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New setup for 55 gal.

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants' started by David B. Diehl, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David this would be my main concern long before I start worrying about your tank, and its free.

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  2. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Water comes from city out of a river, they won't fix. Have been being fined by EPA for 5 years now they don't care. Going to use a mix of tap from cooled down hot and RO water as soon as filters arrive. Water that was hot that sat a couple days tested fine. Will eventually probably be all RO water but don't want to stress out plants, shrimp or fish. See about 8 in the filter eating along with baby assassin snails eating pond snails.
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David

    Looks like you have solved that problem now what about all the other concerns.

    Have you calculated the LPH of your filter, greatly reduced your stock to well below the limit because of the breeding fish, started using a quality Bio Starter, increased water changes, cleaning the filter more often and efficiently?

    Personally I thing it would be far better to deal with only one concern at a time to eliminate any confusion in your post.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The 75 gal tank.--Filter pumps 230 gal per hour, did 60% water change, Moved 10 large swordtails. Both kinds of shrimp are out after I changed out the Cyprus and put in cabomba in the corners
     
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    Fish levels are down to 92% according to table. Did a recount, will do again when I feed them.
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    At least its a start.

    Were they males or females? If there are FMs in the tank you will be having the same problems very soon.

    How often are doing the filter cleaning and big water changes?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Both male and female, in tank with other swordtails. Population control is three angle fish.
    Filters are cleaned about once a week. Water changes vary, keep a check on nitrate levels and change accordingly. Right now waiting for RO filter replacements.
    Have shrimp everywhere, find about a dozen in filter every morning along with a fish or two. Both Amano and Cherry.
    I think the shrimp came out when I took the Cyprus out and put cabomba in. They must have been feeding on the dying plant leaves.
    Finding Christmas Moss everywhere, almost as bad as Java Moss. Averaging 2 pint containers to sell a week now.
     
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    David if your population was that high I don't think they were doing such a good job could be because they are still young.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. David B. Diehl

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    just got them last week. Along with the shrimp from a different supplier.
     
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    David

    They will treat the shrimp fry as a starter to a meal as soon as they start getting bigger and always hungry.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. David B. Diehl

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    The shrimp and swordtails are in separate tanks now. Shrimp in 75 gal with the platies and guppies, angles and swordtails in 55 gal. Nothing in 20 gal yet, might do tiny rasboras or a tank of neon tetras.
     
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    Did the research on shrimp, which do what who they get along with etc.. The only problem fish for the shrimp I have were the angles and they've been moved. Plenty of places for them to hide as couldn't find them for a week. Have a moss patch about the size of a soft ball plus what's on the driftwood.
     
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    David

    I don't know where you did your research I have used the site for many years on several forums and would consider it to be the best there is re shrimp "Platties and Guppies" are certainly not on that list.

    Its your tank and all I can do is advise you to the best of my ability.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  15. David B. Diehl

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    Several YouTube sites and the breeder from Aquatic Arts, they have a care guide on their site.
     
  16. David B. Diehl

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    I put this discussion back on the 75 gal post.
     

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