At last i got my test kit, help with water parameters
this is my 1st shrimp tank it is cycled from about 3 months now i bought about 20 RCS , 15 died and it toke like 3 months for them to start breeding and finally yesterday i saw a babe shrimps hanging around
My tank Dimensions is 22' long 18' height 18' depth so it is about 28 gallon
filtration sponge filter , ofc am not running co2 , lighting are a DIY leds
substrate are MTS caped with a very very soft white sand
water source are 50% RO and 50% Tap water
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And about the test kit, yesterday i used it and here are the results right after a water changes
pH : 8.4
Amonia : 0
Nitrite : 0
Nitrate : 20
GH : 3
KH : 10
TDS : 500
so if there is anything wrong with my water parameters so please tell me what is it and how to fix it ,
You're pH is pretty high. RCS are hardy so if they have started breeding for you it means they have adjusted and I would leave it alone, stability is more important than "ideals" in my opinion. But that is probably a factor in why you lost 15 of the 20. Just don't plan on keeping any Crystal Shrimp without a lot of intervention, they like their pH low.
Your kH is also pretty high.
Lastly the TDS is high.
It looks like you may need to switch to R/O water completely or a 3/4 R/O and 1/4 tap mixture.
What are the values of just the tap water straight from the faucet?
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and what about the Nitrate it is 20 ppm is that high and if so how to fix it ?
Yeah, that's high. I assume that's your tap? If so, more plants or RO water are about the only options. There's some media that can absorb nitrates, but you have to ask if it's worth the money. I'd go with more plants and more RO.
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no i am from cairo , am so glad that you liked my aquascap Thank you, By the way this Tank is 100% DIY Tank, stand , lighting ,filtration , substrate even the wood of the tree. the tank is a DIY ADA 60P tank and the same ADA stand