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New Red Cherry Shrimp Owner - Parameters Ok??

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Hello!



I recently put 10 cherry shrimp in my pretty heavily planted Fluvial 5 spec with some chili rasboras hoping to start a colony!

I wanted to run my parameters by you all to see if I need to boost my GH/KH at all... or are these suitable for red cherry shrimp?



GH: ~120ppm

KH: ~40ppm

PH: 6.5



Are these parameters sufficient or do I need to supplement some more hardness?

Thank you!
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The biggest concern I see is using tap water on a buffering substrate.... shrimp do best with stability. It sounds like your pH may fluctuate with each water change that you do.


How do tank parameters compare to source water?
@Zoidburg / @Blue Ridge Reef I am currently using Fluval Stratum in the tank. My source water has about the same GH and using the API test kit I cannot visually detect a difference between my source PH and tank PH.

Should I be switching to R/O water?

And if I should make the switch, how can I slowly introduce R/O?

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Haha maybe because I mentioned it was planted, so he assumed I used a mineral-rich substrate of some kind... or he is just psychic.

If my soil "dies" does that just mean it will no longer buffer PH?
 
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