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Are there any other brands besides SS I can look into? I'd like to do 1 day shipping, and I can't find anyone that deals with amazon or shoprunner that distributes SS giving me access to free 2 day ship or cheap 1 day ship. Borneowild is another? Is there anything else? Lyrics tank is definitely ready for shrimp now; we just need to raise the tds and gh a smidge I guess.

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I use the fluval stuff and it works great for me. I love that it comes in liquid form and therefore isn't a pain to dissolve, it's also available on amazon.

I am hardly an expert on these matters though. If some of these are far better someone please correct me.

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you also have to keep an eye on the tds. most use salty shrimp because it affects the tds less than alot of the others. not sure what number wise is though
 

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Im debating not using a gh upper at all. Her tank is at 4gh but the tds at 82 and never ever budges. My 125g with over 60 3" juvenile fish barely pushes 90.. we just have good tap water it seems. Her tank is already heavily planted, trimmed twice now and she has triple what she started with.

I was doing some far back reading on the forum regarding gh and tds and 4gh seemed fine with tds not meaning much other than "don't let it get high". It's that a fair assessment?
 

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It will depend a bit on which shrimp you are looking at adding to your tank. Neo's tend to tolerate higher levels of TDS more easily. The CRS, CBS, TB, etc, can be more sensitive. As you'll see by reading the forums here, both types can adapt to a range of conditions. What generally will be affected is breeding rate/ability, shrimplet mortality, etc. You may be able to keep shrimp alive at a current set of parameters, but whether the colony will grow and thrive will be another question. What shrimp were you looking to add to the tank that is ready to go now?
 

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I use RO and reminirilise to 110 tds at 4 dgh. Your TDS is really low which makes me wonder if you might lack something. If I were you I'd probably get one or two shrimp and try it, because on paper it seems like it might work. CRS like 4-6 GH up to 180TDS and 0-1KH. Since it seems like you fit in that window you might just try it.

My CRS tank is at 4dGH 150 TDS 0dKH

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What shrimp were you looking to add to the tank that is ready to go now?
My daughter wanted to try to keep blue velvet/blue jelly and tangerine tigers together. She's willing to keep anything though that is easiest to keep with her current parameters. With a planted add it is we were going to try to go with Barrs method with minimal water changes for this particular tank
 

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I use RO and reminirilise to 110 tds at 4 dgh. Your TDS is really low which makes me wonder if you might lack something. If I were you I'd probably get one or two shrimp and try it, because on paper it seems like it might work. CRS like 4-6 GH up to 180TDS and 0-1KH. Since it seems like you fit in that window you might just try it.

My CRS tank is at 4dGH 150 TDS 0dKH

Whiskey
Thx for your personal experience. I'm going to try to pull or local water report to see what our water supposedly has.


What I have found so far, from a 2011 water report:
Our source water is from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer, and ECUA has 32 wells distributed throughout its service area that pump water from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer. In general, ECUA customers receive water from the wells (two to five) located closest to their residence. Each well is considered a separate treatment plant, where water quality parameters are adjusted to comply with operating standards. Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters are installed on eleven (11) wells for iron or organic contamination removal. Calcium Hydroxide (lime) is added for pH adjustment; Phosphoric Acid is added for corrosion control in the distribution system and Chlorine is added for disinfection. Fluoride is added at select wells, as a source of fluoride treatment.


 
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