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Old 01-17-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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First incomplete molt - do I need to do something?


I feel pretty good about the fact that I think I just saved my Pumpkin's life by pulling the molt of her, but, in a year I've never seen that happen to them.
I hardly ever test GH & KH because I just use RO water and supp with Mosura Mineral Plus, and test it with a TDS pen.
So today I measured and the GH was 8, which is a bit higher than I thought, and KH is 0ish.
TDS Was 237 in the tank. I usually put the water in around 150-160.
Can this just be a freak accident or is it indicative that I need to add something for them?
I have orange Neos and SSS CBS in there.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:46 AM   #2
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Also, my ph is about 6.6 or so.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:49 AM   #3
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Don't take any advice from me, but i'm sure your pumpkin shrimp is very thankful.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:59 AM   #4
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Don't take any advice from me, but i'm sure your pumpkin shrimp is very thankful.
Haha, thank you! I hope so, it was accomplished in a moment of pure panic so I'm glad it seems to have worked.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:48 AM   #5
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So any advice from anyone about preventing this from happening again?
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:10 AM   #6
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Maybe split the two packs of SSS and oranges. Oranges are pretty finicky but I got them in a setup with OEBT similar to yours.

However my orange source says they dont breed for him unless its above 300 TDS
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Well, my oranges are doing awesome and the population is exploding. Breeding is definitely happening!
I'm just wondering if my params are ok to prevent molting issues or if I should add something?
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #8
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Well ok then...
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:13 PM   #9
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The problem is what you would need to so to help with the moulting issues in the neos will cause moulting problems with the crystals. So the best solution, as has already been pointed out, is to move the neos to a new tank that can better meet their specific needs.
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Yes I see neos doing best is 7+ ph. Your GH might be a bit high I never like it over 6 for any of my shrimp. TDS looks good. Might try some calcium Mont to help with molting issues.
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Im not experieced... But maybe its just a random bad molt. Because its the first bad molt youve had i wouldnt worry about it unless it happens again.
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The pH has been that way for a year and they have been doing fabulous except now with this one thing. I don't remember pH having an effect on molting or am I wrong about that?
Maybe the calcium would help. And yes, the GH has gotten higher than I usually like too. Would that be fixed with a series of water changes? I don't do a ton anymore, I find that my shrimp are happier that way..
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Not about molting but about thricing and breeding. They will still live in lower ph and do some breeding, but for them to thrive a higher PH is definatley the way to go.

Yes small water changes will help that. As I do weekly on most of my tanks and bi weekly on others in smaller amounts. I find water changes if done right do not effect any of my shrimp including my TB's and so delicate BTOE
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