Thanks guys, I'll be more careful with my water changes then.
How do you guys use prime? Do you put it in the new water right before the water change, or you put the prime in, and let the new water sit for a day?
I've been using prime and letting the new water sit for a day.
OH OH OH and how many shrimps do you think a 5 gallon could hold? It's a fluval spec v, and I'm adding a long piece of driftwood for a little bit more surface area.
According to TheShrimpFarm.com where I got my RCS (about 30% DOA with 3 berried mums), you can go up to 10/1g in a planted cycled tank.
Never done that, most I have 6 adults, 15 babies, a Golden Mystery snail, 4 Amanos in my SPEC V. About 5/1g for me. But I think 8/g without other livestock as a shrimp-only tank is possible.
Now I have 1 female CT, 1 female young adult CT, 1 baby CT, 6 adults and 20 RCS babies in the SPEC V. It is planted with 3 stems hygrphilia corymbosa, 1 stem jungle val, 20 stems of anacharis (the RCS babies love it), java moss (4 pebbles wrapped), java fern (2), 1 marimo moss ball (4" diameter), 1 marimo covered dirftwood , 6 stems of Amazon sword.
last nite: 0 amonia & nitrite, 40ppm Nitrate (just put Potassium, Micro fert, and 5cc Aqueon Plant food in the morning).
I do 1.5g WC every 2 days with vacuum every week.
I used to use PRIME, but have been using AmQuel+ because of the baby betta in there. In a previous post on this forum, effectiveness of PRIME is 24-48 hrs depending on the pH. My pH was 7.4 and so effectiveness was reduced to 24hrs. So AmQuel will do it for me for now. I also use Stress Coat+ every now and then.]
also, I turn on the airstone at night so the shrimps have oxygen when there is photosyntheis is slowed down at night. you can tell they (RCS) need it when they are not as red and stay closer to the top versus eating/staying on the substrate.