removal of snails in 4 gallon shrimp tank
Having an issue with too many MTS in my 4 gallon nano shrimp tank. When I remineralize my RO water, I do so to a KH of ~3-4. All my other tanks read this level when I test water parameters, but this little nano tank consistently reads ~1 KH.
I think this may be due to the huge numbers of MTS that are in the tank. I've tried manual remove of the larger snails and baiting the tank with spinach or cucumber, but so far I'm not able to effectively remove them. Would love advice on how to get rid of shrimp (as simply reducing population will just mean I arrive at this same issue a few months down the line).
Normally, I'd be fine with the snails, but I've noticed of the last couple of months what seems like a decrease in the shrimp population and I'm worried they don't have enough calcium to build their exoskeletons. Of course, this may all be my imagination (don't think it is, I don't see a bunch of baby shrimp in the tank even though I do see berried females) or it may reflect the shrimp population reaching a new steady state.
Other solution would be to manually adjust up the KH for this tank individually. If I wanted to raise the tank ~2 degrees KH, I arrived at adding .72 grams baking soda (based on 1 tsp baking soda in 50 L raising KH 4 degrees and 1 tsp baking soda weighing 4.8 grams).
Might reduce that in half at first to see how it affects KH in the tank.
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