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  1. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Well nothing is getting better. I lose at least 4 shrimp a week. I'm not sure what happened but I took the tank down. Bathed the shrimp in some salt and relocated them into larger, cycled tanks. I was able to save 19 out of the original 30+. Here's hoping they thrive with more space and more...
  2. KatNor21

    Fuzzy white stuff on floater roots

    I have some volunteer duckweed? It's looking beautiful but what is this on the roots?
  3. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Found a wiggly worm on my shrimp's head this morning and what in the world is on the glass?? Could either of these be the culprit?
  4. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    I feed shrimp food twice a week and a tiny bit of frozen food twice a week
  5. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Oh, and also. I have a scarlet badis now, so how come worms and whatever the tiny white specks are are thriving? :\
  6. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    An update: I've been changing 30% of the water every other day, keeping a close eye on things, not feeding too much, and treating the tank with conditioner and bottled bacteria every day whether I change the water or not. Haven't had a death in several days, and then this morning I wake up to...
  7. KatNor21

    How does one afford this hobby??

    Something I definitely need to work on. 😁
  8. KatNor21

    How does one afford this hobby??

    You know I've done that a couple times and one of them literally cracked when I filled it. 😭
  9. KatNor21

    How does one afford this hobby??

    Good idea, but it's kinda hard to get going with a business like that, isn't it?
  10. KatNor21

    How does one afford this hobby??

    It's the dang substrate and plants. Especially when you've just started out and keep accidentally killing things. 😬
  11. KatNor21

    How does one afford this hobby??

    Not only am I married, but I have 2 young kids as well! 🤣😬
  12. KatNor21

    How does one afford this hobby??

    Let's be real for a second. 😂 How do you afford this hobby? I'm a beginner, as in, less than 6 months into it. I have 3 tanks and enjoy aquascaping and fishkeeping, but I've spent SOOO much money. Like, hundreds and hundreds. To make matters worse, practically every time I run into a problem and...
  13. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    No, but the tank has some calcium supplements (crushed coral/wonder shell) because my tap water is very soft. I think temperature might be the bigger issue though. Typically I fill a bucket, treat it, then slowly siphon the water into the tank. Hard to be sure it's the same temperature.
  14. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Are you able to ensure the new water has the same parameters? It's something I can't do very well. I am aware of the mixing colors and I'm OK with it. :)
  15. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Do they eat these leaves? I'm not sure what you mean. Also I've cut way down on feeding as that was the original issue and now I have a better idea of how much to feed. And I don't feed every day.
  16. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Ok I spent the extra money to get an EPI master test kit. Two dead shrimp yesterday - both red rilis, one juvie and one adult. Tested the water - ammonia 0, nitrite 0.25ppm. Did a water change, added bottled bacteria, and some good calcium-rich food.
  17. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    Why not? I was thinking of getting some.
  18. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    I think what happened was, while I was cycling the tank to prepare for the shrimp, I put in some fish food. It probably was too much and the tank got overrun with pests/worms. I felt as though the tank was cycled when I added the shrimp. But perhaps they were being killed by sneaky planaria from...
  19. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    I don't know what else to do at this point. Changing more than 20% will kill them too. And how do you account for the ones that died when it WAS 0?
  20. KatNor21

    I keep losing shrimp

    As I said in the post, I'm getting readings for nitrite because I had to change out the gravel because of pest worms and such. I don't think it's the cause of my problems because shrimp were dying when the tank was cycled previously. I use Aquarium Co-Op test strips and ammonia is 0. I use...
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