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Good afternoon everyone,
I just moved to Washington from Oklahoma. From the little I have read online it seems like Washington has some awesome water!

I brought wth me my 10 gallon aquarium that only had some plants in it. I didn't stick it because I was exspecting a move. Anyways now that I am all moved in I was hoping to get some shrimp for my tank. I was thinking about some blue pearl shrimp but any simple shrimp will do.

Do any of you hobbiest have some shrimp for sale? I am also looking for some more S.Repens if anyone has some. I am located in SW Washington about 50 minutes north of Portland.

For all you aquarists with tanks in this state, do you just use tap water because of the excellent water quality? I was hoping to just use tap water. What's everyone's experience?

I am very excited to be in this beautiful state, hopefully I can find some local people looking to sell some stuff.

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-Matt
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Good afternoon everyone,
I just moved to Washington from Oklahoma. From the little I have read online it seems like Washington has some awesome water!

I brought wth me my 10 gallon aquarium that only had some plants in it. I didn't stick it because I was exspecting a move. Anyways now that I am all moved in I was hoping to get some shrimp for my tank. I was thinking about some blue pearl shrimp but any simple shrimp will do.

Do any of you hobbiest have some shrimp for sale? I am also looking for some more S.Repens if anyone has some. I am located in SW Washington about 50 minutes north of Portland.

For all you aquarists with tanks in this state, do you just use tap water because of the excellent water quality? I was hoping to just use tap water. What's everyone's experience?

I am very excited to be in this beautiful state, hopefully I can find some local people looking to sell some stuff.

Thanks
-Matt
Hi Matt,

Welcome to the Great Northwest! You are a ways from Seattle but closer to Portland. Both locations have great aquarium clubs, check out Greater Seattle Aquarium Society (GSAS) and Greater Portland Aquarium Society (GPAS). Your are about an hour away from the best aquarium shop in the Northwest - The Wet Spot in Portland. They always have an excellent assortment of fish and plants.

Yes, out water in the Northwest is typically good, very soft and very clean with little to no pollutants. It is great for breeding most species of fish (except livebearers) and for plants that like softer water.

I would suggest you check your local water, some city utilities use well water which can be much harder than 'snow melt' water off of the mountains. My water here in Seattle is typically <0.5 dKH and <2.0 dGH. In fact, I have to add GH Booster to my water so there is enough Ca and Mg and avoid deficiencies - typically I try for 4.0 - 5.0 dGH.

I was just getting ready to post some plants for sale on the forum. I will be offering Ludwigia repens x arcuata, Nymphoides hydrophylla (aka sp. 'Taiwan'), Persicaria sp. 'Kawagoeanum', Myriophyllum mattogrossense, Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Bronze, Helanthium (previously Echinodorus) bolivianum 'Vesuvius', along with some Microsorum pteropus (java fern) 'Trident'. All of my plants are snail-free.

Glad you are here!
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the response Roy!

I'll have to check out both of those clubs and the store down in Portland, maybe I'll make my way down there this weekend.

I'll get some good test kits for my water to make sure all my parameters are where they need to be.

I'll check over your plant list and will be in touch if i am looking to grow any of them.

-Matt
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