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    Quote Originally Posted by imke_j View Post
    @Koji: that is the female I like the best. Once I have a bigger group, I will targeted mate for reds (and red legs).
    Yup. I have my favourite females in the tank as well. But sadly saw 1 of them passed away due to unknown reason some time back. But a good thing happened today that one of the better looking female with red legs is berried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koji™ View Post
    Have you tried having some amazon frogbits in there?
    Yes, I have now Lemna minor (=smaller frogbits) in there, perhaps should add more.


    I will try optimizing my tank after my holidays and take as well some photos showing the whole tank set up, @Monika.

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    I ask, because I have an idea that phosphate is to high in your tank, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgana View Post
    I ask, because I have an idea that phosphate is to high in your tank, maybe.
    Yes, I thought of this too as peat sometimes is said to raise it. I tested on phosphate, but it was okay (sorry, I don't remember the exact merasurement by heart). Perhaps I better test it again.

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    What was ok?
    In my opinion you can't tranfer common aquaristic knowledge to shrimpkeeping.
    In my experience berried females and very young shrimplets may very sensitive to any phosphate in a tank, for example.
    I don't know if you have a lot auf plants but you use plantsoil wich used to be fertilized. The algae is an other indication. You only do minimal waterchanges every week, so it is quite possible that you enrich pollutants (wich can be phosphate or anything else) with this practise. The mortal effect is creeping in after few month starting a tank.

    Don't have to say what you should do but I can tell you how i do with my tanks.
    I only do very big waterchanges after a few weeks. I see, that shrimps tolerate this very well and very seldom ( never say never ) i have died berried females since than.
    Maybe it is only a coincindence but i don' believe ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgana View Post
    What was ok? In my opinion you can't tranfer common aquaristic knowledge to shrimpkeeping.
    Especially for you, I will test the phosphate readings when I am at home and post here.
    The brown brush algae I have have been tranported by woods I re-used, I guess. For sure I want having my shrimp a good life, but I have given up that bean counter behavior as it takes the fun out of my hobby.

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    it is difficult to write in english... i only wanted to say with my last posting, if you test phosphate, it would say nothing.
    This will be a bean counter behaivior to me.

    I wish you a good holiday time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgana View Post
    I wish you a good holiday time.
    Thank you very much - I will certainly have! Well for the PO4 issue, I have no readings - the test returned 0-0.02

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    You could try adding an otto or 2 they eat brown algae ,or raise your light up a few cms .

    Your on the right path with the frogbit

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    Hey Mark: I have already 3 Otos and 2 Amanos in this tank. I guess it was a fault re-using the Volcamia soil which spread some brown brush algae from the former tank.

    As I find that planted tank cumbersome to maintain and clean, I guess I will re-do it and set up as a breeding tank with removable parts mostly. Also bought some JBL NO3 remover for my canister filter.

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