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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Fertilizers safe for shrimp?

I noticed a lot of liquids contain copper sulfates and am worried about using this and then adding some shrimp to the tank.

Please let me know what is safe to use? The lowest I've found in concentration is the Seachem Flourish, but I don't want to use it if it'll hurt them.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 02:16 AM
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It's fine.

But using fertilizers is usually something you have to slowly introduce to shrimp. Slowly, slowly, slowly over the course of a few weeks.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 02:39 AM
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If your serious about shrimp keeping many dont fert much . Its not just copper u have to look at stuff like boron cobalt sulfur clorine and other stuff is just as bad. Shrimps can survive ferts but breeding shrimplet survival rates can be effected. But if u have adults and dont care for breeding then slow use of ferts can be used but at your own risk. Ive used ferts but mostly relied on good substrate and water change for shrimp tanks

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Good advice. I'm planning on keeping on low tech and gonna see how it goes without ferts. So far, my anubias are sprouting new growth and seem to be just fine. Still, it's good to plan ahead and know should it ever arise for the water plants. So I assume slowly as in quarter then half dosing my water?

This tues, will be redoing my tank with some soil/sand/pebble and getting some planted tanks, and will try to grow some moss onto my driftwood for the shrimp. Hopefully in a few weeks it'll be time to get them to tankmate with my betta.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 02:41 PM
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Be aware that most bettas eat shrimp.

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Aqueon makes one that doesn't have copper. I used it for a while, but now I am on flourish.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 04:56 PM
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I've used Kent Pro-Plant as well without problems. It also doesn't have copper.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp View Post
Be aware that most bettas eat shrimp.
I know that it is hit or miss. Im on a betta forum as well and see mellow ones do fine with some shrimp and a snail around as tank mates. I'll be seeing how this one fares but I think he won't try it with a shrimp his size since he is little and he also can't even eat Omega One pellets - too big. If for some reason not, the shrimp will go into a planted 3 gallon nano.
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