Okay, yeah I thought my bio-load was kinda borderline, wasn't sure about that. Okay, I'll try to answer all of that.
First, I was feeding them once maybe 2x a day. Obviously no longer at this point. Every other day seems fine.....correct ?
Second, Water changes was being done with tap water. I have a buddy at work who told me it was ok, but even he just went to a RO
system. Nice to know that,....just found out today from him. He told me that he has a Y-gate setup in his laundry room for his washer water and it cost him $125 for this setup. He said using 5 gallon buckets he can fill 2 of them in 6 hours. Sound good >??? Any other ideas ??
I don't test for phosphates, not sure how to. This has been a hork of a mess for me and I just got a call from my bro that my final cleaner shrimp just keeled over....nice. I'm thinking of selling this thing if I can't get it right. PLEASE help a guy out here.
I have these strips that test Nitrites, Nitrates, Alkalinity, and PH
. Everything is good except my Nitrites.....I think. My ammonia was too high before and it's why I lost my other 2 shrimp. Is there a kit that is fairly inexpensive to test all these things ??
Lastly , is there anything on the market to help seriously reduce my (Green) algae outbreak I'm having at this point??
Oh yeah, what is the purple algae ??