Hi everyone, its been a long time since I have been here but thought I would take some time and do some reading and posting which I will do in the next while.
I have been in the "aquarium hobby" for more that 20+ years, in that time had many different kinds of fish etc and breeding some as well. I also have a 2 gal pico saltwater tank that is very neat as well, the saltwater hobby is whole other ball game.
But recently I have wanted to get a few Crystal Shrimp, so at the moment I have a few red and black crystals. I see many people are keeping and breeding these shrimp very well in soft water. I do not have soft water from the tap, years ago when I was breeding Angel fish I attempted to soften my water for these lovely fish so they can rear some young, time and time again I lost every single baby that became free swimming, so enough of that and before I decided to throw in the towel completely I decided to leave well enough alone, do water change and do nothing but treat the tap water and see what happens. Low and behold over time I had more babies than I knew what to do with. I kept this going for a while till I no long enjoyed what I was doing and then from that point on just kept a single freshwater tank for pure enjoyment.
So where this is leading is, for people like myself that do not have naturally soft water and yes there are many things to soften the water but then you get that darn ph swing everytime, if I were to leave it be like I did with the angels will these shrimp ever have young?
I do have mopani in my tanks, so that lowers the ph naturally but I don't add anything else in my tank for them except water conditioner and I use prime. I also so weekly water changes and they are fed a balanced diet. I have seen many molts, the 3 adults I have are doing well, the two teeny tiny babies I was given are growing very well too. So they seem quite happy but have not seen any eggs as of yet with the females. I have only had them for approx 4 weeks as well. I have Christmas moss on my wood which they love to dig around in and use a sponge filter for them too. Water temp is 76 i have not tested the ph in the tank.
I do have Indian Almond Leaves which I certainly can use if needed but as far as adding anything else to lower the ph I sure do not want to do it for the fear of that bounce happening.
So will these shrimp once use to this water have young?