If you have any NEW driftwood that requires cleaning, RCS love to pick at the white fuzzy stuff that grows on NEW mopani/bog/manzanita type woods.
- What did you end up doing with your seed shrimp?
- What type of prepared fish foods are you feeding your RCS?
I have yet to see a seed shrimp get swallowed by a fish. Not sure why they always reject the critters.
Last night with my magnifying glass, I spotted about half dozen ostrocod, some limpets, and 3 copepods in my fry tank.
- BTW, all the jars/vases I kept on my windowsill froze the other day when the temperatures dropped to -10F.
Those semi frozen glass containers with a mixed assortment of plants, thawed out now & the snails & the other tiny organisms are still alive & zipping around. They're quite resilient little critters.
With your new batch of shrimp, it's best to provide as many plants as possible, feed only if they look like they're STARVING. Provide them with a tiny bit of food so it doesn't pollute the water. Set up the automatic timer on the lamps to grow plants & leave the tank alone for a month. Monitor the water & conduct a water change if it's necessary.
I don't know how well effective that vintage style filter is with combating ammonia. You can be the test subject.
That's why I prefer to use 2x-3x the filtration as a preventative measure.
Keep an eye out for the berried females & make a note on the calender when eggs move to the tail section. Watch to see if they DROP the eggs.
Dropped eggs usually means....
- they're stressed (predators, being harrassed)
- there's something wrong with the the water (toxins, lack of nutrients for shell development with low quality food)
- issue with the eggs (infertile, fungus, parasites, etc)