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Old 09-09-2013, 04:02 AM   #1
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Red Root Floaters in Shrimp Tank


So I placed some red root floaters in my 5 gallon shrimp tank, to help with absorbing all the nasty stuff. So my question is will red root floaters affect the ph of a tank. I checked my water a couple of days ago and found the ammonia and nitrates a little high, so I did a water change. When I tested the ph it was at 6.0 or below, so I added a few pieces of crushed coral to raise the ph. Checked water again today everything else is fine expect the ph is still reading at 6.0. I had a couple of fire red shrimp in there and a couple of other shrimp. Today I found two of them dead. I know the ph is low that is why I am trying to raise it a little bit at a time using the coral.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:12 AM   #2
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I don't think RRF has anything to do with the PH of the tank, except it comes with some poisons that could make the shrimps died. There should be anything in your tank that keeps the PH low: substrate, tap water...
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:31 AM   #3
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The plants shouldn't affect your pH. What were they before you added the plants? Did you quarantine them before adding them to your tank? I quarantine the snot out of my plants before I add them to shrimp tanks, I'm talking dips, soaks, rinses for 1-2 weeks. That was my old paranoia though. Now I don't add ANY plants to my shrimp tanks. LOL.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:36 AM   #4
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I could not really say what they were before I added the RRF I do not check often unless I see dead shrimp. I know I need to check more often. They were in my main tank for about a week or so.
Junglefowl I have looked it up on the internet and I do not find any information that this particular plant carries any kind of toxic chemicals. I also know that other people use it for their shrimp tanks.
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Dead shrimp are probably because you had ammonia in your tank like you mentioned. Ammonia in a shrimp tank is either from a substrate disturbance and it caused a spike or because your tank is not fully cycled or good bacteria was wiped out in the tank

It is not the plants

Give us the whole details of the tank what is in it substrate and all readings. And thing new added change in anything you do to it


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the coral is going to raise gh/kh. also what substrate are you using? its normal for soil like ADA soil to buffer it that low
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Of course the plant does not have poison in it. I meant where you bought it from (or where you got it from), they have something comes with the plants that is not suitable with the shrimps. Because of that, normally I have to dip, soak and wash them before adding to the shrimps tank.
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I am thinking that it was a ammonia spike that caused the deaths, because I did disturb the substrate a couple of days ago I tried to remove most of the regular aquarium gravel that was mixed in with the substrate. The tank is a 5 or so gallon critter keeper, with a combination of eco complete and fluorite. one and a half sponge filters only because I can not find a hob filter small enough for the size of the tank, temp is usually around 76/78, lighting is a 6500K CFL bulb on for 8/9 hours daily. I also add some cyperus helferi, red root floaters, a couple stems of rotala and myrio, and a piece of aged driftwood that came from my other ten that has baby plecos in it. The next day water tested at Ammonia=1.0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=10, PH=6.0 I usually do not test KH/GH as it is too difficult to read the results, I did do a 10% water change that day. When I tested the water last night it came out as follows Ammonia=0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=5, PH=6.0
I have used crushed coral before to raise the ph of a tank, I also need to raise my Gh, if I read the test results right my GH out of the tap is like at 2/3 and it needs to be higher for shrimp.
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