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Boston gap water

If you live in Boston... How do you condition your at water? I just noticed that it has a 0-1 gh.
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Ugh.. Tap
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I just keep some in a large bucket, treat it with conditioner, and age for 2 days. But i don't keep any sensitive shrimps =/
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Same...I let it sit for a few days. My shrimp were always fine...lets hope my new endlers will be too. I have to get a new test kit
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did you get your oebt yet?! =)
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They ship tomorrow or tuesday.

You know, my shrimps have been healthy and breeding in Boston tap. However, at times I get a lot of deaths and have a feeling that not many babies survive. Going to buy some gh conditioner from one of the forum members.
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really? i have only lost one shrimp so far. I'm not sure about the babies, I see a few here or there, but they hide in my salvinia =/ i never find dead bodies tho.

For the OEBT, I would too. The cherries would be fine in our tap, but any higher like CRS or something I'm not sure.
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If you have Boston Tap water and look at the MWRA report then you see we only have about 100ppm tap water but the problem is that calcium and magnesium is so little it less then >1dgH and that where shrimp will start dying due to molting problem, you can add some calcium sulfate and epsom salt to buffer the gH up and i think our kH is perfect at 1-2dkH. Also with Boston tap water they buffer the pH really high like around 9 and you need to let it aerated for few hrs to lower the pH back down to 6-7ish.

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I never tested my water before i added it to my tank, really its at ph 9? My tank is always at 6.5-6.7 when i test it =<.
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My pH is 7.2-7.4 right out of the tap. We have amazing tap water in Boston compared to other city's to be honest. Prime is almost instant. I don't keep shrimp, but I do keep rare south american fish. I fill up totes, dose prime, run a power head til a heater brings the water to tank temp, then pour it in.

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If you scroll down the website it explain why they keep the pH at 9ish but it will drop really fast back to 6-7 once it being aerated. Also on the site i like to look up the monthly test and it list all the chemicals in our tap water. http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/...l4concerns.htm

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And they use chloramine

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If you scroll down the website it explain why they keep the pH at 9ish but it will drop really fast back to 6-7 once it being aerated. Also on the site i like to look up the monthly test and it list all the chemicals in our tap water. http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/...l4concerns.htm
I checked a sample from my house about 6 months ago at work and my coworker and I were surprised at how high the pH was until we stumble onto that site. But after aeration it does drop. With chloramine a dechlorinator is needed.
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I use straight RO and remineralize. Yes I agree, the tap water is actually brilliant, 90 TDS here in the south end and gh, kh of 0-1. I just don't trust the consistency. Who says that those conditions will come out of the tap every time? And I like being able to tell and know what's in the water I put into the fish tanks. But then again, it could just be my paranoia.
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My tests from my tap around downtown crossing indicate kH 2.5 and pH 7.2 out of the tap. My tank pH moves around 6.4 to 6.8. I typically treat with Amquel.

Currently dealing with a green water issue, 50% water changes every other day.

Anyone have any problems keeping shrimp? Seems to be some mixed results, is the thought we should be treating with some buffer solution? I've been having some problems lately, they survived about a month and they are dying off... but may be due to something else.
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Is there a lot of plant decay in the tank. Typically it's direct sunlight or high phosphates that get the water volume algae going. I havnt dealt with it since 1998, but then it was a mixture of the both. A phosphate buffer in the filter, and a UV got rid of it in a few days.

As far as my shrimp go i had a issue with keeping pumpkins alive for awhile. Only when i stopped treating the water with water changes, and did less did less water changes, the problems keeping them alive stopped. Never had a problems with my amano's either route, but pumpkins yes. I stopped treating my water the 1st of September, and no deaths since. I was in Arlington Heights prior to sept 1st, now i'm down in Humarock whether or not that made the difference i dont know. TDS was 197 last night

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