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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-21-2020, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Water change

I'm new to shrimp keeping and I have a 5 gallon tank which just last night saw baby shrimplets. I was supposed to do a water change but not sure if that's even possible with the little ones iust recently out. The tank has had water evaporate and I'm not sure what to do.
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Water evaporation - just pour RO/distilled water back into tank

Water changes - get cheap panty hose and siphon water out using large airline tube or just scoop out water - making sure not to gather any babies. Either match new water going in to what's already in there or make it softer to keep the water parameters in line with where you want them. (evaporation causes water to get harder over time with not enough water changes/not using any RO/distilled to replenish what evaporated out)
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What I use is tap water and add aqua safe and safestart.
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For my smaller 5g tanks I just siphon into a bucket so that if I should get a shrimp or two I can catch them and return to the tank. But it's just as easy to use something like a dip and pour or even just a cup to remove water.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-22-2020, 12:05 AM
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my shrimp tank water change kit is an 2 liter (4pint) mineral water bottle with a 6mm and 3mm (1/4 and 1/8) holes drilled in the lid, 1m (3ft) of airline and an air stone and a house brick (which may be optional depending on tank size).
Pipe runs through larger hole in lid tight enough to self seal, air stone on the free end dangled in the tank.
Squeeze some air from the bottle, place finger over smaller hole and let the bottle resume its shape starting it siphoning, place bottle on top of the brick next to the tank which raises the top just above the waterline and wander away and forget about it for while.
Later empty the bottle on your houseplants or down the sink, fill it with fresh RO (or tap flavor and treatment), leave to warm up then when you remember again it remove the air stone, place the bottle on the tank lid, place finger on small hole , squeeze to start siphon into tank this time and walk away and forget about it again.
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