Red color on Amano Shrimp
Monday evening my planted tank was officially cycled. My first aquarium since I was a kid, and my first actual planted tank. Ammonia was at 0, nitrite at 0, and nitrate at about 20. I was dosing with Ammonia to 3ppm.
I went to Petco ( only place around besides PetSmart) to grab some new friends. I picked up 2 Nerite snails and 2 Amano Shrimp. As I understand, their bio-load is miniscule and they help clean the aquarium up. Knowing this, I grabbed 2 Lyretail Molly's and 2 Bumble Bee Platy's as well. I have a 20 Gallon so I don't think this is overwhelming after a cycle. I could be wrong.
Sorry for the lengthy intro to my problem but It may help. All the new inhabitants have been active and seemingly healthy, but today I noticed a red area on one of my Amano Shrimp that was not there two days ago. The red area is right behind it's head and it looks internal.
My heater has a cover on it and the temperature was set to 78f, so I do not believe it's a burn. I have since set the heater to 77f. Could it be an infection or disease that will affect my snails, fish, and other Amano? See attached photo.
Also, one of the Platy's I took home started giving birth. I'm off to a great start. Hopefully whatever babies survive do not interrupt the cycle until I can re-home them.
20 Gallon High
CaribSea Eco substrate
Fluval E 100 watt heater
Fluval 30 Filter w/media, sponge, and carbon.
3 Amazon swords
3 Java Fern
Using API test kit and Tap Conditioner.
There has been a slight rise in ammonia, so I did a 20 percent water change today.