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post #11 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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I just got a new gravel vacuum with a hand pump, it's so nice and easy so yes. Would you recommend using the vacuum to empty the water before the water change? What I'm planning on doing is vacuuming the gravel (which will naturally lower the water level) then adding fresh water right afterward.

I'll need to be careful about my little shrimp though.

Has anyone had any experience with them? The levels in the tank are pretty much perfect but we lost one of the three only 12 hours after adding them. =(
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 05:38 PM
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I have 4 amano shrimp that I purchased about a month and a half ago. All are doing well. If your parameters are good, and assuming it wasn't eaten by your fish, it may have just been natural.

As for gravel vacuuming, I always do it first and then drain any extra water that I need to. Just be sure you don't vacuum ALL of the gravel at one time. You'll suck up a lot of the good bacteria along with the bad stuff. I usually do somewhere between 10-20% of the gravel each water change.
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate all of your help thus far. I have another question if you don't mind! I just added 6 more fish to my tank, is it not a good idea to feed them shortly after being added to the tank?
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 10:54 PM
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I wouldn't feed them. Fish can go for quite a while without food, and usually even properly acclimated fish are pretty stressed out by being put into a new tank, so it's not likely they'll be hungry just yet.

Are you sure that the ghost shrimp died? It might have just molted. It's pretty common for crustaceans to molt soon after being added to a tank because they don't do it in dealer tanks due to the crowded conditions and whatnot.

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post #15 of 15 Old 08-26-2008, 09:03 AM
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Good point. Mine did the same.

occram, you should probably sit down and actually count your shrimp. I thought I had lost a couple when I first bought the shrimp because they had molted.
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