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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Red Cherry Shrimp Issues

Guys Ive tried to raise these on several occasions and never had much luck. They seem to thrive for a while then as time goes on I see a gradual decline in their numbers. Never really saw them raise either. I took reasonable care of them and the last few I had were in the same small tank with some endlers. I did see a few eggy females but never any offspring. I have my own well here and while ive never really had it tested I would assume the water is slightly hardand medium PH. The only thing Im lax on is water changes.........might this be the reason they dont do well ? I did add for evaporated water on a regular basis . I see a lot of folks who seem to be overun with these in a short period of time and am curious why I cant raise them ? Thanks for your insight.
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Do you have other fish in the tank? Almost everything eats the babies.
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I had two total failures before I finally got it right. The answer was RO water! I have city water but it is really hard (over 19 KH) and the TDS was all over the place - from 200 to 400 on the same day. I started mixing half RO water and half tap water and now everyone is perfect. With well water, you might want to consider using 100% RO water and you would have to remineralize it. Sometimes there is just some kind of pollutant or critter in our water that keeps shrimp from thriving.

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I had endlers.
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I had two total failures before I finally got it right. The answer was RO water! I have city water but it is really hard (over 19 KH) and the TDS was all over the place - from 200 to 400 on the same day. I started mixing half RO water and half tap water and now everyone is perfect. With well water, you might want to consider using 100% RO water and you would have to remineralize it. Sometimes there is just some kind of pollutant or critter in our water that keeps shrimp from thriving.
By RO I assume you mean run off water ?
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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My fish have always thrived in this well water ?
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Reverse Osmosis = RO

Shrimp are more sensitive than fish. ph, gh and TDS especially come into play.

Then you have to remineralize RO if using it pure. Takes away a lot of guessing about the water.

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Please excuse my ignorance lol.
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Nothing to excuse. heh We've all been there. Even the experts still ask questions. That's why this forum is so active.

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Im going to have my water tested and will report back with the findings .
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Sounds like a plan.

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