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Old 02-17-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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CRS Low PH


I will be ready to get some CRS in a week or two but My PH is a bit below the ideal range. It is 5.5 - 6.0 (test is in steps of 0.5) and wonder if this will effect the shrimp at all? I know people have had success with a high PH but not many post about having a PH below 5 so if anyone has any experience with this I would love to hear about it.

I use 100% RO water with Bee Shrimp Mineral GH+ and my substrate is ADA Malaya.

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They will be fine in that ph. Just acclimate them slowly in case they are coming from a different ph. What is your set up and how long has it been up and running?
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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They will be fine in that ph. Just acclimate them slowly in case they are coming from a different ph. What is your set up and how long has it been up and running?
I have a 60L with ADA malaya substrate and it is heavily planted. I have Co2 at a low rate (never goes past dark green) and dose EI daily. It has been running for 1 month with an established filter and has no fish or shrimp yet. The substrate is still leaching ammonia slightly so just waiting for it to go before I add anything.
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If your shrimp aren't coming from tanks that are dosed regularly with fertilizer, you could run into problems. That'll be more of an issue to deal with than pH.

What's your GH? KH? Those are important parameters to know.

Unless you're an experienced shrimper, it may be better for you to keep Neos until you get the hang of what works with even lower grade Crystals.

If you're absolutely set on Crystals, then you're going to need to do things slowly. Stop CO2 injection, stop the fert dosing and allow the shrimp to settle for a few days before you start things up again. And then, do so slowly and incrementally.
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My old tank was Netlea soil which would bring the pH down to 4.8 and my CRS did fine in it.
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If your shrimp aren't coming from tanks that are dosed regularly with fertilizer, you could run into problems. That'll be more of an issue to deal with than pH.

What's your GH? KH? Those are important parameters to know.

Unless you're an experienced shrimper, it may be better for you to keep Neos until you get the hang of what works with even lower grade Crystals.

If you're absolutely set on Crystals, then you're going to need to do things slowly. Stop CO2 injection, stop the fert dosing and allow the shrimp to settle for a few days before you start things up again. And then, do so slowly and incrementally.
I use RO water with Bee Shrimp Mineral GH+ which puts the GH at about 5 and KH at 0. I will definitely do things slowly when I finally get them and I do have my heart set on CRS!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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i would start with s grade they tend to be more hardy than some of the high grades and are still pretty. but then i like more red on them myself so i like the lower grades lol
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