New 29 gal planted tank (future Shrimp home)GH, KH, TDS issues
Hi, my name is Justin. I set up a 29 gal tank 2 weeks ago. I live in an apartment complex, and none of our faucets have the screw in component, so I couldn't use that adapter for an RO unit. My complex won't allow for any permanent RO unit instillation, and I don't yet feel confident in my plumbing ability to alter the sink plumbing. (Once I do enough research in that subject, I will likely install an RO unit to my sink plumbing). I also don't live near a LFS that sells freshwater. So, for now at least, I'm using tap water. I added water conditioner (with dechlorinater) to the tap water.
I used Fluval shrimp stratum and Eco complete as the substrate. I also have a large piece of mopani wood and a pile of rocks from a LFS for a shrimp hide. For plants, I have 3 moss balls from an established tank, 1 anubia, 2 amazon swords, 3 java ferns, and 5 plants (2 of one and 3 of another) whose names I can't remember. Over the past week, I have seen a large amount of bio film covering the wood and back glass panel of the tank. Water parameters have settled, so I have added 5 nerite snails, 7 chili rasbora, 3 ember tetra, and 3 tetra that are the same size as the embers, but silver colored.
I'm using an Aquaclear 30 with the intake extension to reach lower in the tank. Intake is covered by s Fluval edge foam piece. I'm using 2 aquaclear 30 sponges and some of the biomax inside the filter. For lighting, I have 2 18" Current Plus Pro lights. I have one of the lights running for 10 hours a day, and the other for 6 (comes on 2 hrs after, and turns off 2 hours before the other).
I have a heater set to 70, as a backup. We live in Metro Detroit (but closer to Ann Arbor). So, it's only recently begun to warm up. Over the winter, we keep the apartment at 68. In the summer, apartment temps can be between 72 and 74. I've heard that shrimp can be relatively adaptable to temperatures, as long as the changes are very gradual. I've paid close attention of the past 2 weeks, and the digital thermometer shows that tank temps range from 73.0 at night to 73.9 in the middle of the day. Should I just remove the heater?
My tap water parameters: Chlorine- between 0 and .25 to.50 ppm.
My current tank water parameters: Chlorine- 0
KH- 1 (turned yellow after 1 drop)
I assume that the substrate and maybe mopani wood buffered the water significantly. I really want to keep shrimp in the tank, and that's the reason I set up the tank. I don't plan to breed (for sale) the shrimp, but would also like to have a thriving colony. I had orginally planned to keep neocaridinia, as I've never kept freshwater fish before. I've read a lot on this forum, and watched a lot of videos on youtube. While I like the appearance of the caridinia species, it seems that neocaridinia tend to be more hardy. However, my tank parameters don't seem to currently fit the needs of either genus. Would doing small water changes, and replacing the water with RO re mineralized with Salty Shrimp GH+ or GH+/KH+ be the best way to reach the parameters that I need?
Out of the Neocaridinia, I like Cherry, Bloody mary, Black rose, and fantasy blue.
Out of the caridinia, I like crystal red and crystal blacks and the red tigers. I don't think I'm at all ready for any of the taiwan bees or other more delicate caridinias. As I don't plan to breed for sale, what can be kept together in a single tank without problems arising?
What species would make more sense to keep in my tank, based off the parameters I listed? With my starting point, would re mineralization be too difficult to keep any of the species?
I would also like to keep Thai micro crabs, lesser long nose shrimp, and a bamboo fan shrimp if those would be compatible?
Sorry for all of the questions, and thanks in advance for your help.