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10-10-2011 08:19 PM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by Lesley View Post
Yes, that's why I asked for help & mentioned I'm adding RCS when tank is cycled. Why do you ask? Is something wrong?
I only asked because I don't think you can have much success with keeping RCS and CRS. Perhaps if you keep the population of the RCS under a certain size because from what I experience, the RCS breeds to fast and always hog the food of the CRS : (
10-10-2011 12:12 AM
Lesley Yes, that's why I asked for help & mentioned I'm adding RCS when tank is cycled. Why do you ask? Is something wrong?
10-09-2011 11:43 PM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by Lesley View Post
Test Results of my Tap water & 10g Shrimp Tank (no shrimp yet but will be RCS, cycling now). Please let me know what you think. Thank you, Lesley

TAP WATER.
GH = 75
KH = 80
PH = 7.0

SHRIMP TANK
NITRATES = 20
NITRITES = 0
GH = 75
CHLORINE = 0
KH = 80
PH = 7.2
AMMONIA = 0

Your thoughts on both if you have any. Thanks again.
Do you plan to add CRS in the future?
10-08-2011 05:19 PM
Lesley Test Results of my Tap water & 10g Shrimp Tank (no shrimp yet but will be RCS, cycling now). Please let me know what you think. Thank you, Lesley

TAP WATER.
GH = 75
KH = 80
PH = 7.0

SHRIMP TANK
NITRATES = 20
NITRITES = 0
GH = 75
CHLORINE = 0
KH = 80
PH = 7.2
AMMONIA = 0

Your thoughts on both if you have any. Thanks again.
10-08-2011 01:34 PM
Alpha Pro Breeders
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Originally Posted by Lesley View Post
HI
Wondering what you meant by "Once MTS gets you". Thanks
I think he was referring to Multiple Tank Syndrome, I have the same disease.
10-08-2011 12:24 PM
CrazyCatPeekin
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Originally Posted by Lesley View Post
HI
Wondering what you meant by "Once MTS gets you". Thanks
MTS can stand for one of three things...as mentioned already, it can mean Mineralized Top Soil OR Malaysian Trumpet Snail.

However, I think the poster was actually referring to the 3rd...Multiple Tank Syndrome...A "disease" that most of us seem to catch sooner or later.
10-08-2011 03:23 AM
mordalphus FUN shrimp tanks are easy!

The TDS and such only really come into play when you're trying to breed the shrimp.

For breeding shrimp, a nice stable 0 KH and 5 GH are great, but for keeping a FUN shrimp tank, the range is much wider. If your goal is a fun shrimp tank for FUN, just try it out!
10-08-2011 03:19 AM
Lesley So seriously...... I'm just getting going on a simple low tech 10g shrimp tank. I have a sponge filter & Fuval Shrimp Statum & a few plants....... I am using tap water & have treated with Stability & Filter Media from my 30g...... Do I need to worry about RO Water & TDS Meters? I just want to have a FUN shrimp tank...... Is it possible?
10-08-2011 03:15 AM
Lesley LOL, Ok.......... I thought it stood for Malaysian Trumpet Snails..... Silly me. Thanks
10-08-2011 03:14 AM
mordalphus Test kits are useful in 3 situations.

When first setting up a tank.

And when a problem occurs.

The third reason is purely OCD based. And that's verifying parameters.

If you indulge in verifying, I suggest you limit it to once a week.
10-08-2011 03:13 AM
mordalphus MTS = mineralized top soil
10-08-2011 03:05 AM
Lesley
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Originally Posted by GeToChKn View Post
My local Big Al's uses liquid API kit. To me, its a good thing to have to test for all the basics, especially once MTS gets you and you are always setting up tanks. lol.

HI
Wondering what you meant by "Once MTS gets you". Thanks
10-08-2011 01:34 AM
OverStocked I do weekly 50% water changes. That is it.

If you cycle a tank it should never have ammonia/nitrite. Once you have one cycled tank, getting the rest cycled is basically as easy as using some substrate or filter media from an established tank. For breeders, I use "dual" sponge filters. I just take one of the sponge filters out of the established tank and then put a new one in its place. Put the old one in a new tank and bam, instant cycle.

Shrimp have such a low bioload that it takes next to nothing if you haven't overfed.


I guess I'm not sure what you expect having these test kits will accomplish? If your shrimp are breeding good. If they are not, the list is relatively easy to fix. And those test strips from the lfs prob give you more than a close enough look at what is going on. Knowing gh and kh roughly gives you an idea of where to go, but once you establish a routine there is little need to change it.

A 9 dollar tds meter from ebay is the only thing I run.

You'd be further ahead buying something like shrimp stratum or aquasoil rather than all those test kits.
10-08-2011 01:11 AM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by Danimals View Post
Does the PetSmart in your area use the strips or actual drop tests? All the LFS (big box and otherwise) all use strips in my area.
They only use strips but they are nice enough to do it properly. As in waiting for the right about of time, writing it down on a sheet and even showed me the results just to doublecheck.
10-08-2011 01:02 AM
GeToChKn
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Originally Posted by Danimals View Post
Does the PetSmart in your area use the strips or actual drop tests? All the LFS (big box and otherwise) all use strips in my area.
My local Big Al's uses liquid API kit. To me, its a good thing to have to test for all the basics, especially once MTS gets you and you are always setting up tanks. lol.
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