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Jumped in with both feet! TDS meter

Okay, I need suggestions from the Shrimp community on what to buy here is a list of stuff I think I need But May not need or need to add to the list:

TDS Meter: Need suggestions on brand apparently there are like a million types brands and styles. Need a simple one that is easy to use and cheap. Preferably under 20 bucks.

Food: Did not realize they would not like flake,Hikari bloodworms, BBs decapped ,Hikari daphia, Frozen Bloodworms. I need to grow my population and keep my females berried. 1 seems to have dropped her eggs for some reason? Or she might be first time mother because she is kinda small.

Minerals: I know I have hard water, fact of living in florida. Just don't know the exact numbers. Not sure If I need this or its better to get mineral rich food?



Shrimp tank:
12-16 Blue Velevts
Tahitian moon sand (Pain to clean you have no idea!)
Marineland 5 gallon hex, build in filteration
Media is huge chunk of filter foam from my 29 gallon
wrapped intake with Filter pad and rubberbands

Plants:
Anacharis
Huge java moss mass
Bits of wisteria and water sprite
Some cute little plant got from a RAOK looks like clover
Anchor moss (thanks drew!)


Amm 0
Nrate 5
Nrite 0
Ph 7.6
High PH 7.4

I don't have any other tests or know of other tests I should be doing.

Thank you for any suggestions or support.
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gh is an important one. Too low shrimp can die, too much shrimp can die. It affects the shells.

KH is sometimes used, but I don't do that one since I have RO water.

TDS digital pens can be bought from Ebay for less than $20.

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i use the TDS meter from HM Digital for $15.50 shipped.

from amazon from amazon

Add to the list
API GH/KH test kit
GH+ (shirakura CA+ or Salty Bee shrimp GH+); Fluval shrimp mineral supplement would work as well.

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+1 I have the same one works perfectly fine.
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i use the TDS meter from HM Digital for $15.50 shipped.

from amazon

Add to the list
API GH/KH test kit
GH+ (shirakura CA+ or Salty Bee shrimp GH+); Fluval shrimp mineral supplement would work as well.
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gh is an important one. Too low shrimp can die, too much shrimp can die. It affects the shells.

KH is sometimes used, but I don't do that one since I have RO water.

TDS digital pens can be bought from Ebay for less than $20.
For others learning about shrimp: Can you expand on the too much / too little comment? What GH is too much or too little?
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For others learning about shrimp: Can you expand on the too much / too little comment? What GH is too much or too little?
Depends on the shrimp species.
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Here's an example: http://shrimpery.com/shrimps

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Cool, thanks.
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Okay We have the pen, What do you guys also think about substrate? I use sand, I have heard great and horror stories of Fluval Shrimp Substrate. I am having a heck of a time cleaning the poop for fear I'd suck up a baby shrimp and the sand is so fine I suck it up to with the poop. How often do you guys vac for poop? Sand or gravel or something else?

Here is the order I think I should get stuff:
Food
TDS pen from amazon
GH/KH from API (only one I found)

Then maybe a different substrate?
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I vacuum spots on my substrate on very rare occasions with an airhose.

Keep in mind, the more you vacuum, the more you risk a mini cycle happening and killing off shrimp.

Shrimp poop is just a way of life. You can get colors of substrate to camouflage it if you wanted though.

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What about poo build up? I have black sand so I really can't see it.
I am used to cory tanks, where the sub needs to be pristine because I am so afraid of barbel rot.
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Here's an example: http://shrimpery.com/shrimps
Thats a great page. I bookmarked it
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What about poo build up? I have black sand so I really can't see it.
I am used to cory tanks, where the sub needs to be pristine because I am so afraid of barbel rot.
You'll always have some poo build up, but it won't harm the shrimp at all.

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Ok, your boss. I trust you guys. One of my little female shrimp has dropped all but 3 of her eggs, the 2 other berried females are bigger and have all of their eggs. Think it might be first time mom? She's much smaller to half as big as the bigger mommas.
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Here is something I thought of when looking at the shrimpery.com
If I cross Blue Pearl (Neocaridina cf. Palmata) with Blue Velvet/All blue Rili (Neocaridina Davidi)
Would I get a more Blue insensity or would I get wild color mud shrimp?
Because I think we might find out. I got shrimp from 2 different people. One called them Blue pearls and the other called them Blue Velvets. So, I asked one which he had and he told me neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis (Blue Pearl), I did not get the latin name for the other ones I received. Did I just get myself into trouble or should I wait and see? I also just figured out something was up, because I was looking at egg colors of the females. 2 berried females are carrying clay colored eggs, 1 other female is carrying yellow colored eggs.
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