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it'll be there. I can never find my two rabbit snails but I know they are there because every now and again I spot a bit of orange poking out the sand or from behind a rock :D
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fr499y wrote: Tue Nov 14, 2023 15:08 pm it'll be there. I can never find my two rabbit snails but I know they are there because every now and again I spot a bit of orange poking out the sand or from behind a rock :D
Yep. I found it. It was on the opposite side of the tank from where it last was. Seems they can move quite quickly when they want to.

The other one hasn't moved more than a couple of inches from where I first put it. It is on my bit of driftwood, in the middle of a massive patch of biofilm and algae, and it's just hoovering up in ever increasing circles. It's obviously happy where it is.

The other one seems to be more of an explorer though and has been mainly eating algae off the glass.
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The Amano Shrimp are just yobs, but fun to watch. I watched one swim right into the lily pipe output just to be blown back out and around the tank. Then he/she came back and did it again at least ten times.

What's that all about? It look like he/she was just enjoying the ride.
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Shrimp are fun. :)
Have you seen where they traverse up waterfalls?

I usually lose at least one nerite every time I get them, except for the last time.....I think I still have the trio as I've not seen any empty shells....
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! :D

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
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Nerites are the only snail that die on me, I had 10 in this tank and within a couple of weeks they all died.
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A little update after having some residents for a few days now.

The good:
The Tetras seem happy. I am learning how to feed them only what they can eat in a few minutes. It's really not much at all.

The Bristlenose seems very happy indeed. She has found herself some caves and lives in them, occasionally popping out to have a munch on the algae. She poops a lot. Great big long strings of the stuff. She is very pretty.

The snails are just doing snail stuff. I am sure they have personal teleports though, as one minute I can see them both clearly and the next minute they have disappeared.

The bad:
I found a dead Oto yesterday. Poor little fella just lying upside down on the tank bottom. I think I do still have 5 left - at least I counted 5 this morning. I can see 3 right now, but the others could be anywhere. There are a lot of hiding places.

The ugly:
Still lots of algae. Although the residents are eating well, and I think it MAY be getting less. The snails are certainly making an impact on the glass and my big log, and the Otos are cleaning off the broad leaved plants pretty well

Not sure what has happened to my shrimp. I did find one dead one, but now they are all either hiding or taking a breather after their mental first day. I do occasionally see one or two buzzing around the tank, but that's about it. Again, there are lots of places they could be that I can't see. But I suspect most of them are goners.

Other than that, the water parameters seem stable with consistent zeros for Ammonia and Nitrite and almost zero for Nitrates. I might move to testing every other day at this point.

30% water change tomorrow and I will also cut out a lot of the bit of ferns and moss that have the most algae in them. They grow fast, so it won't make much difference.

Aaaaaannnnnnd.....that is all for now!
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When shrimp moult it is often mistaken for a dead shrimp, leave it there as they will eat it to recover the minerals.
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Huh. Looking at it closer (I hadn't tried to get it out yet as I will be doing a water change tomorrow), it could well be a discarded carapace....

I hadn't thought they might be anywhere close to moulting after only a few days, but maybe with the abundance of food they now have, their trousers are getting tight.

Which begs a question....should I think about adding some form of calcium to the tank to encourage development of shrimp and snail carapaces?
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I have never added anything and they multiply rapidly, I believe a change in water parameters (water change) can bring on moulting.
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Hold on a moment.....they multiply? I hadn't thought about that.
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