3ish Month Update & AqAdvisor
: Added 3 cherry shrimp, lost 1 immediately and never saw again, idk if he's still alive or sucked in the filter or what. And i only really see the 1 big one, medium one is iffy. And 5 more neon tetras 1-2 weeks ago they had torn fins and sunken in bellies. One was super lathargic, wasn't eating and kinda swimming "randomly" his fins weren't torn, I believe he was one of the original 3. Ended up dying the other day
immediately checked the water parameters and they were normal. I can't tell if the fins are healing, they are white on the ends and some look to be getting bigger i'd imagine it'd take a while. Their aggression is near minimum now, i only notice it when they're super spread out. Which i'm happy about, thanks ShihTzu.
- A few days later I added an algae wafer for my snails and they ate the heck out of it so some of their stomachs were bulging, thought they'd explode... stopped doing algae wafers since the snails/shrimp weren't even able to get to it. Curious if i'm over feeding, I've been doing 2 day tetra color flakes (crunched up small pinch 2 times a day), 1 day freeze dried blood worms, very few flakes or a fasting day, 1 day betta pellets and the next new life spectrum.
: Bought some scarlet temple, Monte carol, and water sprite. Scarlet temples leaves started melting (near all of them, scared me) and some of the roots started melting. Cut the bad parts off and replanted. Floating some of the Monte Carlo and planted the rest, however Donivan likes getting into it and unplanted it...
Last week i bought some excel and been adding 1/2 the dosage every 3 days alongside iron and flourish.
: Amazon flame sword (front left one) looks to be doing pretty badly. Most of the leaves are turning yellow, though i noticed a new leaf today so idk. My anubias and java ferns have finally started growing as well, seeing lots of little new leafs forming and the rhizomes seem to be getting bigger. Crypts are taking over found like 6 new off shoots with 1-2 leaves growing already
. Moved amazon sword to my friends tank, it wasn't doing the greatest in mine and figured it'd help theirs. Red Melon sword is doing fantastic. A new leaf every week and 2 or so inches on the old ones. I've got lots of deteriorating IALs, hope the shrimp will start feasting on them, i'm too lazy to pick them up 1 by 1 and can't vac them up w/o uprooting my plants.
Seeing lots of little "snails" in my tank but none that's gotten more than a millimeter big, not sure if they're being eaten by the fish or dying. Mainly notice after nighttime when i turn the tank lights on, they seem to go back into the substrate. White algae/bacteria growth on the wood again, been leaving the lights on full strength on normal white mode w/ red and then the lowest magenta at night. I'd like to grow green algae but i think the snails are doing too good of a job.
: Oxygen, i put a prefilter above the output and the flow is suuper low, it looks like the food is just floating there sometimes which i know bettas like. But is it too low? I also noticed Donivan going up for air a lot, i know i have a lot of plants and they're growing which produce oxygen. But is there a way to know if i have enough//too little?
- Also seeing lots of little "snails?" in my tank but none that's gotten more than a millimeter big, not sure if they're being eaten by the fish or dying. Mainly notice after nighttime when i turn the lights on, they seem to go back into the substrate//disappear.
: Thinking about adding more shrimp most likely amano. Maybe a trapdoor snail and ramshorn snail, i think i'll wait on more plants, see how these grow out.
I'm also moving in about 2 months. Anyone have any tips for that? I know for the fish i can get a bucket, an air stone and heater and they should be fine. But what about the plants, substrate and the actual tank itself?