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High Tech Shrimp Tank (RODI / Remineralization)

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Specs:
  • Tank: 20g
  • Light: Twinstar LED
  • C02: Pressurized
  • Substrate: ADA Aquasoil
  • Ferts: EI w/ GLA dry

This tank will contain some form of Taiwan bee shrimp. I have three questions:

1) Since I have a buffered substrate, would I be looking to remineralize with a GH supplement only? (e.g. Equilibrium/Saltybee GH+)

2) Will remineralizers such as Equilibrium/SaltyBee GH+ provide everything I need for plants such as HC Cuba, Pogostemon Helferi, etc used within RODI water? (I will be dosing ferts)

3) Would it be possible to keep fish (oto/tetra) in a 0-1 KH environment?

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Howdy!

Specs:
  • Tank: 20g
  • Light: Twinstar LED
  • C02: Pressurized
  • Substrate: ADA Aquasoil
  • Ferts: EI w/ NilocG

This tank will contain some form of Taiwan bee shrimp. I have three questions:

1) Since I have a buffered substrate, would I be looking to remineralize with a GH supplement only? (e.g. Equilibrium/Saltybee GH+)

2) Will remineralizers such as Equilibrium/SaltyBee GH+ provide everything I need for plants such as HC Cuba, Pogostemon Helferi, etc used within RODI water? (I will be dosing ferts)

3) Would it be possible to keep fish (oto/tetra) in a 0-1 KH environment?

Thanks all!
1. Yes, you will only need to address GH. Adding KH would be detrimental to your substrate over time, as the substrate will buffer out the carbonates and exhaust at a much faster rate.
2. Equilibrium I regard as more of a GH Booster, as it calls itself, vs a remineralizer. If you fully remineralize with Equilibrium, you're adding in a lot of K. I have run into problems with inverts and excessive K levels. I would recommend you use MgSO4 and CaSO4 for the most cost effective GH remineralizing. SaltyBee would also be fine, just much more expensive.
3. With a buffered substrate, keeping fish in a 0 dKH environment is a non-issue. KH in non-buffered aquariums is simply to prevent wild pH swings, in theory. I've seen more and more that this may not be as big of a concern as previously believed.
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1. Yes, you will only need to address GH. Adding KH would be detrimental to your substrate over time, as the substrate will buffer out the carbonates and exhaust at a much faster rate.
2. Equilibrium I regard as more of a GH Booster, as it calls itself, vs a remineralizer. If you fully remineralize with Equilibrium, you're adding in a lot of K. I have run into problems with inverts and excessive K levels. I would recommend you use MgSO4 and CaSO4 for the most cost effective GH remineralizing. SaltyBee would also be fine, just much more expensive.
3. With a buffered substrate, keeping fish in a 0 dKH environment is a non-issue. KH in non-buffered aquariums is simply to prevent wild pH swings, in theory. I've seen more and more that this may not be as big of a concern as previously believed.
What sort of problems with inverts?
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