beastie Posted March 13 Share Posted March 13 (edited) Will start a journal for this tank, though I suspect I may need a lot of help This tank has weird dimensions, 56 cm x 25 cm x 36 cm and since april 2021, was turned into a shrimp only tank. Tank has no heater, a sponge airfilter with a large sponge. 70% of the tank is java moss, although a lot of the moss is covered in green hair algae. There is some limnobium, some cryptocoryne, some egeria densa. Leaf litter, a ceramic cave, a cholla wood stick. There are around 20 adult red cherry shrimp, no idea how many babies. Two ramshorns, unfortunately the brotia herculea I had there for a year didnt survive my week long vacation. I have added 8 indostomus paradoxus on the 7th of march 2023. They are amazing, but I can already foresee some problems. The fish only hangs out in the bottom space between to substrate and the moss. This means food distribution is a nightmare, because whatever I put in there, gets sucked into the moss, where the fish dont go and I dont know. Means the fish at the bottom wont get food, means the food in the moss will get spoiled. The fish doesnt move much. It hangs in a place, UNDER leaves too, inside the cholla wood, near the plants. And it hangs there, sometimes it swims backwards, forwards aaand that is all. I have seen some attempts at hunting, the artemia, the microworms, but I have also seen the artemia bouncing on its head while the fish did nothing. I am having trouble deciding how much to feed. I assume the fish needs constant food source, given how tiny it is, how small its mouth is. But if I feed there is no visible enthusiasm, no dashing to eat the food that would indicate the fish is hungry. They sort of behaved this way right after I put them in the tank, they hanged more together, they would dash around, hunt the artemia, even saw one fish swim upwards on the right side in the open area. Since then, I didnt even see the eight of them all at once and I have seen no attempt at active swimming or hunting. I am brewing an infusoria culture from a dried pellet, I have microworms and I fed baby brine shrimp in the beginning for three days in small doses Who is enthusiastic about my feeding is the shrimp, the guys havent stop moving around since I added the fish. I wonder if I should give it some time and hope the fish manage to eat the food I am providing, or if I should do some changes, like removing most of the moss Thanks, any advice will be appreciated Edited March 13 by beastie different picture with a better resolution Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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