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The shrimp I found at the 11th hour yesterday after the 4 hour rebuild did not survive the trauma he went through just before I saw it. I left its body in there because I heard shrimp will eat dead ones. This morning when I saw the body again, I thought I had lost another shrimp & freaked out for the second day in a row. Full Moon, perhaps??? I could only see one or two shrimp and got scared that something in the new dirt was killing them off, & I was just fed up. Action was needed.
PLUS I thought the nerite snail was dead! He was pulled further into his shell than I saw before and wouldn't 'stick' to anything. I just couldn't accept this, though, and put him in the holding tub with the shrimp, determined for it to live!
This all forced a premature set up of the 5 gal
(my order from Alpha Pro Breeders just shipped today due to recent single digit temps), and so I went out to get another heater, a couple plants, and some CaribSea Flora Max Planted Aquarium substrate. I'm re-using the 3i because the Betta really doesn't need it. I got him an airstone, though.
Well, except for the water clearing the rest of the way, it is all done, and you SHOULD SEE the shrimp!!!!! They are swimming ALL OVER the place & we are all "bursting happy." AND the nerite snail is alive and well!!!
I could not be a more over-joyed Mom!!!
You know, I never EVER thought about keeping shrimp until last week, but the little buggers have just grown on me so bad. They are cute cute cute, and now I get to see how frisky, too.
Meanwhile, the dirt with composted wood & who knows what in the 2 gal
bowl is still causing headaches with floating material. Now that the shrimp and snail are out, Al Fajr (Sunrise) may be in for ANOTHER bowl rebuild with the potting soil getting nixxed - and replaced with the Flora Max. (NOW what am I gonna do with the other substrate when it comes??? Hint: I think a 10 gal
is in my future.)
The ONLY part I am nervous about is I am just back in fish keeping after 22 years, since Jan 23 (read: I am RUSTY), and my RCS & Orange Bee are in an UNCYCLED tank!! I put approximately 3 pints or maybe a quart of the previous tank water in there, plus the 3i with the media that's been in there since 1/23, and some Tetra Safe Start bacteria. My question is, do you guys think my shrimp will be okay in a new tank? Should I do a 25% WC
every day, or what do you suggest that will keep my shrimp alive? I have fallen in love with this tiny creatures.
Appreciate any advice!!