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i would keep testing a kh of 3 still isnt bad. you want some kh to help keep the ph stable. what are all the parameters of the tanks, what are the substrates, the temps, and how long have they been set up
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most use API test kits, i use the tetra laborett kit. it comes with ph,gh,kh,ammonia, and nitrite. the only one it didnt have was nitrate and i use api for that one
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i would keep testing a kh of 3 still isnt bad. you want some kh to help keep the ph stable. what are all the parameters of the tanks, what are the substrates, the temps, and how long have they been set up

Tanks are almost two months old. Eco Complete for substrate. Temps 70 - 72. TDS from 175 to 190.

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I don't see a problem with the tank. I see a problem with the numbers. There are quite a lot of people that already told you there's no problem having a low kH. What is your reasoning to increase kH?
I wanted to match tank KH to Tap KH when I do water changes weekly and tank PH doesn't match Tap PH.

I thought different PH and KH for water changes would hurt shrimp? Am I wrong here?

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i would just keep and eye on it an dnot worry about it dropping unless it gets to 0. kh will help keep the ph more stable. as water sits and degasses it will change ph. out of the tap my ph is almost 8 after it sits a day my ph goes down to about 7.2 and stays there.
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Sorry for asking this question(it relates to GH.KH). But which test kit would you guys recommend that every shrimp hobbyist should get?
I use API Freshwater Master Kit and Nutrafin KH/GH.

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i would just keep and eye on it an dnot worry about it dropping unless it gets to 0. kh will help keep the ph more stable. as water sits and degasses it will change ph. out of the tap my ph is almost 8 after it sits a day my ph goes down to about 7.2 and stays there.
The PH 7.4 is after it sits out for a day.

Thank you for helping Wicca. I will see how things go.

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Keeping your water parameters stability is achieved with small water changes made often. A water change made twice a week of about 5% should not produce a noticeable change.

For a total volume of 45L I change about 8L weekly. You should focus more on the TDS of your water not pH as TDS will have a greater impact on your shrimp than a pH swing.

Temperature and TDS are the important parameters your should worry about
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