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 #558  by opae ula related
 04 Jun 2016 20:51
Cool! How many do you plan to get?
odin wrote:
opae ula related wrote:Is this for Alpha Opae Ula?
Close! im having a shuffle around and moving the deep red shrimps into this new tank eventually and this will free up the ready mature tank for some Alphas hopefully.
 #565  by odin
 05 Jun 2016 00:24
I'm not sure yet, they seem expensive. I'd love to try and breed them though.
 #616  by odin
 09 Jun 2016 17:51
9th June 2016
I took a water sample test today and the readings are as follows:

PH: 8.4
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm
Nitrates: 10 - 20ppm

By rights the tank shows it as being cycled but in less then a week its no where near safe for shrimps, the Biodigest i added is eating any ammonia and nitrites and creating nitrates. As soon as i see some algae growing i will re test and add a few test shrimp to see how they get on. The seeded substrate and algae i placed in the tank will continue to speed things up also.

if i had not of dosed the additive i would probably only be seeing an ammonia spike by now.
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 #761  by odin
 21 Jun 2016 18:56
21st June 2016
Dosed the tank with biodigest again, still alot of bubbles on the heater and glass sides from being new but they are slowly leaving.
 #850  by odin
 05 Jul 2016 09:42
05th July 2016
Sorry for the lack of updates but not much has really changed with this tank, ive just been letting it mature and have added some algae from one of my existing tanks. The brown algae has started to form on all of the glass so it shows it is coming along nicley, still no shrimp or snails in there yet!
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 #897  by odin
 23 Jul 2016 18:29
23rd July 2016
Well today i got bored and it got the better of me :lol: i tested the water quality of this tank and I have;
  • Ammonia - 0ppm
  • Nitrites - 0ppm
  • Nitrates - 5 - 10ppm
  • PH - 8.4ppm
What ever Ammonia and Nitrates are or were produced have been turned into Nitrates so i know the tank has cycled! I cleaned the front glass of algae and replaced around 50% of the tank water with fresh brackish water i made up from scratch, this should lower the Nitrates.

I have added 5 or 6 Kamikaze shrimp to test out the tank but im 99% sure all is fine for them. Here is the tank results prior to swapping out some fresh brackish water.
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 #899  by Ann
 24 Jul 2016 02:07
Yay! Love it! What a great job! They look so cute exploring.
Ann
 #988  by odin
 07 Aug 2016 19:34
7th August 2016
Added 10 or so Opae ula shrimp from my breeder tank #03 to this black lava rock setup, i didnt want the other few already in here getting lonely! :laugh:
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 #1011  by odin
 16 Aug 2016 20:05
Thought id post a quick update for this tank, the Opae ula i put in have turned super red! The water must be just right for them. Im wishing i would have used black lava rock in my breeder tank but you live and learn :nerner:
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