meadeam Posted September 19, 2022 Share Posted September 19, 2022 I recently took down three tanks, and consolidated on just one. I'm sure I will branch out into multiple tanks again, but I want to do so thoughtfully instead of in a reactionary fashion. This tank is home to neon tetras, harlequin rasboras, corydoras, mystery snails, red cherry shrimp, and black mollies. The latter I have complained about in a different thread, but I think they'll be ok. Part of the shrimp colony (at least 100, maybe twice that) grew in the presence of black mollies, so I think they would be ok. But I still think I am going to trap the shrimp and move them. I plan to get a single fish to predate the molly fry to keep from getting out of control, and I don't want that fish feeding on shrimp. I still have plants to add. I want as much density as possible down low, while keeping swimming space for the tetras and rasbora in the upper half of the tank. The CO2 is not currently on; I had that running on a different tank. I didn't manage the explosive growth very well, and a few plants took over the tank. I think I will eventually turn it back on, but not until I am sure. When I run the C02, I alternate with an airstone/sponge filter via wifi outlets. It worked well in the past (too well, perhaps). My goal would be to get dense growth, which I know also requires high light. I'll see how things go. I am happy to say I didn't lose a single fish or invertebrate during the tear down, transfer, and rebuild. The cycle stayed up for the most part. I've been seeing some Nitrites in the .25ppm range which I've been treating with Prime and/or water changes. I raised my pH from 6.4 to 7 with crush coral, adding some buffer in the process. I have 0 buffer out of the tap. Hopefully the mollies like that better, I had lost quite a few of them and would have run out if they didn't reproduce. If you look closely in the photo, it appears as though the temp is 79.8. I don't typically run it that warm. I keep my AC at 78 but I had the windows open. 8 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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