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 #8368  by QDanT
 29 Aug 2019 19:22
All's well in Shrimp land :smile:
still feeding a 'match head' size of Spirulina each day and the Algae's grown back on the tank walls to such an extent I cleaned the front glass to take better photo's. They'll all be feeding on the tank wall Algae but as soon as I lift the glass tank cover there's a stampede for the top, and to think when there were only the first 12 in the tank if I went near they'd hide for days !
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 #8371  by odin
 30 Aug 2019 05:56
That’s great! Congratulations. So when is tank 2 being setup? :)


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 #8391  by QDanT
 03 Sep 2019 15:29
odin wrote: 30 Aug 2019 05:56 That’s great! Congratulations. So when is tank 2 being setup? :)
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it's a matter of Logistics, or should I say money, the nearest RO water is a 50 mile round trip away and they charge £2:50 for 5 gallon, bring your own container, so a rough calculation thats x15 containers = £37:50 and 750 mile in round trips at 45 mpg = £90. The food grade water container cost £8 so I don't want to buy more to only use them a couple of times, though it will save petrol costs. I've looked at 5 Stage RO & DI resin reverse osmosis water filter systems which seem to cost around £75, but are they any good ?
The Amano shrimp in the front room tank
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are coming to the end of their life cycle and I've not added any new ones, so if I empty it give it a good clean out, new gravel, would you boil the Lava rocks and ocean rock to sterilize ? i.e. get rid of the fresh water Bacteria and start from new with Brackish RO water and BioDigest or just give them a scrub off, give the tank a couple of weeks to settle then add the small Opae tank in one go ?
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don't seem to be able to shoot a vid in Macro andthe camera will not focus so near the tank but you'll get the idea
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 #8392  by opae ula related
 03 Sep 2019 16:09
Nice pics! You can keep the water in the front room tank. Increase salinity level by .002 each week and the freshwater bacteria will convert to brackish bacteria.
 #8393  by QDanT
 03 Sep 2019 17:53
opae ula related wrote:Nice pics! You can keep the water in the front room tank. Increase salinity level by .002 each week and the freshwater bacteria will convert to brackish bacteria.
that would shure save money, I could take the Lava rocks out and keep them in a bucket of tank water while I syphonsome of the the mucky gravel out and put some fresh in then the rocks back and +.002 SG each week till it reaches SG 0.12 then I could top up with RO at .012 couple of vials of BioDigest and add a few Opae. I'll have no problem netting a few in the feeding frensy :grin3:
 #8394  by QDanT
 04 Sep 2019 15:51
Just checked the water in each tank, must be the first time this year
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PH - 8.2, NH3 - 0PPM, NO2 - 0PPM, NO3 - 0PPM
they all seem happy and still lots of berried females
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PH - 7.4, NH3 - 0PPM, NO2 - 0PPM, NO3 - 40PPM
Looks like I'll have to bring the Nitrate down, water changes ?
put the Cheato algae in for a few weeks before the Opae ? any ideas ?
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 #8400  by odin
 06 Sep 2019 06:01
Yup water change is needed to bring it down or get some plants!


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