When I had it in one tank, I used tannins.... so many infact that the water was dark tea colored and you couldn't even see the back of the tank. I can't say whether or not that helped, only that it did slow the amount of deaths down... I think. But the necrosis/bacterial infection was the least of my issues... (had deaths in otherwise healthy appearing shrimp prior to and after the necrosis) I didn't lose much of my colony from it, but it wasn't thriving anyway...
Doing my best to load the tank up with leaf litter, even if anecdotal, I appreciate the help and advice.
This similarly wasn't a thriving colony, but recently there was a large up turn. I have about 6 berries females and 50 odd shrimplets in there. That was from losing 15 of my initial 20. So from 5 to about 70 I was pretty happy.
Hoping I can ward this off.
why boil the oak leaves? Just curious. I put a few almond leaves in from time to time and they sink after a day or so and start getting munched on after a week I think. Last maybe a month or so generally speaking. Ive got alot of algae though so usually they just "snack" on the almond leaves.
Just seems that boiling would be taking alot of the good stuff out but have no experience with the matter.
Only a very very quick boil. 1-2 minutes. I picked these leaves from the yard, and rather than potentially introduce any hitchhikers of any sort, bacteria or the likes, just gave them a quick boil. It is simply to limit and further introduction of unwanted yuckies.
Necessary? Probably not, but I couldnt hurt too much could it?
thank you, the stuff grows annoyingly fast now!