Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I would suggest looking for a different remineralizer. Either the gH+ bee shrimp stuff or the Nutrafin chilid stuff people are having good success with both. The Mosura is expensive and it add's up over time.
Yes, you're right, people keep them in all different params and they are all over the map. Some people keep shrimp in water that others can't and there are obviously lots of small factors that we can't measure with a test kit or figure out and part of it, is just figuring out what works for your shrimp once you have them.
For a "range" though of what people keep them in
TDS: 100-500 I've seen although 100-150 seems to be the most common
pH: 5 to 7.5 I've seen although most go for 5-6.5ish
gH: 2-6 seems to be ideal regardless of the above 2.
kH: 0-1 seems to be the suggestion although I've never playing or tested a difference in a higher kH.
temp: 65-75 seems to be ideal of crystals. a bit cooler, they don't grow as fast, but they seem to live longer. Warmer temps gets them growing faster, but also more prone to bacteria infections.
If you ask 1,000 people on this site to fill out those 5 params that keep crystals, you will get 1,000 different answers, some of them varying greatly yet they may all have nice tanks full of shrimp.
Shrimp will adapt, as long as things are kept stable. That seems to be the biggest key. They will adapt to a lot of different water as long it doesn't change.
In nature, even though they are find in streams and ponds, that stream maybe 20,000 gallons in size and it takes a lot more outside influence to change the params in a large volume of water. Part of the reason just because it gets to below freezing outside, all the lakes don't freeze instantly like the sidewalks do. The large lake has lots of ambient heat and it takes a lot more than a few cold days to suck that heat out.
Read lots of posts and sites and things but take it all with a grain of salt. Try to set up and ideal tank and then adjust as needed when you get some shrimp. You will loose some, we all do, it's part of the process.
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