Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Willimantic, CT
From my experience, dosing flourish excel + leaf zone doesn't raise the TDS of my tap water very much. It comes out at ~150TDS, after I dose the correct amounts the water is at ~155 before I'm adding that into my 10 gallon tanks.
I found my TDS slowly crept higher and higher when I only siphoned off water during the WC's. Is that what you're doing? When my TDS reached ~400 I finally decided to stick the vac into my moss and suck up the shrimp poop that was there. TONS and TONS of crap came out and my TDS immediately dropped to 200. While you'll suck up SOME babies, I believe it's more beneficial to everything else in the tank if you vac the moss or congested areas in your tank at least twice a month. But this is just from my experience!
Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.
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