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30 Gallon Shrimp Tank

I am setting up this journal to ( along with documenting my journey into shrimp-keeping), hopefully, help other newcomers to shrimp-keeping.

As its been said, when you are learning, there are no "stupid questions"- only learning opportunities; so, you will find in this journal many examples of "learning opportunities".



My preliminary questions began in the attached thread. I asked a whole lotta questions and gotta whole lotta help from the many wonderful members on this site. You may want to look back at this thread if you are new to shrimp and need some basic questions answered about how to start.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/8...ld-shrimp.html


30 gallon tank - nothing fancy/

low-tech w/ low-light plants ( the usual: anubias, java fern, crypts, juncus, flame moss)


Hardscape: primarily driftwood/ some rock
Substrate: Caribsea Crystal River
Filter: Fluvel 206


Water Parameters:

Ph- 7.4
TDS 115
GH 5/KH 3


Temperature: 72 degrees



Livestock:



20 Wild Form Neocaridina Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi), Tank-Bred
10 Zebra Babaulti Shrimp (Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"), Tank-Bred

4 Otocinclus



Please forgive the ugly background- that will be remedied shortly.

Shrimp comes tomorrow!!




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Looking forward to seeing how this plays out for you.

Only thing I can offer is to suggest that you get that GH up a bit before adding shrimp.
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Looking forward to seeing how this plays out for you.

Only thing I can offer is to suggest that you get that GH up a bit before adding shrimp.
Thats right- the equilibrium. Ill do that now.

Edit: Added a tablespoon of equilibrium- should raise GH approximately 2 degrees.



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@richie.p is the shrimp man! Maybe he can be of some help!


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For acclimation of shrimp was planning on putting shrimp in large bowl and adding very small amounts of tank water over an hour period. Does this sound good or should I do it a different way?


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For acclimation of shrimp was planning on putting shrimp in large bowl and adding very small amounts of tank water over an hour period. Does this sound good or should I do it a different way?
Dripping is the best and the most safest way to acclimate shrimps...

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That'll work.

I always drop a bit of Prime into the water when I first open things up to be safe. Then I remove a bunch of the shipping water so there's more room in the container.

If you have a piece of airline tubing, you can use that and tie a loose knot to control flow to more of a drip. I use airline tubing and an airline flow valve to slowly drip over a couple hours. If you don't have a piece of tubing, just adding small amounts of water over an hour or two will be just fine.

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Dripping is the best and the most safest way to acclimate shrimps...

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Okay, sounds like my plan is good, thanks.

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That'll work.

I always drop a bit of Prime into the water when I first open things up to be safe. Then I remove a bunch of the shipping water so there's more room in the container.

If you have a piece of airline tubing, you can use that and tie a loose knot to control flow to more of a drip. I use airline tubing and an airline flow valve to slowly drip over a couple hours. If you don't have a piece of tubing, just adding small amounts of water over an hour or two will be just fine.

I do add the prime when acclimating fish on first opening bag- good idea- Ill do this as well with shrimp. I do have airline, but, I think Ill just do small amounts of water...


Just took a measurement with TDS meter--- TDS went from 115 to 135 with the addition of equilibrium.


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in your other thread you said KH 3 GH 5? is it actually 5 3? or...

I will often acclimate shrimp for many hours :/ but yeah basically use a container and either slowly drip in water or small amounts added at a time is also okay. It can probably be done quicker but I don't
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in your other thread you said KH 3 GH 5? is it actually 5 3? or...



I will often acclimate shrimp for many hours :/ but yeah basically use a container and either slowly drip in water or small amounts added at a time is also okay. It can probably be done quicker but I don't
Me too, I never rush with shrimps...

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in your other thread you said KH 3 GH 5? is it actually 5 3? or...

I will often acclimate shrimp for many hours :/ but yeah basically use a container and either slowly drip in water or small amounts added at a time is also okay. It can probably be done quicker but I don't
Your right! I reverted the KH/GH in this thread.

You really have to watch me.
It is actually correct in other thread KH 3/GH is 5.



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Well GH 5 or 7 are both probably alright for those shrimp so not too terrible to have raised it a little.
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Well GH 5 or 7 are both probably alright for those shrimp so not too terrible to have raised it a little.



Have plenty of time to do a water change if would be better to start them out lower.


They all appear to be active-alive- at this point. Some are really swimming around the bowl, others more subdued.

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That's debatable, better to get it to what you intend to keep the tank at imo, someone else might feel stronger about 5 vs 7 GH than I do. 3 would be a bit low...
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That's debatable, better to get it to what you intend to keep the tank at imo, someone else might feel stronger about 5 vs 7 GH than I do. 3 would be a bit low...
Ill wait for @somewhatshocked to give me advice. Given that I gave him the wrong numbers in this thread.



I just looked in the bowl and there are some shrimp in there that I didn't see at first--- that are barely visible. Very young babies.
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