Originally Posted by Tommy
So its been 7 days since I set up my 20 litre planted aquarium, it has 4 cherry shrimp, 3 small Kuhli Loaches and I just put 5 Cardinal Tetras in today. My question is how do I know if my loaches are eating? I know they eat at night and im not expecting to see them eat, but every day just before I turn my light off I drop a small amount of 1mm sinking pellets in the tank.
Ive started noticing un eaten pellets on the floor of my tank with a clearish algae growing around them. Im only putting a very very small amount of pellets in so I cant see why there would be any left over unless they are not eating them... The only thing I can think of is they dont like them or they are eating my plants instead like my java moss or something? They seem healthy and still swim around at night.ught
Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
I would remove any uneaten foods from the tank that i could get to with syphon,or turkey baster.
Your tank is very new and overstocked with the five cardinal tetra's just added?
Have you read about the nitrogen cycle in new aquariums?
Fishes,fish food,fish poop, produce ammonia which is toxic to your pets and the more fishes added,the more ammonia is present.
Your plant's are in my view the only thing preventing the ammonia levels in such a new tank from poisoning your present fishes and to be safe,,,I would remove half the water from the five gal tank at the very least,,once each day and replace the water you take out with fresh dechlorinated water that was close to same temp as the aquarium.
Would feed the tank a tiny amount of flake food once every couple days for the next month. hopefully this will prevent toxins like ammonia,and nitrites from killing your fish.
Would also purchase a test kit for ammonia and nitrites and would test the aquarium water each day once in the morning,,and once in the evening and be prepared to perform water change of perhaps two gallons.
Lot's of plant's that are thriving, will be your friend during the next month, but I would remove those that die or look to be dying for they too, will contribute to poor water conditions for your fishes,shrimps.
The five gallon tank you just set up would have been about right for shrimp. Is a bit small for three kuhlii's and five tetra's.
Until you get a test kit,,I would just perform daily 50 percent water change with dechlorinator each day and feed very very little.Iif you are seeing uneaten food on the bottom,,then reduce the amount offered.