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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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crs ph 6.4 kh 2 gh 4 breeding question

so if ph is solid at 6.4 doesnt move

so far ive bin able to get my kh to 2 using ro and tap mix
and my gh to 4 ro and tap
tank is planted and cycled properly
also have purigen in filter

ive only had these for what a month or so

seeing a bunch of molts but cant see any berried. the one i had that was berried when i first got the crs some how misteriously lost its eggs i guess.

does it usually take a while for them to get used to the tank ?

is my kh being 2 causing a problem idk?

im feeding them spinach (they love it?)
they eat some fish flakes once a week or so
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they all seem great and happy (as happy as a shrimp can be)

but nothing is happing yet
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Are they of breeding age?
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i would say prob not to breeding age yet and or could be new tank as well. i had my crs for about 4 months before they started breeding. and also the time of year. they seem to slow down in winter months. alot of people deal with this. most of my shrimp start to breed more around the first part of march and stop late october to november
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yes i have about 10 mature size and 9 smaller ones down to one that looks like it was born 3 weeks before i got it so i think my waters good enough to keep babies thats why i was wondering about not berried yet

yeah i read that winter slows down breeding. wish the lfs had that m ero stuff hahaha geturdone

they are such cool shrimp some are 3 band and some just have that shoulder red and the rest is white very awesome.
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Sometimes it can take a couple of months for them to settle in.
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don't worry about eros or any other things, let them do their thing and let time take its course.

You may have gotten juvis, but babies during the first week or so are the most delicate and getting them past the first 1-2 weeks is the hardest window, after that if they make it, they are usually doing good and you'll get a good percentage of those babies that make it to adulthood, providing the params are fine, etc. Its those first couple of weeks that you loose most of your babies if something isn't right for them, an aged tank with lots of bio-film, low nitrates, etc will help.

As for breeding, what usually gets mine in the mood despite winter, better than fancy sprays or stuff, are frozen bloodworms. Only a few, they don't need a lot of protein, and only once a month, but adding them to my tank usually gets berries soon after.

First time moms will drop eggs a lot of times, it's normal.

Sometimes it just takes time too for them to settle in. The more you mess with chemicals or obsess over some reading and messing with the water constantly will slow down their breeding. Ideally the kH should be a bit lower, but it may just be time of year, new to the tank, etc.

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ok yeah i gave them live bloodworms they loved them

and im trying to get my kh down more bin buying gallons at acme of ro water im up to 50 bucks in water already hahah..

i did like 6 here and 9 there then 7gallons i should have done a larger water change at once id probley be a kh 0 by now

it turns color immediatly at second drop so i suspect is more of a high 1kh but who knows.

ill tell you what thought purigen is the most amazing thing ive ever seen my water was clean and clear before it. now it looks like bottled water
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Give them another 3-4 weeks. Once you see berried female, give them a little bit of time. Also note that they are still very young. They might berried but will continue to grow and the amount of eggs they carry increases.

As for breeding slowing down in the winter...That is not my experience. They are still breeding crazy for throughout the winter. It helps to keep tank parameter stable.

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Sometimes it just takes time too for them to settle in. The more you mess with chemicals or obsess over some reading and messing with the water constantly will slow down their breeding. Ideally the kH should be a bit lower, but it may just be time of year, new to the tank, etc.
Couldn't say it better. My experience with CRS is don't try to fine tune things too much. Leave it alone..

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