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Frequancy of waterchanges with Cherry shrimp

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Short and sweet - How often do you change the water in your Cherry Shrimp tanks?

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The answers here will vary widely as the water volume, population density, filtration, aeration are all variables to be factored.

I gauge water changes by TDS and perform a water change once it breaches 200ppm.

The time in-between is 3 weeks in a 4 gallon to 2 months in a 20 gallon with a UGF... See what i mean?


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I do 10-20% weekly. Some do 50% weekly, and I read a guy who does 50% twice per week. Cherries are hardy. If you match parameters you can really do whatever you like or whatever you feel is needed.
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once a year on black friday. when everyone goes crazy shopping. I'm hoping doing my WC.. in my 2g pico
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With so many variables in play, the only realistic answer is: As needed
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I do 25% twice a week.
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When I had snowball shrimp which is pretty much the same as cherries... they were in a 10 gallon tank with only a sponge filter and I never did a water change EVER for 6 months running lol.

Population exploded and no casualties were ever seen.


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Yeah I think I'll just do once a week, it gets tiring with twice a week, and I'm wearing out my RO system too fast.
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I cannot kill them. I do 50-80% 2x a week water changes on my 120 Gallon, they grow and breed like flies.




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I do 50% weekly water changes on a planted appisto tank that I have been throwing my cherry shrimp culls into. It's been about 2 months and I'm starting to see baby shrimp everywhere and the adult females are berried again. The tank has 25 lbs of ryuoh stone in it that raises my KH tap water from 1 to 10kh by weeks end. TDS is in the 200-350 range and the shrimp are breeding fine. The odds are against them with so many predators in the tank and yet they are still multiplying!
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Cherries are hardy as hell, theres a reason they are recommended for first time shrimp keepers. Besides amanos they are the hardiest ive had. Again just watch your parameters and change as needed or if you want do 25-50% once each week (thats what I do)


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Thank you all!

My tap water comes out at 800 TDS which is why I had trouble with them in the past, but now that I've learned so much trying to keep CRS, I think I can do a 20G RCS tank no problem.

I just need a RO filter, I'm not going to pay for distilled to reminirilise if I'm doing biweekly water changes.

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Hah. If I were you I'd just re-mineralize the water to fill the whole 20G to ideal parameters THEN I would never ever ever do water changes because of how much of hassle it would be and just top off whenever required for a year.

I don't even change the water in my crystal tank bi-weekly. I do it like every 6 months. Personally, I would save my money and not do bi-weekly water changes for cherries...


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