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01-16-2013 08:55 AM
Rob in Puyallup Not sure which is which, but I like em all. :-)

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01-16-2013 08:13 AM
binbin9 Maybe I'm weird but I kinda like the C grade CRS you have in there.
01-14-2013 04:16 AM
Rob in Puyallup It's been ages since I posted anything here...

A pic or two of the Fluval Ebi tank taken tonight :

09-28-2012 02:55 AM
Rob in Puyallup Yes, and I'm so proud.

Puzzle for ya... There's at least two shrimpettes in the second picture, can you find the second one? LOL!

(and how does one go about to rotate pics in here?)
09-28-2012 02:49 AM
ravensgate YAY babies!
09-28-2012 02:31 AM
Rob in Puyallup Good news! I found five newly born cherry shrimp in the Fluval tank. They're hiding in the floating java moss. Who knows how many more are in there...

A happy grandpa here. (The pics aren't oriented right for some reason. LOL!)
09-27-2012 02:33 AM
Rob in Puyallup Guess I'll look around this little forum of ours to figure out how to add minerals to the RO water.

I have Fluval Shrimp Mineral Supplement (, as well as a jar of powdered Equilibrium and a bottle of Replenish on hand.

Thinking Replenish isn't what I'm needing, but by looking Equilibrium at Seachem's website it looks like it may do the job. It's Dose Calculator (on their website) says it'll take about 0.9 teaspoon of Equilibrium to raise one gallon of RO water's 0 gh to 6 gh. Will try that in the jug and give it some time before adding it to the tank. Will test the results, first, of course.

Wish me luck!

09-26-2012 10:34 PM
rodcuda It is not going to be because you rinsed the FSS, most shrimpers with experience with high end shrimp say not to rinse it at all.
09-26-2012 09:46 PM
Snowflake311 I have a very similar tank. I have fss substrate in a EBi fluval tank with moss and plants. I have the filter that cane with the tank running. My shrimp are low grade with nice color. I just found some tiny few day old babies. I have not done a wc in 2 weeks just top off with tap water.

My tank has been running for 6 months. Ph 7, kh2, gh4, temp 70f . Tds 116.
I use tab water. The crs I bought off eBay from a person that raises them in similar water to mine. So I have had good luck with these shrimp they are happy.
09-26-2012 03:16 PM
Rob in Puyallup Could the high TDS be another issue with the substrate? When I first set up the tank the water was very cloudy for a couple days, even though I rinsed the gravel.

I'm guessing that though the water is clear there's still bits of the "dust" from the gravel floating around.

I will cut back on the water changes, I just like to keep things as clean as possible. I do not add minerals because I'm not entirely sure how much to add, and was thinking with the waters hardness the mineral content was okay.
09-26-2012 03:03 PM
GeToChKn 2 water changes a week is way too much. Most people do 1-2 a month, maybe 1 a week. You also have to realize that add 7pH RO water, which has a kH of 0, is going to buffer down very quickly by the soil and won't affect the shrimp. Everyone who uses buffering substrate has the same thing. Adding RO water that is higher in pH than the water, but the substrate will buffer it down. The key is keeping the gH/TDS of the water change water closer to what you are changing, and let the substrate buffer the pH. I would top off the tank with pure RO water during the week to keep the water level the same and then change maybe twice a month with RO mixed with whatever you use for minerals.

Still have to figure out why your water is 300+ TDS though with such a low gh/kh. That could be the cause of no babies around.
09-26-2012 02:47 PM
Rob in Puyallup One last question before this thread goes to sleep...

I'm still a bit concerned about doing partial water changes since I can't get the new water anywhere near the same pH as that in the tank... I typically do two water changes a week, replacing one gallon of tank water. If I replace the tank water with RO with it's pH at about 7.0 won't that stress the shrimp a bit too much? Would replacing the water slowly, say over an hour or so, be okay, or would it be wise to replace it even slower?

Thanks again for the input!
09-26-2012 02:11 AM
Rob in Puyallup So... I guess the pH of 6.0 is okay for the crystals. They're the one's I'm concerned about. Maybe I'm just rushing them, or something...

I have been avoiding the buffering idea... I easily get confused with water chemistry and at my age lord knows I can't afford any more of that! (Confusion, that is!)

09-26-2012 02:08 AM
ravensgate I agree with another tank Prime will alter ammonia results on API tests. API ammonia tests only tests for total ammonia, which also accounts for ammonium which is what Prime turns ammonia too, it's harmless form. So you have no idea if it's seeing free ammonia (toxic) or ammonium because it doesn't differentiate. Seachem's ammonia test accounts for both free ammonia AND total ammonia so you know exactly what you are dealing with. The only time I trust API ammonia test is when it reads zero. Anything above that and I bust out the Seachem test to see exactly what I'm dealing with.
09-26-2012 02:08 AM
Rob in Puyallup LOL!

I do have a 35 gal Hex (my avatar, that pic taken when I first joined this forum) with cherries, crystals and a couple ghosts. There's some Celestial Pearl Danios in it as well... and one male Tiger guppy (pretty thing, that one!)

It's been a while since I've checked it's parameters, but on Sept 1 it's KH was 4 drops, it's GH was 7 drops. It, too, has various mosses and ferns. Until 6 weeks or so ago it was filled with only tap water, now I do partials filling with mostly RO so it's parameters have been changing.

Things are lively in that tank too, but it's so large that seeing shrimp isn't common until I add a bit of food.
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