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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Going to try CRS shrimp

I'm setting up a 20L tank for shrimp - I've successfully kept thousands of ghost shrimp in my current tanks (I have a 1/2 acre pond on my land that has a very healthy population of ghost shrimp - I introduced them to my turtle tanks 2 years ago and still have a good population - even after what the turtles can catch)!

I'm really wanting to try CRS shrimp, have all the equipment minus the substrate. I have sponge filters ready to go from a 2 year old tank. My PH is my main concern at 7.4. I'm not willing to do ROI water again - did it for 8 years for my old reef tank and my wife got sick of my trash can in our spare bathroom collecting water. I ditched that setup and the reef tank, but am really enjoying my current freshwater tanks - but now I want a new challenge!

Some seem to keep and breed CRS in these higher PH conditions, but I'd prefer to lower it a bit. I really want some Amazonia, but just can't bring myself to pay more for the shipping than the substrate.

Any contacts for Amazonia with better shipping rates? I'm in the Houston, Texas area, and from the local places I've called it looks like it's not imported much at all these days!

Or - any Houston folks that have been successful with our PH tap water?


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You can buy from breeder that successfully breed them in high ph water. I think the guy name is Ark on aquabid.
Look for this post. It's also in the invertebrate section
"How is this person able to breed CRS with "high" parameters?"
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Use zerowater filter if space a problem but it take a while if you need a lot
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Use zerowater filter if space a problem but it take a while if you need a lot
I would highly NOT recommend this. You'll only get about 15 gallons worth of water per filter.
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If you arent willing to do the RO thing than I suggest you try different shrimp or you probably wont have much success with CRS.

maybe Tigers or Sulawesi are for you.
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i did just fine with crs tap water and fluval shrimp stratum. the main reason for ro it because tap can cause the soil to break down pretty fast. mine was turning to mud right at the year mark. now my tap at the time was pretty close to the right parameters so the buffering the soil did was bring it down to the right spot.

i would say get shrimp from some one close that has pretty close parameters there is a breeder in tx that has crs in his tap water and does quite well with them so i say try thoughs
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I would highly NOT recommend this. You'll only get about 15 gallons worth of water per filter.
it's really depending on your tap water. it's been a year and im still on my first filter. i have gotten over 50 gallons from it already.
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There's decent priced RO/DI units out there. I just bought one from purewaterclub.com for $78. 150 gpd 4 stage unit. All you need is a big garbage can, with no holes in the bottom, to put your pure water into, remineralize, and bingo.

Also, I bought Mr Aqua plant soil for $30 a bag and free shipping when I got 5 bags. I was wanting AS like you but the shipping was stupidly high. Saved $100 and a week or two on shipping.
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OP was not wanting to do RO water.
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i say check into ark he breeds in tap water and uses gravel in his tank and he is close so i think you can do it if you get shrimp that live in conditions close to yours.
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