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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1572

Hi Douglas,

I suspect that the more likely cause of high nitrites is the dead fish
rather than the frozen brine shrimp.  Decaying matter will cause spike in
NO2 levels which you bio filter may not be able to cope.

BTW, I think that defrosting the brine shrimp before feeding would be a
better way, because frozen food are not good for fish's digestive system.

BC (Singapore)

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 18:54:34 -0600
From: Douglas Guynn <dguynn at nwol_net>
Subject: Frozen brine shrimp and nitrites

<I have not noticed any expired fish or snails, although most of my fish
small tetras and cardinals, and I don't always notice a carcass until is
has been reduced to bones. I did experience a rather nasty algae outbreak a

week or so ago. I guess this should have been a warning sign.

I feed frozen brine shrimp 3 or 4 times a week directly into the tank.
Would this cause the nitrite level to rise? Should I thaw the shrimp in a
small container of water and strain off the resulting liquid before

Douglas Guynn