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woke up and noticed i lost my berried rcs! she was really pretty too. i'm so upset.

everything is 0 except i do have hard water. 8.2ph think i should stop being lazy and replace my brita filter?

here's a pic of the dead shrimpy



the color is off but she is two toned looking for some reason? i can't figure out whats going wrong. i have two sponge filters in my 29g tank. the one is running low just to keep the surface water moving. temp is around 72.
 

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do you have a way to test your gh, kh, and tds? sorry for your loss. i lost a pregnant female once. was able to artificially hatch some of her eggs though. there's an article online somewhere about how to do it. pretty easy, hardest part was scraping the eggs out
 

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do you have a way to test your gh, kh, and tds? sorry for your loss. i lost a pregnant female once. was able to artificially hatch some of her eggs though. there's an article online somewhere about how to do it. pretty easy, hardest part was scraping the eggs out
i don't think i can test any of that? but i did buy a brita filter today, should i add some filtered water slowly since i have high ph anyways?
 

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Get a test kit. It will keep us (and you) from playing the guessing game for no reason.

Forget the britta. It mostly removes chlorine.. Use a water conditioner for that or aerate for 24hrs.
i have just the normal test kit. i'll go out tomorrow to find the kh & gh kit.. plan to order the tds meter? any advice on those?
 

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I'm using the cheapo one amazon sells (I think many here are) I'd worry about getting the ph lower and getting a kh/gh kit.

Tds is really useful, but we need to stop the deaths.. My guess is that the ph (and miner content) of the h2o is too high. I can't confirm this with out hardness measures, but I do know that my luck with neos has been with ph under 7.5
 

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I'm using the cheapo one amazon sells (I think many here are) I'd worry about getting the ph lower and getting a kh/gh kit.

Tds is really useful, but we need to stop the deaths.. My guess is that the ph (and miner content) of the h2o is too high. I can't confirm this with out hardness measures, but I do know that my luck with neos has been with ph under 7.5
you know its funny, they are also in with plain bee shrimp and i've only lost one of those! no deaths that i see today so far. i'm going to grab the tests and maybe see if they have tds, i doubt they do. thanks for the help so far!
 

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adding filter water wont help much if you have a high kh. also, try to find out the gh and tds, it's very important for shrimps. API sell gh kh kit.
the KH doesn't seem high. i borrowed the test and only did 5 drops before it turned yellow. i got to 17 drops on the GH before i gave up and spilled it on accident. it didn't turn after that many... any ideas?
 

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RCS are hardy fellows, but I felt they didnt do well in lower temps. What's yours? When i lowered temps to 78.8, my rcs started dying off one by one. But crs was fine.
I wouldn't consider 78.8 low. Some sites list neos as having a top temp of 23˚C (73.4˚F)
 
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