Help with Neocardina shrimp with fluval stratum substrate please
Iím new to planted tanks and after doing heaps of research, but not enough, I set up my new 250 litre tank with fluval stratum shrimp substrate... itís been cycled (Took a month) with some fish food and then snails and now Iíve added my red cherry shrimp and some ghost shrimp. Theyíve been in for about about 2 weeks now and look fine, 3 berried RC females, eating well, plants growing well. Now I discover Iíve got the wrong water parameters for my shrimp. The guy in the aquarium store said not to worry theyíd be fine, but I want them to thrive. Anyway Iím trying to alter my parameters to make it better for my shrimp. Iíve been adding Seachem alkaline buffer about 1/2 teaspoon per day (slowly over the whole day)This seems to Keep my pH at 6.6. It gradually drifts back to 6.4 overnight. And Iíve put a feeding block in with Ca and Mg in it.
KH 0 .. (I get a blue colour if I add one drop to 15mls Of my tank water, so Iíd say my kH is 0.3... just guessing)
GH is 4
TDS is 170
Nitrates 5, ammonia 0 and nitrites 0
Iím using 1/2 ml of Seachem flourish micronutrients every second day.
I initially was using Seachem excel, but I stopped as I was concerned about using it with shrimp in the tank.
Anyway Iíve gone and set up with the wrong substrate for Neocardina....
Iím not sure if Iím doing the correct thing. My aim was to keep using the buffer over a period of months until the substrate has lost its buffering capacity.
I was considering using something in my filter like coral to buffer it up, but the guy in the shop said it was better to use the alkaline buffer so I could know exactly what I was doing.
Problem is Iím not sure if Iím doing the correct thing...
Any help would be great.