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  1. Just added another light to my 30 gallon and went with the nicrew based on several recommendations in the past, here is it compared to the beamworks da6500 i already had for it. First picture is both, second is nicrew only, last picture is beamworks only. Nicrew seems much much dimmer than the beamworks and doent actually seem to make it much brighter than just beamworks alone but if my dwarf baby tears finally start carpeting i guess ill know its enough additional to acheive my goal. Anyway if you are poor like me and looking for a budget light i think beamworks is the better buy for a little more money and ive had good results with just it.
  2. I use those cuddlefish wonderbones that are ground up and reconstituted since i need tons of calcium for my shrimp and snails and before i started using it i think my kh was around 8 now its at 13. May be many better options our there but thats just my personal experience.
  3. I think i mis explained what i meant, the part of that conical intake cage that doesnt fit into the tube could be sealed so they cant climb through the gaps. Planning another 10% water change tomorrow. To top off my shrimp deaths lost 2 of the 5 otos i recently got in the last day. Couldnt quartine like normal since they need something more established to feed so hopefully no disease. The body i found had a pretty bloated belly and the other dissapeared. I floated them and added little tank water to their bag every hour or so for about 8 hours before releasing them in the tank since the store told me to transition them slowly, i really need them for string algae control on my plants.
  4. I can stick that down the tube of one of my sponge filters and seal it with silicone if it doesnt stick in the full depth of the cage and have it power it instead of the airstone in it now and not have to worry about baby shrimp right?
  5. Been running co2 in that tank about as long as its had shrimp but i probably dont have it dialed in ideally because i rely on a drop checker as an alarm and just increased the flow rate of co2 until it started turning yellow during the day then backed off until it started getting that lighter green that comes before yellow near the end of the day and called it good.
  6. No idea what powdered c02 is unless it would be crushed dry ice and no i dont use that. Have gas co2 injected via a diffuser with a regulator and 5lb bottle. Do use excel to help control algae but dont count that as c02 .
  7. Sorry i thought i replied right after yall but apparently it was stuck here in the reply box. Are powerheads shrimplet safe or would they be a vacuum/blender? If they are is there a very inexpensive model available on Amazon that is reliable and safe?
  8. Temp varies from one end of the tank to the other but is stable and it only varies a couple degrees from end to end. I forgot to mention the ph at the co2 end is 7.4 but the opposite end was 8.5. They hang out in the hortwort on the left a lot and its right beside the heater and in front of the filter so flake food gets pushed down in hornwort for them. Dont know exact ages, some were mid size and couple adults. Some babies might be getting eaten but i only have guppies, oto cats, and snails with them and im finding bodies not just noticing them missing. What water change regiment would you change too? I was under the impression shrimp prefer stability over frequent changes so i just top off and semi regularly check nitrates and amonia to make sure my fertilizing is still keeping me in what i assume is best range of 10-20ppm and nothing is out of whack.
  9. Been keeping neocardinia about a year and only found a couple dead in that time, ive found at least 5 this week and need advice. Kh 8 gh 13 78°f amonia 0 nitrates 10ish tds 575 heavily planted liquid rock tap water safe declorinator powder co2 injection 2 sponge filters and a marineland 350 55 gallon feed omega one freshwater flakes and occasional peas and zucchini. Havent done a water change in probably 6 months because my nitrates stay at zero unless i fertilize ans i use easy green easy iron and excel to help control algae, consulted with my lfs earlier and he reccomended a 10% water change in the meantime but suggested seeking further advice because his expertise is saltwater and he doesnt want to steer me wrong with shrimp.
  10. Is anyone aware of measuring spoons corresponding to various tank sizes to dose safe? Is any mathmatizer willing to tell me a weight measurement that can be weighed on the standard $10 digital weed scale for 10,20,30, and 55 gallon tanks? Pic of my favorite little buddy as thanks.
  11. I'll try to find a way to get some soon but it cant be today or probably even this week. I dont run c02 at night it comes on with my light for 8 hours. How would you go about catching shrimp when most of them stay pretty well hidden? Is there a simple way to raise my hardness with stuff most people have around? I break a piece of reconstituted cuddlefish bone in after each water change to make sure shrimp and snails have enough calcium already but clearly it's not enough.
  12. I'm sorry I passed your reply kristen's, I cant vaccume because so little of the bottom is visible and I have shrimplets. I dont have any of the products you mention, I dechlorinate with tetra, this tank has been going since October or so in this iteration but if you think I need more bacteria to help out I could always squeeze out a couple sponge filters from other tanks I know are disease free that I'm not having a die off in.
  13. 78f airation is 2 sponge filters with air stones and penguin 350 hob. I'm very worried about my shrimp too and think the gh and kh both changing with the first drop I'm worried there too.
  14. My guppies are dropping fast. Everything is quarantined and treated before going in the tank, parameters are usually stable but I've had higher nitrates around 40 lately and I'm assuming its because I'm so heavily planted and dont see when they die so they have a chance to rot and now I have ammonia so obviously water change now even though I did 50% of the 55 about 3 days ago. Interesting thing to me is both gh and kh turned on the first drop and we have liquid stone here and even with all the plants its usually 4 and 7. Co2 was added a couple months ago and I admit I dont test ph often enough but it comes out of the tap around 7.6-7.8 and if I'm reading the test right I'm around 6. I added 7 caps of excel yesterday to help me with the black beard algae and lost several since, enough that we actually found bodies and we almost never find them since we have shrimp and snails taking care of that sort of thing and we dont usually have a spike when the population self regulates.
  15. My nitrates were staying at 0 before as confirmed by the computer checker at the store which is why I started using the easy green because I'm so heavily planted and lightly stocked. I've kept them around 20 since started fertilizing but this week it skyrocketed to 80 but I beleive its because so much of what I treated with peroxide killed the leaves too and they fell on the bottom and rotted in the undergrowth so I upped weekly change from 10-30% and moved a lot of frogbit from another tank to drop it further since 30% is already pushing my comfort zone with neocardinia. It's a 55 gallon, how much excel would you dose on what schedule for a heavy outbreak with guppies and neo? My co2 comes on same time as the lights and drop checker starts turning green about 6 hours in with a 2" jraldi diffuser, 4 bubbles per second, 30psi, should I expect that to help reduce the algae that's already here or will it just keep it away after I wipe it out completely? My aeration is from a penguin 350 hob and 2 sponge filters with an air stone in them so I think my gas exchange is fairly high. I have val, frogbit, anarchis, guppy grass, java moss, java fern, suswassertang, rotala, star repens, some kind of short heavy blade carpeting grass, some kind of super bright pink stuff, cabomba, hornwort, and some stuff I cant identify, I dont have room on bottom to plant more and lots of stuff is floating. Light is a beamworks da6500 I think 60w.
  16. If you wanted to cap your gravel with sand it's much easier to plant in. When I just had flourite I ziptied a nut on the stems and buried it and it worked ok.
  17. Not saying its right or best but I usually move one of the filters from a tank I specifically keep an extra filter for quick starting and plant usually from another tank that's been going a while and add a few fish right away and I've had good results but I dont expect it to be able to handle a full load right away but since I'm just getting into breeding and only start with a trio it works for me.
  18. I have a horrible algae problem that is wiping out most of my plants and grows several inches long off my hob that started a few months back when I was running the beamworks light an average of 12-16 hours per day and only using flourish micro but it was pretty minor and not widespread and I actually liked the look, I have since put my lights on an 8 hour timer and started using easy green and easy iron because my nitrates were staying at zero, and I added co2 a month or so back I have removed the vast majority of my val because cutting it back almost to the ground well below any algae I saw didn't stop it, I've dipped everything in straight peroxide hoping that would for sure do it and even if I killed the leaves the stems would survive but that also failed because even though there is new growth from the stems of the plants that mostly died the algae came back to them and I'm lost. I'm sorry I cant organize my thoughts into proper sentences without spending the next hour and a half editing this but I'd be very grateful for the advice if anyone can help me save my little buddies.
  19. Can you give more specific advice on tiptoeing up to the correct level and how I will know when I'm there?
  20. Just set up co2 today, running 30ish psi about 1.5 bubbles per second, 2" jraldi diffuser in a 55 gallon, how many hours should I expect it to run before the drop checker turns green with the checker on the opposite end? I have guppies and neocardinia, everything I've read says 30ppm is too much for the shrimp and that's the level my checker is supposed to change and I'd hate to surpass the ideal level before it tells me. does anyone have first hand experience they can share to make sure I dont kill my critters in the pursuit of nicer plants?
  21. I'm so sorry to hear that, as good a job as you did the first time I'm sure you will do even better this time around.
  22. I cant tell colors well, I think ammonia is either zero or under .25ppm, nitrite 0, and somewhere between 20-30ppm nitrate but the orange is really hard for me to tell. Ps you blew me away getting the test kit to east Tennessee in under 2 days for free shipping.
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