The scape is looking great! Yeah shrimps will generally hide with any sign of predation, especially in low numbers. If you had a few more it may encourage them to come out. Consequently, hiding shrimp are not really grazing on algae.
Thanks for the response. I sort of came to the realization that they weren’t going to be an effective clean up crew if they were too busy hiding lol. I started with a small amount because I wasn’t sure how predatory my betta was going to be and I wanted to avoid a huge massacre... I may get my 3 gallon sorted out to house the betta temporarily and bring in some more shrimp in that case... I will certainly give it a few days before I do anything and see if the situation resolved. As I right this response I just saw one of the Amano’s come out into the ‘front garden’ 😏The scape is looking great! Yeah shrimps will generally hide with any sign of predation, especially in low numbers. If you had a few more it may encourage them to come out. Consequently, hiding shrimp are not really grazing on algae.
It looks OK in your photo. Utricularia spp. are really strange plants, technically <"they don't have any leaves or roots">, the things that look like those structures are all modified stems. If you still have them? You could try growing them in very shallow (rain) water with a layer of peat below and my guess is that they will perk up and start growing.I suspected it was slowly dying
That sounds like an iron issue. Most aquatic/semi-aquatic Utricularia spp. come from soft water, where iron availability would be less of an issue.but the plants went from a nice thick green to a pale green to almost white with a thinned out blade
Hey Christine. Sounds like a good choice and I’ve done the same recently, as an owner and user of seachem flourish, flourish trace and flourish advance, I’d say flourish advance has the most noticeable difference (and would recommend) but you need to be adding nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus - which I’ve been doing with other seachem products, but it’s a faff and I’ve since ordered APT Complete (2hr aquarist).I am changing ferts to try an all in one and see if that helps. I was using seachem flourish advance when I should have been using just the flourish which may be why I was lacking in iron. I could get my hands on flourish due to availability and did get some iron but I think I’m missing other vital elements now....
@Zeus. is your man, but if you like <"value for money"> all the liquid fertilisers make for <"pretty gory reading">.Someone more knowledgeable may step in and say I’m wrong but I now understand that the comprehensive ‘Flourish’ product is woefully under-stacked with the core nutrients. The nitrogen % is basically nothing.
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I thought I’d be 💯 honest and share the terrible Mistakes I made when I initially didn’t plan ahead on purchasing on fish (now Family member).
1. July 8th 2020 - Terribly tiny vase (he lived 2 days in the fist pic)
2. July 11th 2020 - Bigger, but too small vase with no heat(it was the summer thankfully) or filtration... and I thought I could use a piece of coral to decorate 😱... I very soon after realized what it did to the PH. (He lived less than a day with the coral in the Vase)
3. July 12th 2020 - I removed some sand and provided him with a hidey hole. I really started to read up on bettas and tanks, I was doing very frequent water changes while adding a dechlorinator at this point.
4. Oct 24th 2020 - I’d finally worked up the courage to purchase a tank with a heater and filtration. I had added a tiny heater to his Vase back in September but knew things needed to change.
5. Feb 22nd 2021 - I began experimenting with real plants in a 3Gallon (Project I).
March 2021 - Phish (my betta) moved back into his established (tested water) planted tank.
I am lucky that my Betta has survived all my poor decisions...