So here is my origional post from when i bought my 3gal marineland (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ts-pics-94493/
It was supposed to be a shrimp tank, hoever, shrimp dropped like flies after a week. I then tried another group of ghost shrimp and they did not last more than 2 days. I do have a betta who has been fine for about a month.
Here is the deal: all my plants ( pygmy chain sword, salvinia, pennywort, java fern, anubuis) have all been dying. They never really took off in this tank, but literally have been deteriortation the past few weeks. I have two suspects>
1. which was already brought up in my first post is temperature. Honestly i do my WC every week and paamerts are fine, but i havent checked temps lately and when i just checked they where at 86! with no heater!In a room thats ~72 - 75 with tanks that have heaters and are right around 78! I believe its the heater causing these excessive heat as it is resting in the water, however it may be the light. I have contacted marineland but they never got back to me. I was going to send them another email but their website is down.
2. Sand: I swear i bought plain black sand for freshwater, but since im having issues i keep thinking "maybe i bought SW sand: bcause i cant remember what brand i got. ill rule that out by checking the LFS tomorrow. What effect would SW sand have on plants/ shrimp/ my API test kit results?