Aquarium ... Sort Of!

MancFrost

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Love fish tanks had to give mine up though it was constant so much work i have one tank now an its just cherry shrimp that breed like mad
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I love those moss balls with the pebbles and sand.
I’ve got a planted tank with Cherries and Amanos - two have jumped ship so I’m sorting some acrylic for the top. My cherries breed like crazy, I started with 8 and I now have [unknown] lol.
Does anyone’s bird take a fancy to the tanks? Just had a thought of a sharp nip on the edges haha
 

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My grey Henni spends ages shouting hello to my shrimps and banging her beak on the tank .... Not helpful lol not sure if it's the aquarium light that first attracted her as it's a daylight tube on one of mine.
 

MancFrost

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Haha aww that’s quite cute, for her not for the shrimp😅
Good to know she doesn’t like chewing on the glass.
 

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:watchout: something odd going on with one of the shrimp tanks but not sure what :thinking:
just done full water tests on them and one of them the nitrate level is slightly raised nitrite is zero and nitrate has gone up to 5 ..... But I did do a substrate swap out about two weeks ago.... Done it before without issues.... I can see water changes coming up to try and drop it :BangHead:
 

Zoe220615

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:watchout: something odd going on with one of the shrimp tanks but not sure what :thinking:
just done full water tests on them and one of them the nitrate level is slightly raised nitrite is zero and nitrate has gone up to 5 ..... But I did do a substrate swap out about two weeks ago.... Done it before without issues.... I can see water changes coming up to try and drop it :BangHead:
Urgh worst part about shrimp tanks. Ive never quite figured out why some of the randomness happens then spend hours doing water changes etc!
 

DizzyBlue

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So this morning did water changes to try and drop this nitrate weirdness in the one shrimp tank and did one a fish tank as well.
Going to paint you a picture of more weirdness.....
I also have a tank with some fish in it ... neon tetra, dwarf chain loach and glow tetra. As such I don't do a lot with that tank has loads of plants in it which I grow for the shrimps. So thought do a plant transfer.... Hmmmm there's a few flipping huge shrimps in the tank that got transferred by mistake as very tiny shrimps when I was rotating the moss balls over. The fish tank grows a kind of algae that shrimps go crackers for. But as such I do nothing with that tank I just leave it be.
So did water change tested the water in there which is perfect. Decided to transfer some plants over did that. Stood looking at the fish.... Thinks oh no illness in the tank!!! Those two neon tetra look small skinny and not as bright colours as they should have.
Spent three hours reading up on tetra wasting disease :(
Going to have to separate them off from the others stick them in quarantine tank....
Stood looking for them.... Looking at the tetra.... Hmmmm all look the same now... Ok all five neon tetra feeding together look fine... Dots down with coffee about half hour later glance across nope those two really do look different! Leaps up grabs net ready to catch and transfer errrr hang on 7 neon???? I only have 5! Smaller and slimmer not as shimmery bright looks like the neon bred and two have grown up hiding in the plants and I need to do head counts more often :bird_brain:
Upside...I learned a lot about an illness my fish don't have
 

Zoe220615

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So this morning did water changes to try and drop this nitrate weirdness in the one shrimp tank and did one a fish tank as well.
Going to paint you a picture of more weirdness.....
I also have a tank with some fish in it ... neon tetra, dwarf chain loach and glow tetra. As such I don't do a lot with that tank has loads of plants in it which I grow for the shrimps. So thought do a plant transfer.... Hmmmm there's a few flipping huge shrimps in the tank that got transferred by mistake as very tiny shrimps when I was rotating the moss balls over. The fish tank grows a kind of algae that shrimps go crackers for. But as such I do nothing with that tank I just leave it be.
So did water change tested the water in there which is perfect. Decided to transfer some plants over did that. Stood looking at the fish.... Thinks oh no illness in the tank!!! Those two neon tetra look small skinny and not as bright colours as they should have.
Spent three hours reading up on tetra wasting disease :(
Going to have to separate them off from the others stick them in quarantine tank....
Stood looking for them.... Looking at the tetra.... Hmmmm all look the same now... Ok all five neon tetra feeding together look fine... Dots down with coffee about half hour later glance across nope those two really do look different! Leaps up grabs net ready to catch and transfer errrr hang on 7 neon???? I only have 5! Smaller and slimmer not as shimmery bright looks like the neon bred and two have grown up hiding in the plants and I need to do head counts more often :bird_brain:
Upside...I learned a lot about an illness my fish don't have
Lol we had a swordtail we had her one for two days came down an we had so many tiny ones everywhere alot survived an we got over run ended up shipping them off to the local pet shop
 

DizzyBlue

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Errrr hope that isn't going to happen here!
I am going to be head counting everyday from now on .... sneaky little perishers having young uns!
 

DizzyBlue

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Errrrrmmmmm. :yikes:
just added planaria treatment to one of the tanks :oops::eek::oops:
good grief I know it says water will turn cloudy but it looks like a flipping milk bottle!!!!!!
but if it stops the planaria hunting and slowly killing my shrimp by paralysis then eating them alive so be it 96 hours to first partial water change and counting :watchout:
 

DizzyBlue

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Tank two to be done next the fishy and shrimpy tank... After removing all but my prized gold rams horns which apparently won't be affected unlike some species of nerites...
 

MancFrost

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I did a trim and moved plants about on Sunday and then the water change. I’ve never come across planaria before - I hope I don’t!
 

DizzyBlue

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Scary slithery nasties mine I unfortunately imported into my tanks when I bought new plants and didn't stock plants into a quarantine tank and treat them. Won't be taking that shortcut again :watchout:
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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Your substrate forms a big part of your filtration system. It's packed with good bacteria. Any movement of it even planting can cause changes in your bio Ballance. Wish you lived closer I have moss and plants I just have to chuck in the bin :+(
 
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