It's entirely possible you had 2 different species - I know I have
Anyway I'll try and get a pic of mine for you. One is always hiding and the other two weren't out today. It'll be at least tommorow evening though.
No. The bacteria can use either Ammonium (NH4+) or plain ammonia (NH3).
It is good to know the pH of your water as well. Lower pH's can slow down or stall the cycle. Test water out your tap for this as the tank water pH will be increased as Ammonia/Ammonium raises pH.
This brood are missing/dead. It has been a learning curve BUT it means that next time I have some idea about what to do and signs that they have been breeding before I get to the what am I doing?! stage.
And I have BBS on order ready for next time.
I've not had mine for very long. On Friday last week I was greeted with 2 females having spawned. removed one set of eggs to a seperate tank. These went fungal.
Today I woke up and found Mama outside her Cave with 10-15 babies. She has gone back in there while I was out.
I know if any...