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post #16 of 84 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious to what PH you keep your TB at? My first batch of TB shrimp are scheduLed for arrival today.
We don't muck around with PH, we let ADA Amazonia take us where it desire ;-) Our TB or CRS tank PH is anywhere between 5.8 - 6.2, but like I said, not because something we do differently or special.

One of the shadow panda tanks in the picture was set up with Netlea CRS substrate which brings the PH down much more, new tanks get about 5.2-5.5 depending on how fast the UGF operates.

Oh, one things we do differently (at least I am not aware of anyone doing the same), is to treat our RO (before re-mineralized). We have a larger tank (30G) that constantly is filled with pure RO. We then run a AC70 that doesn't have any filter media but a big bag of peat moss in panty hose. We let it run for 3 days or more and the PH of the RO would stay at around 5 to 6.2 (depending on how much water this peat moss has treated). Without the treatment, our straight RO PH would go back to 7.0+ after a few days out of the RO system. After this treatment though, the PH will not come back up. To be honest though, we don't do that just for PH, this process also adds a lot of good stuff to the new water, and it's been working very well for us. Water change is done after this treated RO is re-mineralized.
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post #17 of 84 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 06:37 PM
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Thanks for the very informative thread and the beautiful pics!

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Wow. You have some gorgeous shrimps.
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Congrats for the setup and great looking shrimps.
What peat moss are you using?
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Congrats for the setup and great looking shrimps.
What peat moss are you using?
Canadian Sphagnum, something like this. The cheapest ones we can get in local garden centre, around $4 for 5 gallons. Make sure you get the cheapest one and there is no fertilizer added to it (if any is added, they would mark it on the package)

http://fertilomesoils.com/fertilome_peat.html
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randyl, I just wanted to compliment you on sharing so freely. Secrets are often a pet peeve of mine. If more people shared knowledge, I really think shrimping would take off faster as well as make it easier for new varieties to be developed.

So, kudos to you, my friend!

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randyl, I just wanted to compliment you on sharing so freely. Secrets are often a pet peeve of mine. If more people shared knowledge, I really think shrimping would take off faster as well as make it easier for new varieties to be developed.

So, kudos to you, my friend!
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Agreed as well, thanks!

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Hi Randyl,
Awesome Shrimps!!
And thank you for sharing your secret on treating the RO water. Being in Miami Beach my RO water has PH 8+ naturally. You just gave me a new DIY project idea :-D
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Hi Randyl,
Awesome Shrimps!!
And thank you for sharing your secret on treating the RO water. Being in Miami Beach my RO water has PH 8+ naturally. You just gave me a new DIY project idea :-D
Tap water in Toronto area is PH 7.8, TDS 175, GH 8, KH 5. Run my filter and I can get it down to PH 6, TDS 100, GH 5, KH 0 (pretty much perfect parameters for CRS by number). If I let it run longer PH can get to less than 5 if the peat moss ball is new. We're experimenting use this water for CRS on non-PH-lowering substrate. I think it still isn't nearly as good as RO because of other harmful elements in our water, adding active carbon as media first may help and we're trying to find out.
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Tap water in Toronto area is PH 7.8, TDS 175, GH 8, KH 5. Run my filter and I can get it down to PH 6, TDS 100, GH 5, KH 0 (pretty much perfect parameters for CRS by number). If I let it run longer PH can get to less than 5 if the peat moss ball is new. We're experimenting use this water for CRS on non-PH-lowering substrate. I think it still isn't nearly as good as RO because of other harmful elements in our water, adding active carbon as media first may help and we're trying to find out.
That would be awesome to keep CRS without active soil. Who wants to redo all the tanks every year just to keep a ideal stable PH!
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That would be awesome to keep CRS without active soil. Who wants to redo all the tanks every year just to keep a ideal stable PH!
I'm curious, since you condition your water before it goes into the tanks and buffering substrate, do you notice a longer lifespan of your active substrates? Since they really dont need to buffer much by the time you get that water in, i would think it would extend it.
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