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11-28-2012 04:57 PM
Betta Maniac Hahahahahaha!
11-28-2012 04:55 PM
somewhatshocked And you have more money for shrimp now!
11-28-2012 04:52 PM
Betta Maniac Yep. The wisdom of the forum continues ... I don't know why I was obsessed with a "clean slate" on the tank. Leaving the AS is just so much easier and smarter.
11-28-2012 04:49 PM
somewhatshocked Since you already have it in a tank, it's likely also loaded down with lots of goodies your shrimp (and baby shrimp, eventually) will thrive on.
11-28-2012 04:45 PM
Betta Maniac I can just leave the Aquasoil I have in there then. Makes life even easier. No need to pull out the million chain swords! I'll just rescape a bit and tidy up. THANKS!
11-28-2012 04:11 PM
somewhatshocked I like Fluval Shrimp Stratum because it's cheap and available all over the place. But if I had to pick a substrate for TBs, it would be Aquasoil.

Aside from buffering capacity (I'm not a fan of a pH of 7 for TBs but stability is more important than anything, regardless of parameters), Aquasoil gives you more flexibility for plants. Much easier to keep low maintenance plants healthy in AS than it is in other, less nutrient-packed substrates and you don't have to worry about root tabs for a long time.
11-28-2012 02:59 PM
Betta Maniac I'm aiming for pH 7, as that's what Speedie keeps/breeds his at and I want to try and match my tank as closely to his and his breeder’s as possible. If I use ADA AS, my pH plunges to like 5 and I have to use coral to bring it back up, and it's never "steady". Total PITA. Hence my decision to try the FSS, which many people, including Somewhatshocked, have had good results with. The tank I’m putting them in HAS 1 year old ADA AS in it now, so I could just leave that, rescape for the BKK, and not even bother with the FSS. Decisions, decisions…
11-28-2012 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by plamski View Post
Keeping VS Breeding !
I've never heard of anyone I know keeping TB's having two way different pH tanks for "breeding" and "keeping".
11-28-2012 01:25 PM
plamski Keeping VS Breeding !
11-28-2012 11:23 AM
Originally Posted by speedie408 View Post
Everyone has their own opinion of keeping Taiwan bees. I'm just keeping them in similar params as my source. If you follow what I've advised you, you'll be just fine.

Of course you can change it up and do your own methods as folks give you their advice, but that just means your shrimp will have to readapt even more. There's def more than one way to skin a cat.
What parameters are you keeping them at??
11-28-2012 05:15 AM
sbarbee54 Ph drop with Amazonia is depending on your starting conditions as I have found some bags stronger than others it is currently dropping my 7.4 tap tds 30 I remineralize it to gh 5 tds 150 to 5.1-4.8

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11-28-2012 12:58 AM
plamski Amazonia NEW or ADA Africana and PH under 6 for breeding. PH under 6.7 for keeping them alive. You can add peat moss to lover PH but it is not permanent solution.
11-28-2012 12:51 AM
aznrice247 FFS is really for Neos. If your gonna go with the good shrimps you needa treat em well with the good stuff.
11-28-2012 12:26 AM
Vincent Tran
Originally Posted by sayurasem View Post
Choose your substrate according your shrimp's need. Amazonia bring ph down to 6.4, Africana bring ph down to 5.9, Malaya brings ph down to 5.5.
My Amazonia brings my pH down under 6. I heard that the new Amazonia buffers around the same as Africana/ Malaya too? Anyway, a lot of people have had success with Amazonia but there are mixed reviews on FSS.
11-28-2012 12:10 AM
sayurasem Aquasoil is a must for keeping Taiwan bee. In fact Aquasoil is cheaper than Fluval Stratum.

9l Aquasoil $30 (AFA) = 22lb of substrate. Where 8.8lb FSS is $20.

I use Nutrafin ciclid as well and it has been nothing but great consistency on TDS level for the past 3 months.

Choose your substrate according your shrimp's need. Amazonia bring ph down to 6.4, Africana bring ph down to 5.9, Malaya brings ph down to 5.5.

Good luck on your shrimp journey!
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