle tank on top (gravel for the plant roots to grab). and i aquascaped it with 2 pieces of im guessing is granite rock i found outside and washed thoroughly with hot water and a few small decoration rocks around it , it has a canister filter and was running , i added a compacta sword and some dwarf hairgrass , i had a boom of hair algae and it slowly killed the dwarf hairgrass , i added a big amazon sword plant and a free runner from a sword i got from my lfs , all the swords grow very fast and i find new leaves constantly , i added 9 ghost shrimp , 2 died , i had 7 living in the tank for 2 weeks after it was there with just plants for about 2 , after the 2 weeks with the shrimp i added an oto catfish , which hid for the first few days but is active alot now and has gotten fatter.
the tank was crystal clear all the way up to a 2 weeks after adding the otto , i do regular 30% water changes weekly with tap water , i live in the country with a private well that has iron and manganese in it but nothing else , i ordered 10 cherry shrimp from alpha pro breeders and some java moss , i paid for the cheapest shipping , i recieved 2 alive and the moss , the moss i tied on some slate i washed with fishing line and the first shrimp died the first night , the second one died this morning 2 days later , the water was cloudy when i put the cherries in the tank , which i also took out the ghost shrimp , and i did a water change befor adding them and another one yesterday because it keeps getting cloudier , why is the water cloudy? the plants looks good and are growing like crazy exept for the moss but it is very new so has a little brown , and the otto seems to be doing great , the ghost shrimp never died but i took them out because i heard they would be mean to cherries , and the ghost shrimp seemed very happy when they were in it just like the otto.
why is it cloudy and why did the cherries die? what can i do
Last edited by brycecouture; 12-22-2013 at 04:08 PM.
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