Thread: Shrimp Tank Owners Warning
07-15-2013, 02:29 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, 02:37 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, 02:51 PM #3
I hadn't heard of it either, but got it fixed, also changed out the HOB's on the tank with two sponge filters from my other 10g tanks, the prefilters kept getting clogged up so would reduce the flow too much. All 3 tanks are much happier now
07-15-2013, 03:05 PM #4
Glad you got it figured out sir. I have a bare bottom tank with 50 rcs in it. I just put moss in it for them to hold on to. Works well for me. I am just a bare bones type of person usually.FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's
07-15-2013, 03:29 PM #5
07-15-2013, 03:42 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