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Driftwood in my Crystal Red shrimp tank

Hi everyone,

I am still planning on my new tank and it will be for my entertainment during the holidays... I never use driftwood for my shrimp tank. And may I ask which kind of driftwood is NO GOOD for crystal red shrimp? I saw two kinds of driftwood.

One kind is very dark color... and can be sinked instantly in the water. One kind is light brown...very light, and the branches are very thin overall... So which kind should I get so that my CRS can live with it?

Thank you for your help

Takami Chiro
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As long as the wood is aquarium safe then it should not matter. I'm going off speculation but I think the dark COULD be something like Mopani and the light MAY be Manzanita... This is a far stretch since you have no pictures to help identify the wood.

I would be more concerned about adding stones to a CRS since some can raise the hardness of your water and have more adverse effects. Wood is going to lower Ph slightly but not in extreme levels.
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The sinking and dark driftwood may also be Malaysian driftwood. If you are looking into those you can boil the wood and throw it straight into your tank, no mess.

I once had a manzanita branch in my tank that caused me to re-do the whole tank, but I think in general manzanita are fine for shrimp tank. Stones would not be a good choice for CRS tank since most of them (with the exception of petrified wood) will raise pH to varying degrees.

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Hi both

Thank you very much for your info. I will get one then to try out. You both also answer me another question in minds I put seiryu stone in tank . I also put co2. But my cars keeps dying and now I just shut it down. And I still find some dead shrimps... Bad bad bad. I tested my water, including GH 6, KH 2, ph 7.5, nitrite 0, nitrate 10. I do not have tds tested. So what should I do? By the way I use tap wAter With ph down then leave it overnight.

So what do I do to prevent more going?

No matter what thank you very much!

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