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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a fluval spec v I'm trying to keep caridina shrimp in, specifically blue bolts, however I'm concerned with the TDS readings I'm getting. Daily they are going up by apx 25ppm. There are no fish in the tank, but I've had an Amano, and variety of snails in there for the past few weeks. It is...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I did a large water change the other day, ~60% and noticed both RCS and Amanos went into hiding afterwards. I don't see any dead ones, ammonia spike, or empty shells. I still see some hanging around and eating and they seem to be increasingly back in view now two days later. I'm making other...
  3. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    From my understanding of TDS it's impacted by pretty much everything in the aquarium, but it leaves me in a position where I don't really know if my aquarium is suitable for the shrimp I want to keep, or how to get it where it needs to be if it's not. My aquarium is cycled, no issues with...
  4. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    This is my first post on here, but I've learned a ton lurking around already, so let me say thanks for all the help! To start, I have a 20gal tall tank that's been up and running for about 5 months now, ADA amazonia sub, Finnex Planted + 24/7 LED light that I run for 9 hrs/day (only a few hours...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So, TDS in my tank is around 270. I use only my tap water, and the TDS of tap is around 240. Is that too high? I've read that it should be about 120... The tank is Juwel Rio 180, about 180 liters (40 gallons). I dose micro, macro, iron and some KH2PO4. Pressurized CO2 (2 hours before lights on...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Newish tank (22 gallon using RO), been up for about a month with fish. Completely cycled and aquasoil is done slamming the water column with ammonia. All parameters are in normal range except GH, and TDS is slightly high around 350-400 but I'll get to that below. Nitrate - 10-20 Phosphate - 0...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Background info: About 4 months ago I set up a 20 gallon long, Red Crystal Shrimp tank (my first). I let the tank cycle and added the shrimp about a month and a half ago. I use RO water and remineralize with Bee Shrimp GH+ to a TDS of around 150. Bee Shrimp GH+ claims too raise the TDS and GH of...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So first tank has gone alright so far. A planted 29 gallon tall with currently 8 Red Cherry Shrimp, 3 otto cats, and a orange dwarf crayfish. I started with 15 cherries and lost a ton over time (if your doing the math I lost 7 shrimp.) When I asked for help I got a lot of different answers and...
  9. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I have had a 20 gallon RCS tank for 3 years now. I have moss balls and some JAVA moss, drift wood, and mineral rocks. Only RCS in the tank and some soft shell snails I have in there I breed for my fresh water puffer fish in another tank,. My issue is that the shrimp live 1-2 years and they...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello all, I am new to the forums, though I've been reading them for quite some time. :icon_bigg My first question is one I can't seem to find addressed here, or on any other site: does TDS matter if the GH and KH are in a good range? My SoCal tap is around 180 TDS from the faucet, with a KH...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I've been thinking about making a low tech planted shrimp tank with the main purpose being breeding. I would like to start the tank with RO water and then add in nutrients that the shrimps and plants need. The thing is that I don't have an RO water filtration system because strict landlord. I...
  12. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I have a bottom layer of year old flouride black gravel and a thin top layer of fluval, I think the flouride is making my tds rise by 15 to 20 everyday. Is it dangerous for blue velvet shrimp to do like 1/2 gallon RO water change every other day or maybe twice a week? I would do a drip...
  13. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Yup, I have read a lot of other posts on insanely high TDS, but I am posting again to see what more I can learn. Been running a circa 8-gallon planted nano with 5 RCS and 5 Amano. Cycled for about 6 weeks and then introduced the shrimp via drip method about two weeks ago. Got a TDS meter this...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    OK, I am not a fan of the chemistry side of this endeavor ATALL!!...but I do love buying gadgets and having more stuff. 1. it is fun to learn 2. I like the look on my wifes face when another box from amazon shows up on the doorstep. thus- is there a better TDS Meter. I now have three shrimp...
  15. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello, I just ordered some Mosura TDS up and Indian Almond Leaves to raise my TDS and lower my Ph to ready my tank for some black tiger shrimp. My parameters are Ph=7.5 Gh=5-6 Kh=2 Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate=0 TDS=140 I think. (im waiting on calibration solution for my meter) Im planning on...
  16. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    As the title implies, I'm wondering what the 'hardiest' species or Caridina is? Looking for something hardy to keep with my pumpkins/orange shrimp; I don't have my water paramters at the moment, but know my pH is around 7.4-7.6 and the temp is 75-76. Not sure about TDS, GH or KH, but know those...
  17. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    TDS of tank = 188 TDS of tap water = 148 At what TDS should I water change? I have: 5 g Spec V Lots of floaters: frogbit, salvinia, broadleaf water wisteria, dwarf water lettuce, myrio, anachris Fauna: 2 Amanos, 1 ivory apple snail golfball sized, 5 ramshorns, 25 pond snails, 2 scuds and...
  18. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Been trying to reduce the TDS in my shrimp tank. I did a partial water change this afternoon, changing 1 gallon of water in my Fluval Ebi Shrimp tank (7.9 gallon). Before the water change the TDS measured 287, after the water change it was still 256. I used pure RO water with nothing added but...
  19. Plants
    Hello, I'm planning to dillute my Tapwater with some RO water. The man at my LFS tells me not to. Would you please take a look at the link and comment? http://waterbedrijfgroningen.nl/nl/water-thuis/Klantenservice/veelgestelde-vragen/waterkwaliteit/Documents/Groeve.pdf Thanks
  20. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    ...is through the roof!!! :eek5: I tested it for the very first time today and it is 276. Which now explains why I have not been able to get my shrimp to breed for the past 3 months. The only thing I can think is there are just some random stones in there. Should I take these out? My tap water...
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