Here's my dilemma. My spouse told me yesterday that he's seen how much 'fun' I've had caring for the two shrimp and testing the water constantly, so he went ahead and bought me a batch of neos so that I might get a girl and they'll breed. While the idea is very sweet, he mistook my anxiety for enthusiasm, and now there's a dozen neos coming in the mail that I'm NOT ready for. I just want to do the most simple and straightforward way to keep them alive. Is that to get a seiryu stone? Remove the stratum and put the plants in pots? No matter how much water I drip change, my params always come out as:
This just seems really low all around for neos. I had some many years ago and lost them to failed molts, and it was horrible. Just want to give these unintended new ones a good shot.
That's right about where my own aqua soil tanks stay. I think the biggest issue is acclimating them to this if they came from harder water.
That was a thoughtful gift from your husband, but I'm with you. As someone who owns a pet store, I live by the mantra "never ever ever
get anyone anything alive for a gift that they didn't specifically ask for and are set up to own." I've lost track of how many times I've seen it happen and turn out less than ideally. Hopefully he got you home bred shrimp, that's probably a bigger factor in survival than whether you have to acclimate them to 0 or 6 dKH.
If you're nervous about keeping them in acid water, perhaps there's time to start the tank over. You didn't mention the size, but if under 29 gallon or so, should be something you could do in an afternoon and a $15 bag of aquarium gravel or blasting sand or such. Just keep some water, don't clean the filter or any hardscape and you may escape a mini cycle. One thing great about acid water tanks is most of the ammonia is in the less toxic form of ammonium, though obviously you want to avoid high nitrogen levels of any kind if you can.
In your neo tanks with zero KH, what is your GH and are you adding anything to achieve those levels? Are the shrimp getting enough Ca though diet, etc.
Around 6 GH. I remineralize water with Salty Shrimp GH only or Dennerle's version of the same. I feed mostly Jake's stuff, but keep some Quatro 2 and other packaged stuff on hand. I rarely feed fresh/blanched veggies any more, mostly due to pesticide worries. I've been freezing duckweed for months now to make my own batch one of these days but need to get through some of the stuff I've bought first. As you know, these things don't exactly fly through food.