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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-21-2018, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 20g Long Neocardina tank with a HOB filter with a nozzle sponge that I just decided to add a sponge filter as well for extra surface agitation. But my question is, is that too much filtration? I also have an airstone. Is that too much going on in the tank for the Shrimp? I have a berried female blue, and my gH is between 20ppm and 60ppm. Nitrate and Nitrite is 0, and pH is around 6.4. I want the babies to survive for a colony. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

I also forgot to mention that it's also planted.

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You don't say what size the HOB is rated for... but it doesn't sound like too much filtration... however, your shrimp, adults and babies, are likely to die.


Your GH should be at 125 ppm or higher, which converted to German Degrees, is 7. Anything lower than a 5 or 6 and it's almost guaranteed failed molts. "Safe" I'd say at least 7-8 for most people.


Get yourself a liquid test kit for GH and KH and find out if you need to raise only GH or if you need to raise GH and KH.
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That's not too much IMO. I run a fluval 405 plus 2 double sponge filters on a 15 gal black panda shrimp tank , I will say your ph is pretty low for neos .
 
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No such thing as too much filtration. One thing that shrimp love is oxygen, the more the better.
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I run an Eheim 2213 on my 10 gallon shrimp tank...I'd say you're ok with an HOB lol. And I agree with gus, no such thing as too much. As long as they're not getting blown around the tank, which an HOB shouldn't do anyhow, you're good.
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Is that too much surface agitation?

Because I have an HOB, a sponge filter, and an airstone bar.

They def aren't getting blown around that's for sure. I'm just wondering lol

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What HOB are you running? And lots of surface agitation is fine, good even. Good air exchange that way. The bigger issue is, like I said, whether the shrimp are being blown around the tank or not. Sounds like you're just fine though, I wouldn't worry at all.
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It's a cheapo Aqua Tech power filter I got from Wal-Mart. It's the same thing as a marineland, but off brand. I use the Marineland filter cartridges though.
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