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This is my first post in the forum. Yay!
Anyway, this is my tank and it is my first time to keep shrimps and maintain a planted tank. Here is what happened:
2 months ago:
I had the new tank filled with plants except the carpeting Hairgrass. I introduced 3 Crystal Red shrimps and there were very happy. I fed them with the Hikari Shrimp Cuisine and everything was fine.
1 month ago:
I started growing Hairgrass in my tank. I immediately felt it became difficult to clean the substrates, but according to some articles the plants with absorb left over nutrients so I only have to clean the substrates lightly.
2 weeks ago:
I put 3 Otto catfishes inside my tank and I placed a feeding plate (as shown on the lower right corner in my photo)with some shrimps food and algae wafers on it. I thought that the shrimps will swim up to the plate and eat with the Otto. After a few days, it seemed the shrimps were scared of the Ottos and refused to swim up to the feeding plate. However, I didn't pay too much attention as I saw people feed their CRSs with the Ottos on the same feeding plate
1 week ago:
1 of the 3 CRS died and I was very surprised. However, I didn't know the reason so I just wait and see.
3 days ago:
Another CRS died and I think it is died of hunger. So instead of leaving the food on the feeding plate, I just dropped the foods (Shrimp Cuisine) on the water surface and let them sink. Some foods were stuck inside the carpet and I think it would be difficult for the shrimp to eat it.
I saw 5 Planarias on my tank glass. I don't know what to do. I have heard they could kill the CRS. Now I am very confused whether they killed my CRS and did the CRS died because of starving. However, Planarias outbreak generally means overfeeding. But It is very difficult for me to clean the gravel as my tank is now full of hairgrass - I thought the plants will absorb the leftover anyway. I saw people put a feeding plate in a planted tank to avoid food sinking inside the gravel but my tank is very small and it seems my tank would look awkward if I dig a hole put a plate in the middle. I am very confused. Please help
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.