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melsonlopez
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PostPosted: 2011.10.25(Tue)13:36    Post subject: java moss and christmas tree moss dying Reply with quote

Hi guys

I had lots of JAVA moss growing in my tank. this was a shrimp tank. It was cool for like 4 months and then suddenlt boom. shrimps died...and the moss started turning brown. I emptied the tank...fresh water, no gravel spong filter but the moss still goes brown n dies...no ammonia. nitrate and nitrite is 0. pH is 6.6 anyone knws whats goin on. I had red cherry shrimp and they multiplied like crazy. crystal shrimp too. now all dead or dying.

what am I doin wrong.
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2011.10.25(Tue)15:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whats the lighting? And are you dosing Ferts?

Really neither one of these mosses really require much of anything. But something changed!!!
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melsonlopez
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PostPosted: 2011.10.26(Wed)2:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not dosed anything. lighting is a 5W bulb. the tank is about 10 liters.

they just keep dying.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.10.26(Wed)4:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the water change regime?
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PostPosted: 2011.10.26(Wed)8:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
What is the water change regime?


Shrimp especially the CRS and other "exoctic" ones don't like a lot of water changes. Many don't other doing anything other than topping off. That can explain the shrimp, but not the plants.

Something had to change!!!! 4 months everything fine, and now breaking down.
I see where you mentioned Sponge Filter..is there any other Filtration?
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PostPosted: 2011.10.26(Wed)8:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have a spong filter running in the tank. the crystals shrimp like low pH as I have read but my pH keeps dropping below 6 and then they die one by one. even after I change the water to a pH of 6.6 they still die. . I don't knw why. have a piece of drift wood with moss on it but this has never caused any problem before.

right now the pH is below 6 but no deaths so far. all red cherries r dead so far
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PostPosted: 2011.10.26(Wed)11:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is your pH out of the tap?
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PostPosted: 2011.10.26(Wed)12:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I found from a trusted source.

1. Tank size should be at least 20 gallons. I did not have much luck breeding them in smaller tanks.
2. Temp should be between 71-75F. Many people will keep crystal reds with cherries at higher temps (78F+), which is fine
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PostPosted: 2011.10.27(Thu)9:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pH out of my tap is 8.2 I always adjust my pH to 6.8 or 6.4 and then add it to my tank. ...every time the pH drops the shrimps die. and then when I make water change they die again.

today I removed the java moss and the wood it was attached to and the pH has not changed

I have another setup....3 or 4 liters tank. nano. have rili shrimps. they r breeding really well..have the same java moss in there but the pH does not drop...infact it has risen to 7.0 and no light.

moss is growing like crazy. not really the best environment but they r out of control there.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.10.27(Thu)9:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop using the pH changing chemicals as these will kill mosses and switch to RO + buffers.
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