Thanks for the quick reply! I really appreciate it!
I sometimes find the shrimps little remains stuck in the filter, but other than that I don't find much. I figured that they could have been unhealthy to begin with, but even the babies that hatched inside the tank died.
I didn't think to test for copper. I do use tap water for my tank, but my granny has neon tetras so she uses RO water. All of her shrimp passed away in the same time frame. I'll buy a copper test, just in case. I'm going to try for ghost shrimp again since I almost liked them more than my guppies lol. I'll talk to my fish expert guy at the fish store next time I head there. Maybe there was problems with the local tap water.
And as long as the snails don't take over my tank like they do at Petsmart I'll be happy. They have plenty of places to hide [meaning I don't see them as much] and they're keeping the algae in check. I don't overfeed and once I have more shrimpies in there, there should be no worries about "excess food" [waste, etc]. They actually look like mini-versions of the snails I originally wanted so I'm pretty happy about it... I'm aware that I'll probably never be able to get rid of them -- gotta be optimistic, right?
And I have one more question. You seem to be knowledgeable. It's just something that bugs me a bit, but I wasn't gonna mention.
My water turns a brownish-red about 3~5 days after a water change. I also get this brownish-red "algae" on the glass and the leaves of my Amazon Sword. I have to use an algae scrubber to get it off of the plants [which I'm sure isn't good for the plant...] -- just rubbing it off doesn't work. I changed out the activated carbon which seemed to help for about a week. I have no clue how to fix this besides frequent water changes. I took my mom's advice and did a 10~15% water change every other day for a week, and it came back. I've looked online to try and find out what this is, but I haven't had any luck. Might know a direction I could head in to try and solve this mystery?
Edit: I forgot to add... I was feeding the shrimp I feed my fish --TetraMin tropical flake, OmegaOne freshwater flake, Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp flake, Ocean Nutrition Freshwater flake, and something else... granny and I rotate our foods. I made sure they all had full bellies.
Last edited by MooCowing; 03-05-2008 at 12:06 AM.