Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Philippines, Manila
If nitrates and nitrites is the problem, then you may want to add some pennywort, hornwort or water lettuce. All of those are nitrate and nitrite sponges. My shrimps (cherries and the pregnant cherry) likes to stay all day in the water lettuce, occasionally swimming away to eat some spinach or to graze on moss. And then it stays back again at the roots of the water lettuce. I don't know why, but she's been always like that. In contrast to my rhino shrimp, it does move around alot and rarely stays still (it still moves even feeding time, carrying the spinach while swimming). Guess your shrimp's behavior is normal. Establishing a tank can take quite a while. I rely heavily on floating plants as they are the main filters of my 2 gal tank. Just leave the floating plants there for a week or 2 and the should be fine. It will be faster if you will add some old aquarium water. I will post a pic of my tank so you can have an idea on how it looks like.
By the way, are you a college student, because I am as well.
My day is better whenever I buy a new plant.
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