What's up guys! I need some help trying to figure things out... I've been keeping Red Rili Neo shrimps and an Amano in my 6g for the past couple months without problems. My Red Rili has recently developed a saddle
Anyway, I decided I wanted to add another shrimp species that wouldn't crossbreed so I ordered some Tangerine Tigers
I read the beginner's guide sticky last night and because it's seemed more towards the extremes -- on the low end RCS, and on the high end CRS -- I need help trying to figure things out. Because I believe TT's are somewhere in the middle in terms of hardiness right?
I'm currently using 50/50 with tap and RO. I tested my tap and since I live in AZ, it's liquid rock at 511 TDS.
Here's my tank's parameters at the moment:
Ammonia = 0
Nitrites = 0
Nitrates = 5ppm
pH = 7.5*
TDS = 375*
KH = 9 <----this is a new test for me, this is how many drops it took to change colors right?
GH = 12
I dose PPS-Pro and I run pressurized co2. I was running it on a timer, but now I'm thinking of just running it steady at 1 bps to keep the pH lower and stable.
In terms of the TDS in my tank, I'm wondering if it's that high, in part, due to the ferts and/or rocks? I'm also using Floramax topped with Fluval Stratum as the substrate.
So since my TDS and GH/KH are high do I need to do some partial water changes with just RO?
Another question...I'm worried about O2 levels after reading that beginner's guide... I have lily pipes in my tank and after I installed them and cut the tubes to just the right length, I can barely raise them enough to create 'some' surface agitation... is this enough for O2 for the shrimp? Would the plants provide enough O2 as well?
Here's a video of the agitation:
Last question... I'm feeding these guys Fluval Shrimp Granules. Would this be enough or do I need to supplement for calcium and other nutrients?
Here's the tank in it's current state:
Thank you for the help!