01-13-2008, 07:46 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
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| | Re: Finally
Originally Posted by Tex Gal
So since you have been through the trial and error period is there any thing in specific I should watch out for being new to shrimp care and raising? I am dosing EI lightly, have DIY CO2. While I have read that people don't like to dose their shrimp tanks I see all these fabulous planted tanks that are drop dead gorgeous and are dosed regularly and they have shrimp. If you have any ideas for me to watch out for I'd appreciate the heads up.
Thanks for the compliment on the pics but I have a lot to learn there too.
I've never had issues with my Amanos or Cherries when I kept them in my planted tanks. I've dosed EI heavily (1/2tsp KNO3, 1/8tsp of KH2PO4, and 15ml of CSM+B 3x a week) and kept high levels of CO2 without any issues with those two shrimp species. I've even kept Apistogramma species, Tetras and German Blue Rams with my shrimp. I've had Cherries breed heavily in the above conditions and even had pregnant Amanos.
My issues seem to have started when I tried to "breed" my shrimp. With no fish in my shrimp tanks, there are no predators for controlling the Planaria. I probably overfed my shrimp initially and created my Planaria problem. I don't fertilize my Shrimp tanks at all and do water changes based on TDS levels in the tanks. So far so good on the shrimp I guess. I'm finally getting babies and if they continue breeding and growing I will assume Planaria have been my problem all along.