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Update: Cleaned the walls and gravel in the tank, 50% water change, changed the filter the day before yesterday. Received my Amano shrimp, nerites, and White Clouds yesterday. Acclimated them slowly. Split them between the two tanks.

5 of the ten Amano shrimp were DOA on arrival. The rest died one by one in both tanks. I lost one White Cloud in each tank. Everything else is fine so far.

I need something to help me control my algae. It just grows way too fast.
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Well.. The amano should help you but you should check your dosing. Too much light or too much nutrients.
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I'm alarmed. I thought things in the new aquarium (as in last Christmas) were finally straightening out and I added some male guppies and ghost shrimp to it about a month ago. Yesterday, 4 of the shrimp turned up dead. ?!
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Sure. 
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This is Freddie. I got him from my vet's office, from the receptionist, at 6 weeks old. He's 5 years old now. He's been blind since birth. The fact that his previous owner had fed his mother, and him for the first six weeks of his life, nothing but oatmeal may have played a part in this. He was stunted and his third eyelids didn't develop, and he had to have entropion surgery on his left eye. He was a cryptorchid and during surgery at 10 months to correct that, the vet discovered he had cancer of the spleen and it had just started to bleed. Another day and we would have lost him.

Because going to the vet traumatizes him so much, I brought him home while he was still out, but he let his displeasure be known by removing the stitches that ran from one end of his abdomen to the other during the night. On the 45-minute trip back to the vet the next morning, he screamed. And he screamed. So much that he completely opened his incision and came out of the crate having disemboweled himself. Travis (vet) said I promptly turned white as a sheet. My first thought was "No way. No way he can live through this."

Well, he did. Travis put everything back and stapled him this time, and as he healed, I began to notice that this cat was Cool. Not just your normal cat coolness, but Ubercool. Ultracool. The kind of cool that would make a nerd cool for hours after being in the same room. The kind of cool that even oozes from pictures of him.

Like this.
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Oh, I didn't mention that his thyroid didn't work either, but that has since straightened itself out, no one knows why. Once the spleen was out, he pretty much stopped having health problems - but there can be no more cats without rigorous testing first.

"None shall pass." ;)
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NORM!
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My algae problem. I cleaned the tank walls Friday. Yesterday I left the lights off all day. Yet this evening, I find this.
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I'm very careful about the amounts I feed, so I don't think that's the problem. Light might be, but it's a planted tank and that's why I put T5 bulbs in. The other tank is doing very well. I just can't figure out why this one isn't. The setups are nearly identical, except that the algae tank doesn't have nearly as much vegetation.
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Thanks for the invite. :)
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Welcome +Karla Lucas - delighted to see you!
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Interesting. Has anyone else noticed their posts leaking from this community?
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I just noticed some people replying to some of my posts made here that aren't in the community. I'm pretty sure I didn't also add my circles to the list when I posted, but my brain's in Cancun on vacation so I can't be sure.
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I had Izzy spayed last Friday and her stitches out today. This whole thing has been a horror story and I'm glad it's over.

Now to find a different vet for the Herd.
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She had a couple of small mats behind her back leg (not in the area where he cut her) that I asked him to trim while she was under, as I thought it would be easier than me doing it here. I was wrong. He didn't clip them, and yesterday, he just grabbed them and yanked them off her leg. I was horrified and told him to stop, that I'd trim them at home, but he didn't. It was an awful thing to see and he hurt her.

I've been trimming animals for over 20 years now, and I've never cut one, ever. And I wouldn't dream of just yanking them off because that would HURT, and he doesn't believe in pain relief for cats. From now on if it happens I'll do it at home. Izzy has wrymouth and kind of chews her fur instead of grooms, so it does happen occasionally - there's really no help for it except to keep her trimmed, and obviously he can't be trusted to do it.

My poor baby. :(
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