I'm so busy all the time these days. There's always something that needs doing that keeps me from the forums. Just came here after getting off the phone from my boss yelling at me for showing up 2 hours late today cos I was taking care of my wife who is as sick as a dog.
Sorry for depressing post. The happy bits are here now:
I will try to upload the pics soon as I can. I need to change my tanks water now.
I found a way to stop shrimps getting into the filter. I chopped up a filter sponge and tied it to the inlet. My shrimp like hanging out on it.
Athena is not eating so I am going to try her on honey tonight.
Good hear you wife on the mend, hope she recovers quickly.
Some good pics there, Athena really coming on now and showing her personality. Sweet!
How did you tie the sponge to filter intake, I'd like to do the same thing to my tank before adding shrimps when the cycle finished.
( btw my BiOrb Flow now no longer used, long story! Now have Aqua Nano 30, so much better! )
So, I have an infestation. :O
there is about 50 tiny little bugs that might be water beetles which must have come in on the plants. They're about 1mm long and there's lots of babies. I'll try to get some pics later on. Should I be worried? I don't think I could kill them all. There's just so many! They seem peaceful enough. My blond snail both died of unknown causes. They laid eggs so I have a few baby snails. Hopefully they'll do better than they're parents. Like orphans.
I don't think it matters that the snails are 'orphans' - snails aren't known for being very good at parenting in the first place.
Regarding the 'beetles'... you could try to siphon out as many as you see and take your chances on the rest. Possibly just a larval stage of something... but they could be a problem. Without a pic to try to ID them, then there's really no way to know.
The tank is going fine all levels good. The moss has grown and the beetle population is coming under control. Haven't seen any baby shrimps yet. There is about 5 blond baby snails oozing about. There is algae on the walls.