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Hi,

I have several Shrimp tanks set up, and in three of them I put the
ADA soil in with the sand in the center and planted the tank. I had
11 bumblebee shrimp in a tiny one gallon tank and they were doing well,
then I moved them to this new tank. (I had added their water to it
gradually while I was building the tank and exchanging it with fresh water.)

Now I've lost about half of my shrimp. Is it not safe to keep shrimp
with the ADA soil? I remember seeing Crystal Reds in a planted tank
at the store in San Fran, so I don't know what I did wrong.

I'm getting more green shrimp soon, and I want to make sure they
have the right enviroment to breed in. I've got another tank set up
with just sand for them, like the one I have set up for my green,
tiger shrimp and blue's and they are doing very
well with the wood. With the green I need the ph to be about
7.2 so how would I raise it?

Robyn
 

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Have you tested for ammonia? AS will release ammonia into the water for a little while when first setup.
 

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I think that when you first set up a tank with aquasoil, it puts out ammonia for a while. So if you put your shrimp in the tank right after adding the soil, they probably died of ammonia poisoning. Shrimp are very sensitive to ammonia. I remember people saying they had levels of 5ppm or higher of ammonia after first setting up a tank with aquasoil. You should check your ammonia readings with a test kit and see if there is any in your tank and do water changes to get the level down if there is.
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Day 1: Add ADA AS, run diatom filter.
Day 2: 50% WC, add established filter media to new filter to seed.
Day 3: Test water parameters, get temperature up.
Day 4: 50% WC.
Day 5: 50% WC, test water parameters, added shrimp, dwarf cray fish, tetras.

All seems well. My tank is a 40 gallon tank, so I did ~60-70 gallons of WCs.
 

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Day 1: Add ADA AS, run diatom filter.
Day 2: 50% WC, add established filter media to new filter to seed.
Day 3: Test water parameters, get temperature up.
Day 4: 50% WC.
Day 5: 50% WC, test water parameters, added shrimp, dwarf cray fish, tetras.

All seems well. My tank is a 40 gallon tank, so I did ~60-70 gallons of WCs.
Yeah that looks about right. The shortest cycle time for ADA AS is 3 days I believe any less you have to get old ADA AS thats already been used. The norm is about a week to cycle though, so you probably had a ammonia spike (as always) and killed your shrimp.

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ADA in Shrimp tanks

Thank you all so much! I have another one that the shrimp are fine in,
and that one ran for about 10 days waiting for them to arrive! So that's
why the second one worked. Happy days! My Tiger shrimp is holding,
should release any day now! Thank you!

Robyn
 
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