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Thread: Shrimp Tank Owners Warning
07-15-2013, 01:29 PM #1
Shrimp Tank Owners Warning
Wanted to give a warning based on my experience
So I feed my RCS 2 small veggie/catfish sticks a day. It seemed everyday the food was disappearing and everyone was happy
Well I've been noticing a few shrimp deaths and overall not great activity in the tank, then I noticed the spot where I fed them was starting to turn white. So during my most recent pwc I deciding to try to vac up the mis colored substrate... well to my dismay I starting finding a layer of black rotting "stuff", it ended up being the diameter of a baseball....
And man did it smell bad in the bucket. I vac'd it all out and purchased a small glass ashtray from a local salvation army store ($1).
Moral of the story, with shrimp, use a feeding dish. I got lucky that i caught it and didn't lose the entire tank
07-15-2013, 01:37 PM #2
I've spent quite a bit of time on shrimp forum and never heard of something like this! Otoh a feeding dish is a good idea if only to monitor how much they eat.
07-15-2013, 01:51 PM #3
07-15-2013, 02:05 PM #4
07-15-2013, 02:29 PM #5
I'm kind of confused Hardy...what was happening?...the sticks were breaking down and rotting?
Speaking of RCS, my daughter noticed our first berried female yesterday!
07-15-2013, 02:42 PM #6
what it seemed like was the sticks would be broken apart by the shrimp eating, but then pieces would settle down into the substrate, about 1/2" below it, and there a layer formed that was rotting
I probably removed about an 1" deep worth of substrate that had begun to stick together. I figured get it all out. The glass dish is a big improvement since I can see, wow... they really didn't eat all of those 2 sticks, next time i'll just give them 1