Originally Posted by jeffaquarius
There is also a chance that your constant work on your tank is creating stress on your fish. BTW cycling means the tank has matured that enough good bacteria has been established that there is a balance of converting ammonia or other toxic (nitrite) into less toxic nitrate and nitrogen. It's not partial changing of water. What is ammonia reading so far?
I'm sorry have you read this entire thread? Because I told Bray84 almost that exact first sentence of yours and he contested how wrong I was there.
I joined this forum for advice and at fist I was so delighted at how helpful and nice everyone here was. I received tons of helpful advice however, on this thread I seem to getting attacked for some reason.
BTW It was an overly mature tank when I received it. The cycling calls for me to what? Clean the tank and the rocks. This aquarium was a neglected purple slime mess and that would mean unbalance more bad than good bacterias. Hmm so if I keep cycling umm maybe it'll start balancing on an equal level. The most "constant work" I do on my tank is daily feeding, temperature check, fin count, and my favorite observation. I take notes of what I do, tests, water changes, adding anyone new, etc.
My ammonia tests have always been fine. I haven't let any of the tests go too far off target. The main ones that go off target are pH and Nitrate but they've only been slightly off.
I agree with too much food being available for the bristleworms, I double checked my filter and rock rubble to ensure the oxygen exchange thru the flow system. I did see a bit of an issue and I fixed it. I know the skimmer is fine it's new. If it was copper my plants would show fertility issues which it's opposite. The plants are growing amazingly. They are taking in some of the nitrates and if it weren't for them I'm sure my nitrate tests would be way off.
I began this thread because No I'm not familiar with all the possible reason that a shrimp won't survive in the tank. Originally I noticed my half alive shrimp being tickled by the bristleworms so therefore I blamed them. Forgive me. But I look into each persons advice seriously if its not trying to 1) insult my intelligence 2) requires me to keep repeating myself when I think everyone has a scroll and back button.
Now was there some advice you're offering or are you just having your fun trying to bully someone?