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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a way to make a new tank shrimp safe?

My daughter's 10g tank just had a horrible blight that wiped out all of her fish. Columnaris, I think. She scooped all the RCS (and 4 newborn guppy fry) into a 5 gallon tank and boiled the eco-complete, bleached the heck out of the tank, heater and rocks, did a bleach dip on the plants, and tossed the filter and got a new aquaclear. I did fill it with seeded media from my eheim. Also she rinsed everything really well with water with a lot of Prime in it.

So now we have about 50 RCS in an uncycled 5 gallon, and we have a planted uncycled 10 gallon. I'm thinking just put the shrimp back in the 10 gallon, but does anyone have any tips to keep the cycling water parameters safe for the shrimp?

I have purigen but I'm not sure when it's advisable to use it. Should she just do lots and lots of water changes or is there anything to make this easier on her?

And, by the way, she did learn her lesson about quarantining new fish!

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Massive plant overload will be your friend.

I like to use Hornwort due to it's growth rate, I use water lettuce also.
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If you used seeded filter media and kept it fed it should be fine.
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A mass of floating plants will help to limit the damage. Water changes will probably still be needed as well.
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Thanks everyone! She filled the tank with cabomba from my stock tank in the basement, so hopefully that will be enough, besides the plants that she intended to be in the tank. I'll test water often and change it when appropriate.

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As far as I know, fish diseases won't kill shrimps if that was the problem. So if it happens next time, it probably isn't necessary to completely clean out every single thing. I hope the uncycled tanks are okay for the shrimps.
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Well, she wants to have fish in there again, and since we weren't sure what the disease was, we decided to just nuke the tank. We weren't sure if that was the correct solution, but wanted to play it safe.

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