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Nevermind-- Im good- I figured it out.


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Just now seeing this.

It's not a *must* but I keep most of my Neos at about kH 2-3 and gH 7-8. If you want to change your gH, do it slowly with water changes.

Without knowing more about their death, seeing bodies, etc, it's tough to say hardness had anything to do with it.

If they were adults, it's possible they were at the end of their lifespan. If they were imports from a mass seller, it's possible they weren't as healthy as they seemed - thanks to stress, any number of other factors.
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Just now seeing this.

It's not a *must* but I keep most of my Neos at about kH 2-3 and gH 7-8. If you want to change your gH, do it slowly with water changes.

Without knowing more about their death, seeing bodies, etc, it's tough to say hardness had anything to do with it.

If they were adults, it's possible they were at the end of their lifespan. If they were imports from a mass seller, it's possible they weren't as healthy as they seemed - thanks to stress, any number of other factors.
I added a tsp of equilibrium to a cup of tank-water and added that back last night and the TDS went from 88 to 150. I didnt test GH because didn't think would be accurate.

This morning tested GH and stayed the same- 4. The TDS meter read 188. This all makes no sense to me. I need to get some distilled water to make sure the TDS meter is reading accurately. But, regardless, it seems that the GH should have raised by 3.

I didnt use the Salty Shrimp becuase read that shouldn't use remineralizers with KH with active substrates like Controsoil.


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Salty Shrimp GH+ won't impact kH. Only Salty Shrimp GH/KH products will. Which are you using?


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I have the GH/KH Salty Shrimp right now.


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I have the GH/KH Salty Shrimp right now.
I know it doesnt help Amy, but back when I first got my blues I had a constant stream of deaths until I finally stopped messing with kh. Though they are not prolific breeders, they are health and happy growing slowly as well. Like you have said, I simply stopped fighting my buffering soil and it all soon calmed down.
As we know from the thread you created, steady parameters is key. Get this and wait, it will all fall into place soon after, I am sure of it!
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I know it doesnt help Amy, but back when I first got my blues I had a constant stream of deaths until I finally stopped messing with kh. Though they are not prolific breeders, they are health and happy growing slowly as well. Like you have said, I simply stopped fighting my buffering soil and it all soon calmed down.
As we know from the thread you created, steady parameters is key. Get this and wait, it will all fall into place soon after, I am sure of it!
So frustrating to lose shrimp.


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The female babaulti was out so I was able to get a picture. She is no longer berried. Im not sure if it was successful or not... time will tell. She seems perfectly content, regardless.

The light that was on here went kaput already so had to return and Buceplant sending me a replacement. I am kinda liking this light on this tank now, I might just keep it this way and put the other light on the 5 gallon cylinder vase am setting up. What do you think? This light or the other light? I can always get another light for the vase.





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I think the tank looks nice with the cover on it and would use the other LED fixture you're having replaced on the vase.

With cover on, the Flex seems to direct your eye into the tank instead of allowing you to linger at the surface or top area of the front glass.
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I think the tank looks nice with the cover on it and would use the other LED fixture you're having replaced on the vase.

With cover on, the Flex seems to direct your eye into the tank instead of allowing you to linger at the surface or top area of the front glass.
Totally agree! Also, its much brighter to me than it was in the beginning.


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I tested some parameters in tank:

KH 2
GH 5
TDS 280 ( is this too high?) I just did a 50% water change yesterday and it was at 250 before water change. Any added TDS I imagine is just from the Equilibrium.

The Bloody Mary's are all doing well. Some are berried, but, no babies as yet. I havent seen my female babaulti for a few days, but, have seen the 2 males I put in here as well.


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My tanks are about 300 to 350 tds per the meter I have. My rcs/bloody Mary's/wilds do just fine. KH 4 GH 5 PH 8. That is after using equilibrium to raise GH from 1.

Just my experience
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Forgot to add my tap is about 160TDS
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Checked KH and GH on this tank.

KH is 1
GH is 5

Looks like I should be using the remineralizer that raises both KH and GH.


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After 3 months of this tank being set up- first sight of shrimp babies. Ill have to look back to see when I introduced shrimp, it must have been about a month to 6 weeks ago? (Edit: I looked back, added shrimp 5 weeks ago).
Not absolutely sure of which type Im seeing, but the nose looks shorter like C. babaulti "zebra".

There was one shrimp on glass side that appeared bigger than the smaller ones on substrate, so there are at least 2 groups of babies in here.
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