My two cents,I'd like to add simple CRS (A or S grade) to my shrimp tank, because I like the look, I want to add diversity, and I'm dedicating this tank to shrimp only. So, can I add them with my water? I have 19 Cherry/Sakuras, and I might want to add otos. It's 10G and 1.5-2 months old.
pH: 7.4 BUT I can buffer it to 6.5 with API buffer
KH: 3, so I can easily buffer
GH: Tap water is 2.5, but I've been adding Fluval Mineral supplement
Nitrates: a bit high at 20 ppm, but I can lower it with water changes. Do BW foods raise them?
temp: unheated, 72-75 maybe
substrate: Fluval Stratum
plants: HC, 1mL Excel daily (spot dose)
Also, do CRS eat hair algae?
- PH is a bit high for CRS. They should survive, may even berry, but not likely to keep full term, even less chance to raise baby shrimps.
- PH Down is not a great way to lower PH for shrimp tanks.
- excel 1.0/10G (recommended dosage?) is a bit too much for shrimps, not saying it will kill them, but they will live better without.
- All food, once eaten, turns to ammonia by animals, then ammonia turns to nitrite which turns into nitrate. Assuming your tank is cycled.