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Other test parameters for Shrimp?

I have the usual ph, amonia, nitrate, and nitrite to test.

I have heard others mention kh and others... WHat other test kits should I buy and what kind of shrimp need this?
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I would pick up the api gh/kh test. Im sure someone will tell you to grab a tds pen too.
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you are gonna also make sure there is no copper in your water. If you are going to use ro water, no reason to test. If you are using tap water you will need to find out somehow. I'm guessing there is a test somewhere. maybe just one of those tests home depot does that you send away.
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I have the usual ph, amonia, nitrate, and nitrite to test.

I have heard others mention kh and others... WHat other test kits should I buy and what kind of shrimp need this?
This really depends on what kind of shrimp you are trying to keep. If you have Neos, most people don't need to worry about KH and GH that much. These parameters are much more important for Tigers and CRS--softwater shrimp. If you want to keep Tigers and CRS, you should but the API KH/GH test kit and a TDS pen.

The exception to this would be those folks that live in a part of the country with really soft water, such as parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Pacific Northwest. If this is the case, then you will need to think about adding some minerals to your tap water, even for Neos. You'd need a test kit in order to get that right.

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You will need a GH/KH test and TDS meter.

I use Nutrafin GH/KH because I heard it was easier to read the results. You can get a TDS meter off Ebay or Amazon.

You do not need a copper test.

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i rely on the conductivity. (ppm/ec)

for my CPO en CR between 80 - 150ppm (rainwater + mineral salt)
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