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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2020, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Acclimating Shrimp to High Tech

Have tried Tangerine Tigers in the past in my high tech tank with little luck. My tank is pretty stable and I'm going to try again with another 10 TTs from Flip Aquatics (always seem to arrive healthy)

Parameters -

PH 6.6
GH 6
KH 0
TDS 130-140

Other details -

Injected CO2 (green drop checker)
Tropica soil
Lots of pacific driftwood
Heavily plants (mix of stems and epiphytes)
NilocG Thrive+ three times per week
No fish, but I've had amanos and nerites that have done well for 1+ year in there

Any advice on acclimating the shrimp? Usually drip for about 3 hours at 1 drop per second. Should I be doing anything differently?

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I keep 2 high tech shrimp tanks and don't do a whole lot differently than any other shrimp tank except for adding fertilizers more slowly. I don't know if Flip is producing these or importing them, but I'd stay away from imports if you can find home bred shrimp from the USA. Long term survival is just so much better with shrimp that haven't traveled halfway across the globe.

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I do not have any experience acclimating shrimp to a high tech setup, so feel free to take my advice with a grain of salt.

What I have heard that helps acclimating them is to turn off the CO2 and keep it turned off for a few days to a week so they can get acclimated to your normal water parameters. Once you start up the CO2, dial it down. So if you run, say, 3 bps, start out with 1 bps or fewer and raise it every few days until you are back to your regular CO2 dosing. In this way, it is less of a shock to them than going straight in.

I have also heard of some people who use an air stone in conjunction with CO2 dosing... which may mean using more CO2 to keep the levels where they want them in the tank, but it also ensures that the inhabitants have enough oxygen and don't accidentally get gassed.


@Blue Ridge Reef and others with more experience would be best to follow recommendations. I know @clownplanted has also done a CO2 shrimp tank, so you may want to browse through his posts too?
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Are you sure your KH is 0?

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Turing off co2 as mentioned to me is a given when acclimating ANYTHING, then you slowly turn it back up. I've seen no negative effects on my Sakura cherries with high EI dosing. They are breeding like crazy and my co2 is full 1 point drop.
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I keep 2 high tech shrimp tanks and don't do a whole lot differently than any other shrimp tank except for adding fertilizers more slowly. I don't know if Flip is producing these or importing them, but I'd stay away from imports if you can find home bred shrimp from the USA. Long term survival is just so much better with shrimp that haven't traveled halfway across the globe.
Thanks!! If you don't mind sharing, what types of shrimp do you keep in your high techs? Also, assuming high tech means buffered substrate, CO2, ferts, and lots of plants of course!

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Indeed it is. I used to use tap water with a KH of 5 and the substrate would buffer that to 0 within a day. So, to try and extend the life of the substrate, I switched to RO buffered with SaltyShrimp GH+ which doesn't have KH.
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Thanks!! If you don't mind sharing, what types of shrimp do you keep in your high techs? Also, assuming high tech means buffered substrate, CO2, ferts, and lots of plants of course!
No buffering substrate, just injected CO2, fairly high lights and fert dosing. Thread on switching them over to high tech here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...-makeover.html Shrimp are Neos, bloody Mary in one and blue dreams in the other. I did just add a few super tigers to one last week.
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Ask Rob with Flip. Smart guy

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I keep 2 high tech shrimp tanks and don't do a whole lot differently than any other shrimp tank except for adding fertilizers more slowly. I don't know if Flip is producing these or importing them, but I'd stay away from imports if you can find home bred shrimp from the USA. Long term survival is just so much better with shrimp that haven't traveled halfway across the globe.

It is my understanding that Rob imports to breed himself for sale, but I would trust him to answer if he is sending his own from offspring or imports.
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I would too, as far as I can tell from a few dealings with him he seems to be on the up and up. I must note that the vast majority of what he has for sale is imported, or at least when I was inquiring last year that was the case. He imports massive shipments of shrimp each month, nothing wrong with that but I'll pay a premium for the next generation, personally.

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