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Date:9/18/2014 2:17:49 PM
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Hi Kahlua
sorry it took so long for us to answer you. mom doesnt check our page that often. mom says the smaller the tank the harder it is to maintain. fish can tolerate hard water but what they cant tolerate is high ammonia build up from waste and old food. it is especially hard to get a new tank set up because there have to be a certain amount of good bacteria buildup. when doing a water change only change 1/4 water. you can buy natural enzymes to build up the tanks balance which you add everytime you do a water change. you can also buy things that will remove ammonia buildup. the shrimp arent like salt water shrimp and are good algae eaters. they dont get that large. mom bought 2 so they wouldnt get lonely even though the fish place said they like to be along they are always together. they like to hide a lot. mom also has this thing she bought called a moss ball. it was the size of a pingpong ball when she bought it. it is now about 8 inches in diameter. it keeps all the algae growing on it instead of on the walls of the tank. the shrimp like to play on it. mom also puts extra food in for the shrimp and they eat that also. the pet store cant keep their shrimp alive and moms shrimp are thriving. when mom cleans the tank tell her not to get it sparkling clean because that isnt good for the fish either. if your mom already knows all this just disregard what we have been saying but if she didnt hope this will help. we are all afraid of the fish tank. oh and one other thing always remember 1 fish per every 2 gallons of water.

love Piddy and Paddy
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