Originally Posted by Mark1412
Wow thanks for the detailed response.
I've visited my LFS and they sell RO water so I think that's going to come in handy as my water provider states we have a PH of 8. I'm a newcomer to shrimp so I'm going to start off with Red Cherries but in the future I'd like to branch out so planning ahead and trying to get the water hardness down early seems like a good idea.
I'm with you on the whole taking up too much room in the tank - it's going to annoy me enough with a heater in there - so I think I'll keep the search up for an external one.
I've been doing a fair bit of research over the past week so I've got a test kit/heater etc lined up. It's the filter, water conditioners and light that have been my concerns but you've put two of those worries to rest so thanks once again.
Anyway I'll keep checking back to see how yours is working out and hopefully start a thread of my own in the next few weeks!
I am not using a heater in any of my small (10 and under) tanks.
My house is about 68 degrees year round. With the lights on the water heats up to close to 70 during the day and most shrimp are fine with that.
Looking forward to seeing your setup!