I'm going to be starting up my planted, rcs, cpds tank pretty soon and I want to make sure I am understanding TDS correctly. From what I have been read having a high TDS is not good(400+).
I have my water is softened, there is no option for me to not use non-softened water. The current water parameters coming out of the tap is as follows, PH 7.2, A 0, N 0 , N 0, GH 0*, KH 7*(100-120ppm).
TDS before my water is treated with Prime or Salty Shrimp Bee Shrimp GH+ is 192ppm, after I add Prime the TDS shoots up to around 380ppm. 380ppm is before the water is even added to the tank. With this high of a ppm I can only assume once I get my tank up and running I will have TDS reading of 500+.
To make sure I am understanding TDS correctly, just because my TDS is high does not mean it is an issue, correct? Is it also safe to assume that having a high plant load will reduce TDS? My main concern is that my TDS wont kill off the RCS and that eventually the shrimp will breed with time.