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  1. Well I have to figure out what is right for me, and I need some help doing so. In the last month I have lost 2 shrimp. Could have been natural but I am not sure. One of them turned completely black and that is how I found it on the bottom of my tank (I have red cherry shrimp). Everyone seems to be eatin well. I feed twice a week with Shrimpee, nano balls and fish flake ground to powder. I give a good feed on Wednesday and a smaller feed on Sat or Sun. Today when I fed the powder it fell slowly and looked like it was suspended. As I looked around it I could see whispy cloudy forms, they are not big so I think this has just begun. It is not distinct enough to take a picture. What I am really getting at is that after months and months of no issues the environment seems to be changing. I want to figure this out and get ahead of it if this is not a good change. If it is not a harmful change, I want to understand it. I have learned a ton in the last 9 months however I am still only 8 months a newbie.
  2. I have a wonderful 7 gallon planted tank with tetras, Ramshorn snails, cherry shrimp, Corys and Oto. I have had big time snail outbreaks and algea on my plants. I have been told that at one time I over fed leading to the snail bloom. I was also told to vaccum the substrate. I now have Green Spot Algea and have lowered the light and fertilized the plants. Along the way of discussions re: the algea I have received conflicting advice regarding the cleanliness of the substrate and schedule of cleaning the tank. My prior cleaning schedule was only when the filter (back tank filter with bio balls and a sponge) needed to be cleaned (brown water cycling through it). Thoughts?
  3. That is not logical, nothing is goiing to eat the weight and items don't just disappear. I would assume that it got caught on something and pulled out without you noticing.
  4. I have decreased the light although it was 50% for 5 hours. What is PO4?
  5. Any thoughts about this type of algea? Apparently I have it. From what I understand it is either a light problem or a nutrient problem. I have my light on 50% for 5 hours from 4:00 PM to 9:00PM. It has been that way for almost a year, although this is the first Spring I have had my tank and the light has changed I am sure. There was also a suggestion to treat it with Liquid Carbon to clean the plants. I recently lost a couple of shrimp, could this be the reason?
  6. Did you locate the weight? If so was the plant chewed down?
  7. Thank you all for your reponses. I am less than a year into being a keeper. My parameters are rock steady and good. When I look at the edges of the substrate against the glass it is definately brown. If I put a new plant in or rocks get kicked up that kicks up a lot of detritus. Are you saying this is okay? I guess that makes sense because a stream would have the same stuff in it although a stream has moving water.
  8. I have the same with Ramshorn snails. Someone suggested crush the little ones and it is free food. Hmmmmm.
  9. That is what I thought about an Octo as he was face down and did not move when I poked his tail. Turns out a pebble had fallen and he was stuck. He's Free!
  10. This is my tank. The plants are attached to two pieces of wood. I have been "vacuuming" around the wood however I am noticing the substrate needs are really good cleaning. I have Tetras, shrimp + a bunch of babies and a few corys in the tank. It would be a big disruption however I am thinking I need to remove the wood and do a really good vacuum. Do you think this is too distruptive to the inhabitants?
  11. Perhaps find a newbie keeper and tutor them to get them started with the tank product you have loved so much. They can purchase their own tanks and you can put yours away until you are completely sure you don't want to keep any more.
  12. I have three Corrys in a 7 gallon tank. It is planted and hardscaped and I never see them. Do I have to worry about that or are they more nocturnal?
  13. Thank you AFNB - I'm learning something every day. I tend to think they did run their course. Interesting note, one that I found today had turned completely black which tells me it had died a while ago. Interesting that they other shrimp or the snails did not clean it up.
  14. Bookkeeper here - An Invoice is asking for payment and records the order items and sales tax plus any discounts and total. A Sales Receipt records payment having been made and lists items, sales tax, discounts and total. You use an Invoice when someone owes you money. You use a Sales Receipt when you have already been paid and need to document the transaction.
  15. Here are all of my new babies. the gray snail on its side is the Daddy and the golden colored one is an dead snail whose shell I left in the tank to remineralize. I know Daddy's shell looks rough, I am treating the water to remineralize as well, plus there is crussed coral in the tank.
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