As you can see from the last image there are 4 swordtails temporarily in the tank as their old aquarium will be used for raising dart frog tadpoles. Anyways to get back on track they have been in there for a day now and it seems like they must eat green thread algae as it has drastically decreased since they have been added. I am not sure if they are known algae eaters but they haven't stopped pecking the plants and hardscape since being added.
I'd agree with that, they should be translucent and not at all "milky". There isn't much you can do in terms of treatment, so I'd just keep an eye on them.opaque looking shrimp is never a good sign
That sounds promising so fingers crossed.To my eye the shrimp look fine, that above picture was more or less the minute they were added to tank, they're not THAT opaque like in the photo. The blyxa is a maniac, grows like hell. I actually took some bkyxa out because it was going insane.
Looking at the photo, I’m what concerned - opaque looking shrimp is never a good sign
If they looked like this immediately after you added them, it’s shipping related (or seller related)
I'd agree with that, they should be translucent and not at all "milky". There isn't much you can do in terms of treatment, so I'd just keep an eye on them.
A potential issue with your new spray bar position is that there’s nothing forcing the water flow to visit the lower reaches of your tank. As it is now, assuming your holes are just below the surface and pointing horizontally, the water will skim along the surface along the length of the tank and will have lost most of its momentum by the time it reaches the opposite end. You’ll have good water movement near the surface, but nothing much lower down.I've mounted the spray bar to the side now, shortened it. The idea is to push water to the inlet which is on the opposite side. Seem good? Or should the inflow be the same side as the spray bar.
The closest I can get to a lily pipe positioned on the side of the tank. The holes are skimming the surface ever so slightly to cause some minor surface agitation, a visible mist of c02 decorates all the tank now, compared to before and pretty much all plants move compared to before where I felt I had dead spots.
Which way you reckon the holes should point? Horizontal, diagonally into the tank? Vertical?
The inlet is in the left back corner.
Even though my tap water is 40ppm nitrate? I'm so worried, man.I’d try a water change - if you want to be conservative, do 25%
If that seems to improve shrimp activity, do another 25% later (as in a couple hours or several hours)
Or do a 50% water change - with newly introduced shrimp I wouldn’t change more than 50%
Again, I’ve leave the filter running during the water change
Yes change some water. We don't know at what level NO3 becomes toxic, but it is a high level and almost certainly in the hundreds of ppm.Even though my tap water is 40ppm nitrate? I'm so worried, man.
That sounds promising. I'd probably keep changing a bit more water and make sure you have <"plenty of oxygen">, possibly via a bit more <"surface agitation">.OK I done around 40 percent change water just now. They seem to have started grazing again, at least the few I can see.
I have the spray bar agitating the surface gently, holes going horizontal. I have Inline c02.Hi all, That sounds promising. I'd probably keep changing a bit more water and make sure you have <"plenty of oxygen">, possibly via a bit more <"surface agitation">.
The last thing is don't remove any of the growing vegetation at the moment, <"more plant mass"> will definitely help reduce NH3, NO2- and NO3- levels.
You have to balance the increased level of CO2 out-gassing with the surface agitation.I have the spray bar agitating the surface gently. I have Inline c02.