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Copper problems?

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Hoping to get some advice from those knowledgeable here. Haven’t had much success yet at the shrimp-keeping game. I’ve had a cycled 10 gallon, planted tank for about six months. Cherries and carbon rilis only, along with a somewhat largish population of ramshorn snails and two small apple snails. The snails are doing fine, but the shrimp have died off at a rate of a couple per week. I’ve restocked twice from two different breeders with the same result.

Death seem to occur a few days after a water change, which I do weekly (10%). All of my parameters are fine in terms of ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. Ph of 7.6, Kh of 5 & Gh of about 7 (maybe 8). I use Prime treated tap water for the changes. I did look up our water report & copper is at 1.3ppm. Could that be causing it? Dead shrimp appear fine. I’ve noticed some darkening of the cherries shells while alive but nothing else.

Any help would be appreciated!
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First and foremost.... test your water for copper. That may or may not be the issue.

If it is, you can could look into using RO/distilled water and remineralizing it.

Diet could be another factor, but if you think it's copper, lets start there.
 

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RO water is not good for your tank.... *UNLESS* you add minerals to it... and with normal substrate, you want something that ads GH and KH - preferably a remineralizer geared towards shrimp.


With how "low" your GH and KH are, you definitely do not want to add RO to that tank unless it's already been remineralized! And if you remineralize to about 3-4 KH and 7-8 GH, then you ought to be "fine" there.
 
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