In spite of my not-so-tiny frustrations I went out and bought a new tank to replace the cracked one. Same filter, heater and light, same substrate, same rocks. I did switch the Kopje to the left side of the tank but that was because the outlet is on the right side and that way I could move the filter and heater and not have to look at their cords running behind the tank. (notice that the cord for the light is still there, grrr, I can’t switch it]
I’ve been watching the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels. Sure enough the nitrate peaked about a week ago, causing a massive algae bloom. So I added our first residents to the Tiny Serengeti – snails (would these be the equivalent of warthogs?).
I know a lot of aquarists think badly of snails but they do help with the algae. They also produce waste to feed the bacteria that convert the ammonia to nitrite and the nitrite to nitrate. Ammonia is the most dangerous of these three.
So now I think it’s time to add the herds of
wildebeest shrimp. I found someone on Craig’s list who is selling a variety of colors of Neocaridina davidi [commonly sold as red cherry shrimp but they come in other colors, too]. Do I want all one color? Multiple colors? Which ones? How many should I buy? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
The good news is that since I had to replace the original light and the original tank I’m over budget so I can spend whatever I want on the shrimp! Screw the deficit, I have MasterCard!