Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
Honestly, I'd grab an AC30. It's quieter than the AC20 and allows for more media flexibility.
I love AC's, I just thought maybe the 30 would be too much for such a small tank. I have a 50 and a 110 and the shell of a 20. I'll definitely keep them on the list.
Get your ph up, you don't need buffer substrate for either of these do something inert and go for a 7-7.6 ph
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Well, I had tigers at pH 7.6 and they died. I had tigers at pH 6.4 and they died. I figured I'd try in the middle and see what happens.
Problem with 'cleanest' remineralizer is tigers like TDS. Most folks according to what I've read on here and elsewhere keep them around or above 200. Salty Shrimp puts you at 110-120 with a GH of 5 (which is about right for tigers). I use Salty shrimp for my CRS/CBS/Goldens and use Fluval minerals for my tiger/tibee/CBS tank.
I had tigers with remineralized RO water with TDS around 200 and they died. I had tiger with tap water that was around TDS 220 and they died. GH 5 in both situations.
Lol at first glance, they seem the same to me lolol......
I would try to get some oxygenation in the tank. High O2 content in the water never hurts.
Just remember what you want when you setup the tank. I first started out wanting a nice scape and a bunch of shrimp. It's hard to do. I'm beginning to lean toward a bunch of shrimp, so I'm simplifying my tank setups. Though it's not impossible to do both, it just takes more effort to do.
I like to keep my pH right around 6.7-6.8 for my tigers....They seemed to do fine before I shut the tank down. I'm really itching to setup another tank for them again.
Going R/O? I remember there was just something not nice about your tap
I'll definitely make sure there's lots of surface agitation. And yeah, not planning on a Amano tank or anything. Probably just a nice center piece rock, maybe a piece or two of wood, and some plants tucked in here and there. As long as I can keep the plants alove and the tank relatively algae free, I'm a happy camper.
And yes on RO. Or at least maybe mix RO and tap and see what I get. My tap seems ok, it does fine for neos, even yellows, but for some reason, I've struck out twice with tigers. Once with RO, once with tap. Just not sure what's up. First time I had some OEBT and I was using Akadama and Kent's RO Right. Second time was one OEBT and some super tigers in tap and they kicked the bucket too. I mean these damn shrimp can't be that hard to keep can they?
Out of the tap I am getting:
GH 6 or 7
Out of the RO/DI:
R/O with Kent's to GH 4 = TDS 187