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Hello and welcome :)
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Drifty wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 14:46 pm
Hello Martin

Thanks for welcome and Thank you for reply.

Is there any down size in putting some Amazon frogbit in?
Andys temperate tank wrote:
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Drifty wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 14:46 pm
Hello Martin

Thanks for welcome and Thank you for reply.

Is there any down size in putting some Amazon frogbit in?
Welcome David. The only thing with frogbit is to not let it cover too much of the surface. Just take some out and throw it away.
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Once established, grows amazingly fast but is great for removing excess nutrients and toxins out of the water column. :]
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The shrimp will interbreed back to the natural colour of neocaradina which is sort of brownish......they need hard water.
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Hello VikingMummy2015
Hello plankton

So I looked it up my water is moderately hard. my post code is po5 2dg.
My cycle for tank is using fluval biological cycle.

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Do they always turn color or is there anyway to keep them at the color they came in?

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The safest way to cycle a tank is the fishless cycle, here’s a link to the guides section that explains it:

https://www.aquariumforums.co.uk/guides

And to keep shrimp of a certain colour/pattern you keep them with their own species. Any difference in colour/species will eventually cause them to revert back to natural colours.
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my tank has no co2 only the basic combo kit
so I should stop adding the fluval biological cycle?
and if I get the surface skimmer will I still need the filter?

As for shrimp your saying it best to have 1 color and they stay the same color if that the case then blue my fav lol

I also plan on doing a 30l water change monday should I not do this? and wait until the tank cycle for water change?

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The cycle stuff is only any good if you’re also adding a source of ammonia (the fishless cycle is best, using liquid ammonia such as Klean Off from Amazon). You’ll also need an accurate liquid test kit (I use API kit, also on Amazon).
It’s amazing how badly the people selling the “bacteria in a bottle” explain this (and the fact the bottles don’t explain it properly either).
Bacteria live inside your filter; every tank needs a decent filter that turns over the entire tank volume at least 4-5 times an hour if not more. I’ve never had a skimmer and have never felt like i’m Missing out on anything!
I have only just started using very basic co2. So long as your plants are “easy” category then you don’t need it.
I really recommend spending a few evenings reading up on the fishless cycle, basic fishkeeping things like water parameters and why they matter etc. Fish are basically the byproduct of keeping water!
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You need a filter, not a skimmer, as above.
I'd drop the neons and look at the small rainbows like Pseudomugil gertrudae or Pseudomugil furcatus.
You might not want the guppies once you see those. ;)
(and I keep guppies......)

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Hello all

Thank you for your imput :)
I still like the guppies especially the rainbow groupie

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but I feel it should have another group of peaceful fish that are colorful.
Along with the shrimps and 2 snails

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VikingMummy2015 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 20:38 pm
Fish are basically the byproduct of keeping water!
That just sums it it up perfectly! ::thumb::

Hello and welcome to the forum :)

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