11-30-2010, 04:50 PM
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IM getting crazy readings, on my tests, i had to do it twice to make sure :-/ The messynenss is from the soil taht floated up finally sinking, but now it looks like fish poop everywhere. I might place down a coat of black sand over the gravel just to make the tank darker and, hopefully, promote the redness of my shrimp. However, it seems my mts are avoiding digging in the soil. They also have healthy shells now, but they dont seem happy, they move slow, do not dig, and a couple are just laying around on their backs, but occasionally turn over and crawl a little before returning to just laying down. I am getting ammonia readings but no nitrites. My nitrates were high on my first test a week ago, but after a 10% water change where i vaccummed up some of the leftover chalk and melted crypts, my nitrates dropped. I didnt test before the water change so i dont know if it was like that before the change. My 4 leaves of duckweed is now 8 leaves of duckweed, but i dont think that was what took up all my nitrates.
My dwarf sword is also starting to melt, which is concerning. Some of the original big leaves look fine, but some of the new leaves are yellowing. I think it might be a temprature thing since the winter is causing my tank to be at a solid 62F which is low for the shrimp too. I dont know how i can heat it up though, my mini heater doesnt have a long enough cord and if i move the tank it has no light. Also my anubias has leaves out of the water that look like they are drying up.