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How do i Redo my shrimp tank

Well my tank has a ton of shrimp n i was wondering how do i transfer all of them out safely to a holding tank. Do i even need to save the baby shrimp also? I was planning to redo my whole 10g
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Well my tank has a ton of shrimp n i was wondering how do i transfer all of them out safely to a holding tank. Do i even need to save the baby shrimp also? I was planning to redo my whole 10g
I would say if you want to success in keeping all your shrimp you really have to start a new temp tank cycling asap. it doesnt have to be anything big. even a 5G with a small HOB filter is plenty for a short time. let it cycle for as long as possible, a month at least. If you can move over a filter or something thats been aged on your current tank that would be very beneficial.
absolutely save the babies! dont see any reason you shouldn't.

this is the down side to shrimp. once the soil starts to lose its buffering potential you really have no other choice but to start again. There is no easy way around it.

you'll have 2 tanks for a couple months.

this is why I always have 1 extra tank setup with nothing in it. So when a tank is in need of a restart I can transfer everything into the extra tank.
its a rotation of tanks every few months.
not really that fun when you have 10+ tanks at once!
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My best guess is:
- cycle a new tank, doesn't need to be big, so you can move all your shrimps in
- clear everything in your big tank, also clear your filter
- if you want to, you can bleach your tank and filter, just flush it really thoroughly, if you are still uncertain you can use dechlorinator as a safety
- set up your big tank, cycle it for a month or until water is ready, then move shrimps back in

If all goes well you shouldn't need an extra tank for more than 5-6 weeks

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Little off topic, why do you need to restart a shrimp tank, is it neccessary?
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Little off topic, why do you need to restart a shrimp tank, is it neccessary?
Not all shrimp tanks need to be redone. When you are using an active buffer substrate like fluval stratum, it will eventually lose its ability to buffer and break down. This will happen faster the more it has to alter water chemistry. At this point it needs to be redone because the substrate is no longer able to buffer the water at the ph it wants. This leads to big changes in water chemistry that can be bad for shrimp.


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Not all shrimp tanks need to be redone. When you are using an active buffer substrate like fluval stratum, it will eventually lose its ability to buffer and break down. This will happen faster the more it has to alter water chemistry. At this point it needs to be redone because the substrate is no longer able to buffer the water at the ph it wants. This leads to big changes in water chemistry that can be bad for shrimp.
I see, I'm also starting a shrimp tank which it has Eco complete. So it doesn't apply with my set up? sorry for little hijack.
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