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Old 09-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #16
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2 water changes a week is way too much. Most people do 1-2 a month, maybe 1 a week. You also have to realize that add 7pH RO water, which has a kH of 0, is going to buffer down very quickly by the soil and won't affect the shrimp. Everyone who uses buffering substrate has the same thing. Adding RO water that is higher in pH than the water, but the substrate will buffer it down. The key is keeping the gH/TDS of the water change water closer to what you are changing, and let the substrate buffer the pH. I would top off the tank with pure RO water during the week to keep the water level the same and then change maybe twice a month with RO mixed with whatever you use for minerals.

Still have to figure out why your water is 300+ TDS though with such a low gh/kh. That could be the cause of no babies around.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:16 PM   #17
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Could the high TDS be another issue with the substrate? When I first set up the tank the water was very cloudy for a couple days, even though I rinsed the gravel.

I'm guessing that though the water is clear there's still bits of the "dust" from the gravel floating around.

I will cut back on the water changes, I just like to keep things as clean as possible. I do not add minerals because I'm not entirely sure how much to add, and was thinking with the waters hardness the mineral content was okay.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:46 PM   #18
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I have a very similar tank. I have fss substrate in a EBi fluval tank with moss and plants. I have the filter that cane with the tank running. My shrimp are low grade with nice color. I just found some tiny few day old babies. I have not done a wc in 2 weeks just top off with tap water.

My tank has been running for 6 months. Ph 7, kh2, gh4, temp 70f . Tds 116.
I use tab water. The crs I bought off eBay from a person that raises them in similar water to mine. So I have had good luck with these shrimp they are happy.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:34 PM   #19
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It is not going to be because you rinsed the FSS, most shrimpers with experience with high end shrimp say not to rinse it at all.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:33 AM   #20
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Guess I'll look around this little forum of ours to figure out how to add minerals to the RO water.

I have Fluval Shrimp Mineral Supplement (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=135520), as well as a jar of powdered Equilibrium and a bottle of Replenish on hand.

Thinking Replenish isn't what I'm needing, but by looking Equilibrium at Seachem's website it looks like it may do the job. It's Dose Calculator (on their website) says it'll take about 0.9 teaspoon of Equilibrium to raise one gallon of RO water's 0 gh to 6 gh. Will try that in the jug and give it some time before adding it to the tank. Will test the results, first, of course.

Wish me luck!

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:31 AM   #21
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Good news! I found five newly born cherry shrimp in the Fluval tank. They're hiding in the floating java moss. Who knows how many more are in there...

A happy grandpa here. (The pics aren't oriented right for some reason. LOL!)

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:49 AM   #22
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YAY babies!
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:55 AM   #23
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Yes, and I'm so proud.

Puzzle for ya... There's at least two shrimpettes in the second picture, can you find the second one? LOL!

(and how does one go about to rotate pics in here?)
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It's been ages since I posted anything here...

A pic or two of the Fluval Ebi tank taken tonight :



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Old 01-16-2013, 09:13 AM   #25
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Maybe I'm weird but I kinda like the C grade CRS you have in there.
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Not sure which is which, but I like em all. :-)

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