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gh booster, preferably one formulated with shrimp in mind.
tds meter also a staple in my tool kit.
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air stone and pump
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If i were to have three staple foods, algae wafers, supersoft krill pellets, supersoft spirulina

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Thanks, Albert!

I originally was thinking this should just be a 'Tools' like tangible tools thread.

I could easily make a section for some of the things you suggested.

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It is not. Most people will not use heaters. I know I do not
Silly assumption. Heaters are very necessary for some people. My tanks are in my garage and would literally frost over without heaters.
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Oh yeah gotta add heater though, my tank would go 40F at night (outdoor) without a heater on. Crazy SoCal weather.
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I use a heater to keep the water a more consistent temp in the winter. The room my shrimp are in is unheated in the winter so it gets pretty cold in there. Summer time I don't use it though.

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Silly assumption. Heaters are very necessary for some people. My tanks are in my garage and would literally frost over without heaters.
Not a silly assumption. Most people with indoor tanks do not require heaters.

This is a list for the average keeper. I see more people buying and not using heaters, or the small percentage that actually has them explode on them, than using them on a regular basis.

If keepers have underground tanks, they probably should consider purchasing one. If there is an outdoor tank, people would be crazy not to use one in the winter.

For the warning, I've got a note that says if the temp falls far below the required temps of your shrimp, consider a heater.

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I use a heater to keep the water a more consistent temp in the winter. The room my shrimp are in is unheated in the winter so it gets pretty cold in there. Summer time I don't use it though.
Yeah I understand this. I keep two heaters around, but I know the temp fluctuates a little and don't use them.

If enough people suggest heaters, I'll add a backup heater to the list. But I don't know of that many people trying to keep outdoor tanks.

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I live on the second floor in an apartment building in Boston and I keep heaters in all of my tanks. I don't like the idea of large temperature fluctuations and have them set pretty low. But they will kick in when the temperature reaches something like 68 degrees. I think heaters, in the winter, are vital unless you can predict the temperature of the room consistently. Same reason you keep a thermometer in the tank. If you're not worried about temperature fluctuations, then why care record it? If there is a possibility then why not add a heater, set it on low, just to be safe? I have a thermometer in the room and the temperature there drops to 10 degrees (centigrade) every once in a while.
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I'm not advocating for people not using heaters, or not even keeping them around. I'm just saying this is a list of things that are always going to help every shrimper.

I really appreciate all the input thus far.

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I think all that's indicated is that you don't necessarily *need* a heater to keep them as they can survive in avg room water temp.

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anyone can tell me where to get a tds tester? went to a nearby petsmart but the worker didn't even know what I was asking for they just pointed me to the liquid tester for ph, gh, etc.
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Look up TDS digital pen on Ebay.

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You can find a TDS meter on Amazon as well
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Look up TDS digital pen on Ebay.
thanks just picked one up now...hopefully reading is good, I'm also having no breeding type issues but still early since I've only had my shrimps for a bout a month.
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Re: Essential tools for the average shrimper

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Look up TDS digital pen on Ebay.
Are those really accurate?

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Are those really accurate?

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Mine was from amazon, but it is accurate and only like $12.

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