Originally Posted by randyl
CO2 in shrimp tanks is controversial, although some Asian breeders use it in high end shrimp tanks with success. But plant growth generally isn't their goal. Most of them use CO2 to achieve a low PH (5-5.5) environment to control bacterial growth, and for that, a PH controller is almost a must. As a beginner myself, I wouldn't use it to complicate things....
...If I'm setting up my shrimps tanks again from scratch (I have more than 10 tanks now with different setups), I would use 25G tanks, good active substrate (ADA for example as not all substrates are easily accessible), a capable canister hooked up with DIY PVC UGF, sponge filter(s), moss walls and moss on flat DW, floating plants, and a good enough light. Then keep it simple from there...
Keep it simple at the beginning as it almost always gets more complicated. The most important factor is patience and a positive attitude that's always willing to learn. And keep your hands out of the tank, that's harder than it seems.
Thanks very much Randy, your post is very helpful.
I understand the potential conflict with CO2. I'm planning on starting with LEDS dimmed to ~40 PAR and using CO2 at lesser levels to promote plant growth and hopefully
avoid algae. You do point out another potential concern - The plantings will be mostly HC. Very few taller, good-place-to-hide plants. I'm not planning any fish (at least early on) and there will be a moss tree, but might it be a bit barren to shrimp?
As for simplicity - I gave that up years ago
I'll be leveraging my Apex controller that manages a couple reef tanks in the same room. This will allow precise management of CO2, lighting, auto-top off and temps.
The only thing I confident of is patience - That I've got covered
Thanks again for your time!
Originally Posted by acitydweller
1. maybe you are inquiring which shrimp you would "start" with rather than keep since many of us keep several types across numerous tanks. http://www.planetinverts.com/
also lays out much of the ins and outs to things like acclimation, trapping, egg hatching, etc... pretty articles written there. shrimpnow is also another good resource for shrimpy information.
2. shrimpkeeping.com will provide a table of species and their water requirements for reference.
3. though i have numerous products on the shelf, the ones that i go to nowadays are:
Shirakura CA+ - Remineralizer to raise kh
Calcium Montmorillonite clay - remineralizer (Montmorillonte benefits here
(shell strengthener and helps to detox shrimp and tank)
BorneoWild Vital - Vitamins
BorneoWild Shield - replenishes necessary minerals for shrimp
BorneoWild Bebi - feeds baby and adult shrimps
Calcium enriched veggie sticks - sold by jake search "om om om"
Prime - water conditioner to neutralize chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals from tap
Hikari sinking veggie waffers
Shirakura Soft taste (i have a preference for waffer type foods. cleaner to handle, offers more surface area for shrimp to feed on)
Your'e right - I meant start with
- I contracted multiple tank syndrome years ago and will no doubt add more over time.
I've been using the reference table at shrimpkeeping.com and will check out planetinverts. It seems the key is to find the best range of paramaters that will support the widest variety. I was hoping that between my well water, RO-only water (for drinking and ice cubes) and zero TDS RO/DI (Reefs) I would have something close to what I needed for this tank. In looking at the results, I'm not so sure...
Water Parameters - API Liquid Tests
------Well----Sink RO----RO/DI (aged)
Gh --< 1---< 1----------0
If I'm interpreting this correctly, it looks like my best option will be to buffer the RO/DI? I was hoping I'd have an out-of-the-tap option
I've been trying to come up with a shrimp plan, and after reviewing the individual species needs and pairing down what I like - Initially I thought I would target 7.2~7.4pH, 4~5KH, 6~8GH. It appears that would that will provide for the greatest options in shrimp species.
It seems CA+ is very popular. Is Prime still recommended with 0TDS RO/DI source water?
Thanks much for your help!