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Old 04-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #511
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Sorry about your apple snail and crypts. :(

I wouldn't worry about the shrimp just yet. Yeah maybe they got eaten, but it's probably more likely that they are hiding somewhere in the tank. I've never had shrimp, but believe me it's really easy for some small to get "lost" in a tank.

Don't worry about changing the parameters. There are plenty of fish that you can keep in whatever your tap water is.

Screw the crypts! We will beg, borrow, and steal you some plants that will do better for you! I promise.

I'll look into the algae and see what I can find out. Maybe make a separate post on it so more people see and chime in.

There's no challenge that is insurmountable. That's why this forum is here right?
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #512
 
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I am really sorry about the run of bad luck you've been having, bu Cory is right. We are here to pick you up and help you along.

As for the shrimps... they are VERY good at hiding. Even in my 10 gal I still can't count all of them. You probably have more than just two. And even if you do, all you need is one male and one female. These things are like rabbits. And later in the year I can send you some more to help pad the genetics of the population.

... I can't help but wonder if your water treatment plant added something funny to the water. That could explain the crypts melting, a large loss of shrimp, and the loss of an apple snail. All of those things are sensitive to additives. Spring time does often bring lots of rain showers. Maybe they added more chlorine or something.
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:10 PM   #513
 
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No the puffer hunted them down and ate them. I know as I saw him go after them as i wa chasing them plus there are pieces of the shells in the tank. So I moved the last two to the Badis tank and what happens
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Yeah the Badis attack them! I give up! LoL I got them for a food source but I was hoping they would breed first!
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #514
 
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Ohh ohhh ohh
I just found 2 more in the Puffer tank!! So maybe there's hope!
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:15 PM   #515
 
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As for the algae I upped the flow a little and reduced the light period from 9 to 8 hours. I also turned down the temp from 78-80 to 74-76 over the las couple of days. Soo I will see what happens. If that doesn't work then I don't know
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:05 PM   #516
 
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John. . . My heart is broken for you. It always feels like everything that can go wrong decides to do it at the same time. . . BUT. . .YAY for shrimp, a Puffer that can see well enough to hunt, and silver linings! *hugs*
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:21 PM   #517
 
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If you have a male and a female you will get more shrimps. Alternatively if you want them as a food source, you could set up a 5 gal for the shrimps alone. But I'm glad you found some more. Those guys are really good at hiding.

On the plus side... Old Man Puff isn't entirely blind.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #518
 
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Okay so the other day I think I spassed as I was having a bad day and seeing shells of the shrimp and algae still in my tank just sent me over the top. I wasn't thinking about shrimp molting there shell and I esp didn't think they would do it that fast but have been informed that they tend to do that shortly after being introduce to a new tank due to different water parameters. I think thats what i was seeing and not dead shrimp. I still have to in the badis tank and I have seen about 4 or so in the puffer tank but they like to hide and are very hard to spot as some of you guys have said.

I am working on the Algae problem in my puffer tank now. I have reduced the lighting period down to 8 hours a day and dosing once a week for now on ferts. I think the main issue is that all on my water sprite has died in this tank except two small plants. Those are getting bigger but still about 90% of the surface of the tank is not covered. I have no clue why my Water sprite stopped growing and died. I think some of it was the algae and oddly enough I think the algae took over cause the water sprite stopped growing. I also think some of that was caused by the temp being almost 80 in the tank. I have since turned it down to 76 in hopes that this will be a good temp for every thing to get back to "normal".

I am sad about the Apple snail but have no clue how old it was as I got it from a member on here. I actually got 3 but one died shortly after I got it. My daughter was helping me with transferring them into the tank and dropped one. So that left me with the two I had which apparently were a breeding pair. There had laid numerous clusters of eggs but I would always destroying them for one reason or another. Mainly cause I would end up knocking them off not knowing there were there. A couple of times they would lay them on the glass right under the lights and they would dry out. Well they laid some with me not seeing there and now I have bunches of babies. I don't have any pics or videos right now but will see if I can get some later this week so ya can understand what I am talking about.

In the Badis tank the Crypts have almost completely melted. There are just a couple of sprouts poking up through the substrate that are bare. I honestly don't think they will come back but will let them be for a couple of weeks. I would be ecstatic at this point if any make it through it. I have some ideas what to do if they don't make it up still have to look around for different plants.

I have also been holding out on y'all and not sharing my new arrivals in this tank. 2 weeks ago I picked up 9 new fish and they are settling in well into this tank. I was told earlier that I was being stingy and I needed to share them on here. I had my reason and will keep them to myself as to why I haven't posted them and was told that the fish were fine and I shouldn't worry.

So here are some crappy short video and pics



















Once again all done with my cellphone. One of these days I will actually take a video with my video camera.

The Corydoras habrosus have settled in pretty well now. They are all eating and seem to be happy. I have been feeding them NLS small fish formula as they seem to love it the best out of what I have for food. Its seems to be the prefect size for them. I also a couple times a week throw in algae tablets for them. They like that too but its doesn't seem to be their favorite.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:29 PM   #519
 
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HOORAY!!!

I'm so happy to see you feeling positive again, I know just how distressing it can be when things all seem to be going wrong at once in a tank. Been there, it's never fun.

Algae and Watersprite. . . meh, I have no doubt in my mind that you'll get lil' HePuff's tank whipped back into shape in no time. Just a part of the game, neh?

I had a feeling there was a missing piece to the puzzle. . . I say who needs crypts when you can have Cories instead? I'm still holding out hope that they'll return, but if not - ppppppft em! We live and learn, all of us. I'll be looking forward to the next chapter in these pretty little tanks of yours.

Your little Salt-and-Peppers are LOVELY, and oh-so-cute. They seem like a great fit for your tank to me, and I'm sure they'll thrive under your care! Everything does - you shouldn't doubt yourself so much! Thank you for sharing these ADORABLE lil' guys with us! Very much waiting for you to bust out the 'real' video camera and give us a tour *hint hint* I'm so jealous - I want ALL of your FISSSSHHHHH!!!! ::green::

Don't worry too much on the Apple snails. They aren't a terribly long-lived creature when kept in tanks, and like you said - you didn't know how old they were when you brought them home. Apples are perfectly comfortable in a broad range of temps, but the warmth of a tropical tank does speed up their metabolism, and thus, their lifespans. Not a bad thing, just the way they are. But you have BABIES! So here's to another round of Apples!

Another yay that your new shrimpies seem to be doing so well!

GAH! I just love happy posts!


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Old 04-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #520
 
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LoL ok Jes got the hint and am uploading some now.
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