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I set up my paintball CO2 yesterday in my 10 gal with 3 amano shrimp. I'm using one of those cheap glass diffusers and from the looks of it, I'm getting 1 bubble every 2 seconds. My shrimp seemed okay before I added CO2, but I have noticed that they looked a bit more cloudy than their normal translucent appearance. Well, one died overnight, and another looks to be on the brink of death. What to do?
 

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Yikes! I've got limited experience with shrimp, but one thing that always did spell impending death with my Amanos was when they lost their normal translucent appearance.

Do you have a drop checker to monitor your CO2 saturation levels? A visual bubble count probably isn't telling you the whole story on a 10-gallon.
 

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I'm still waiting for my drop checker to come in the mail. I was hoping to start off with a small amount of CO2 that couldn't possible suffocate my shrimp. My pH with the added CO2 is about 6.4.
 

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I've got a 79 gph internal filter running (hoping to get a canister soon) with a 2x18 watt T5HO fixture. It's moderately-heavily planted. There are 4 red spot nerites in the tank, and 2 low grade cherry shrimp that I have not seen in a day.

It's been running for 27 days, but was cycled with zero ammonia/nitrite after 2 weeks using old filter media from my 20 gal. I put in the amanos 2.5 weeks after setup.

I have been dosing 1.5x recommended amount of Excel everyday to deal with some algae growth. Dosing recommended amounts of Kent Formula K-Fe and Pro-Plant 3 times a week. 30% water changes a week with topoffs every other day using Prime-treated tap water that has been left sitting for at least 2 days.

I have been getting some ammonia readings from my treated tap, but have read that Prime gives off false positives.
 
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