New and first shrimp tank - Shrimp dying?
This is my first posting for this forum. Trying to become a $ member but having difficulties doing so.
Need some help/advice regarding my setup and results. I think I have lost most of my first purchase of shrimp (15).
After 25+ plus years from the hobby, I have set up my first planted/shrimp tank. I have done a lot of reading and have the tank set up, cycled, planted and purchased my first batch (15) of shrimp. However, I only see a few of them now. I saw two die today.
10.8 gallon aquarium. Rimless 15.6 wide, 12.9 deep, 12.9 high. Low tech.
Fluval 106 canister filter. Bio-Foam and Biomax and polishing pad between the two containers. Running at a little more than 50% rate. Sponge on intake.
Finnex 16 inch Fugeray Planged+ light - 6 hours per day
Fluval stratum (recommended by LFS)
Malaysian hardwood, 1 Indian Almond leaf, 5 alder coins (pre-soaked all of them)
Plants: anubias, S. repens, mini xmas moss, flame moss, broad leaf chain sword, java leaves, Crypt parva mini (carefully removed java leaves two days ago to free up background). All growing well.
Use R/O water mineralized with Salty Shrimp Gh+ (and a little GH+/KH+). TDS 180, pH 6.8, GH 6, KH 0
Other water Parameters: No CO2, Temp 74, Ammonia 0 (two test kits), nitrite 0, nitrate 10 (two test kits)
Cycled three weeks - used Dr Tim's One and Only until zero readings for ammonia and nitrite (nitrate in the 30/40 range until WC).
Did 50% water change twice over two day and waited several days before introducing shrimp.
Wanted to start with Cherry shrimp as that is the recommended shrimp for beginners (wish I hadn't gone with Fluval as it buffers to the acidic side).
However, the water chemistry favored Caridinas and I went with regular Tiger shrimp.
Day 1 - Mon - received 15 Tiger shrimp from well known seller. Did a 2 hour drip acclimation. Shrimp seemed to doing well.
Day 2 - Tue - Saw only 4 or 5 shrimp at any one time. Read that shrimp may hide at first.
Day 3 - Wed - Again, only saw 4 or 5 shrimp. Fed very small amount Bacter AE. Shrimp seemed to respond.
Day 4 - Thu - Only saw several shrimp. Removed Java plants from back ground, added more moss (moss came attached to 4 inch x 2 inch wood).
Day 5 - Fri - saw one on back dead, another one dying (spastic, darting around). Only seen one shrimp feeding since.
It seems like the setup is in the ballpark. Not having good luck with first batch of shrimp.
Any ideas of what I can do or change to make next purchase more successful?