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Unikorn 01-21-2013 04:41 PM

dry ferts and cherry shrimp
Would any of the dry ferts hurt the cherry shrimp? pressurized co2?

I use plantex csm+b, kno3,K2SO4, KH2PO4.
I'm using the ei method of dosing a 20 gallon planted tank.
My amounts are: 1/4 tsp KNO3, 1/8 tsp K2SO4, approx. 1/16 tsp KH2PO4, and 1/8 tsp plantex. I said approximately 1/16 tsp for the KH2PO4 because I don't fill the tsp up and push the ferts down so its less than half.

I have pressurized CO2 running 8 hrs per day and light running 8 hrs per day.

I've had a big cherry shrimp die off, I'm trying to figure out the cause. Could it be caused by the ferts? CO2?

Darkblade48 01-21-2013 09:33 PM

The levels at which we add fertilizers in EI dosing will not harm shrimp (as long as you keep up with the 50% water changes on a weekly basis).

The more likely culprit for your shrimp die off would be CO2 (or Excel, if you are using it).

Unikorn 01-21-2013 10:28 PM

I'm at around 40 psi. I counted 65 bubbles into the bubble counter per minute.

Unikorn 01-26-2013 03:36 PM

significantly reduced the CO2
I have significantly lowered the output of the pressurized CO2.
Also, stopped dosing Plantex+csm. I was dosing 1/8 tsp. on an EI schedule.
Since I've done this I found 1 molt :) And! the shrimp are more active!!

Thanks so much for your help guys!

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