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Fine tuning my TB tank before putting them in

I just tested my water and the AS seems to be finished leaching.
The Nitrates are between 5-10ppm. I can never read that test very well.
GH was 6, TDS was 140.

My questions are, are those Nitrates too high? I can do a huge WC before introducing any shrimp if so.
Should I get the GH down to 5 or is 6 ok? I have been putting the water in at GH of 5 so I'm wondering why it's 6 in the tank.
The TDS will be lower too if I lower the GH, will that be ok? I have always thought that the TDS shouldn't get too low, but what is too low?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 10:30 PM
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Find out the params of the breeder you are getting them from to see what you need to tweak.
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Fine tuning my TB tank before putting them in

I have them already and that's close to my other tanks params, but this tank is being created to be an optimal environment for them especially so I was hoping for that some who have had luck getting TBs specifically to thrive and breed, would chime in
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I'd get the GH down to 5 so you have some freedom to move up if need be.

Other than that, parameters sound fine.
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Fine tuning my TB tank before putting them in

I agree with somewhat shocked and make sure your nitrates are 5 or less. I keep all mine at 0


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One thing to add, and always beneficial, is time. Once you get the parameters to what you consider perfect, let the tank run for a week and see the parameters stay. You don't want to adjust it further once shrimps are in.

PS: if you can throw in some temporary residents in that one week, it helps too.
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Fine tuning my TB tank before putting them in

Thanks everyone, I added the 6 Zebra Otos who will be permanent residents there, and will get my nitrates down and bring down the GH a bit.. Fine tune for a week or so!
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I let all my TB tanks run for 2 weeks once fully cycled with Zebra danos to make sure all is settled well

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I let my CRS tanks run for almost a month with temp residents to let everything become perfect for them.

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Noted!
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