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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-22-2017, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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ro water 4 tds add seachem equilibrium and tds jumps 220 anyone else experience this with this product thinking about saltyshrimp any testings on that
this is 4 gallons of water
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Adding anything to the water will increase TDS levels. Salty shrimp will do the same thing.

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If this is for a shrimp tank and you want lower TDS, then you need to get shrimp specific minerals.

If you plan on keeping Neos on a none-buffering substrate, then you need to add KH as well, which will raise the GH even further - unless, again, you choose shrimp specific minerals. Liquid ones in particular can be even lower in TDS than powdered versions.

If this is for more sensitive shrimp, such as Caridinas, then they'll need a buffering substrate and GH minerals only.

Equilibrium can be used, it's just not geared towards shrimp.
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With Equilibrium, it's mostly Potassium, and it works fine for most shrimp - even bees.

It really depends on where you want your TDS to sit and whether you want some more delicate plants with them.

Other remineralizers are "cleaner", but higher TDS can actually have an interesting effect on coloration and carapace development. Some people are even creating "metallic" steel red/blue by messing with non-GH increasing enzymes and minerals that bring TDS up creating some of those cool looks.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2017, 03:16 AM
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You can play around with the water to Equilibrium ratio. When I first used it I added the amount the instructions stated and ended up with a higher GH and TDS than I anticipated. The next time I mixed a batch of water I cut the amount of Equilibrium in half and am much happier with the results.
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