Update: Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on the situation! I only lost one shrimp thankfully despite my mistake and everyone seems comfortable now. I've decided to give rcs their own planted 3 gallon with parameters matched to the ones from their breeder. The aquarium isn't cycled but luckily I had a sponge filter sponge in the media of my main tank so I'd have some established media if an emergency came up. If they breed I may eventually try to upgrade them to something bigger but there's currently only seven and I'm almost certain they're all female.
My main aquarium is keeping the stratum and my OEBT and amanos are staying there. I've ordered some gh+ for that aquarium. I've seen so much more activity from the OEBT with the new parameters! I've seen shrimp I didn't even know I had. Down the line, once I feel confident with the parameters and temperature management I'd love to introduce more caridina and have a mischling aquarium.
Both aquariums are officially heater free! Temps are in the mid 70s currently.
This forum was recommended to me as I'm trying to sort out the parameters for my shrimp. I currently have Orange Eyed Blue Tigers, Bloody Mary Neos, and Amano. The aquarium has been running since January, with my OEBT and Bloody Mary added last month (no breeding as of yet, but they're reaching a mature size now I believe). I did research on them and tried to find a good median parameters, but there's a lot of inconsistency between sources as to what the Tigers need. I recently rescaped the aquarium and took the opportunity to replace the inert substrate with Fluval Stratum at the recommendation of one of the breeders I'd spoken to. It dropped my PH, GH, and KH more than I expected, and lower than seems suitable for the neos (based on my research.) This led me to wondering if I should change the substrate or not. The rescape was saturday and so far there's been no deaths and plenty of fresh molts. No spikes in ammonia/nitrates/nitrites following the rescape so far (I had a lot of established filter media which I imagine helped).
Ideally, I'd like to have the parameters at a spot where both species can reproduce and thrive. I use ro/di or distilled water and remineralize with SaltyShrimp GH/KH+. The aquarium is planted and has driftwood and okho stone. The temperature is usually at 75 F, though I've found it may fluctuate between 72 and 78 F depending on if the ac is on in the room or not despite the heater being set to 72 F (I'm not sure if it might be better to just remove the heater or crank it down further? But I'm worried it may drop too low then?)
My previous parameters (pre-scape) were as follows:
- PH: 7.2
- GH: 8
- KH: 2
- TDS: 190
At these parameters everyone was molting and such without issue and seemed happy, and the Amano ladies were berried (I know the larvae require saltwater, but it was the first they'd bred since I added them just after the tank was cycled).
My current parameters (post-scape) are as follows:
- PH: 6.4
- GH: 4
- KH: 0
- TDS: 130
So far, no deaths and plenty of fresh molts, but the GH/KH seems like it may be too low for the neos and may cause molting issues down the line?
Any advice on the correct parameters for each type would be greatly appreciated, since sources seem to be inconsistent and I really want these little guys to thrive. If needed, I can change out the substrate as well, I have plenty of inert substrate available. Below is my personal chart as well, which are the parameters I settled on through my research, though again I'm not sure if they're correct.