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  2. sdlTBfanUK

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    I wouldn't use it passed 006 as the filter isn't then working properly and has absorbed as much as is recommended to be considered zerowater. The filters are cheap enough and easy to replace so it really is a false economy to go beyond that, and the only way you will find out at what level above that is safe will be when you get dead shrimps - it's not worth the gamble in my view! Simon
  3. beanbag

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    It's fine to drink filtered water. There is nothing "good" in water that you need which can't be replaced by normal food. Except maybe flouride.
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  5. jayc

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    Oh no, don't use that water than. Or convert the barrel by covering it with nylon mesh (fly screen). If you are not sure how polluted the rain water is around you, collect some in a clean container, and check the TDS. Anything less than 5 TDS is clean and safe to use in aquariums. Collect it out in the open to get an accurate readout, cause as soon as it hits the roof and gutters, TDS goes up.
  6. kms

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    I agree, I'm not sure the quality as a filtered water, I never even drink out of it, I always drink bottle water. As for the filtered water at 006, it still can be used, and it still filtered water, so even at 006, it should be ok for a while. You can even buy from amazon, the prices do vary. I'm waiting for delivery for a 10 cut jug and 3 replacement filter from www.taobao.cn, the prices is slightly cheaper that purchase 3 replacement filter on it's own.
  7. sdlTBfanUK

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    I'm not all that sure that pure RO or Zerowater is all that healthy to drink all the time as when it is filtered it removes everything, good and bad but I could be wrong as I am not known for my healthy eating........... Even for the shrimps you need to add back the good bits with GH+ (or GH/KH+)? www.zerowater.com I had a quick look and most of the range is available from walmart and the prices are the same (near enough) to the manufacturers website! Bear in mind that water going through the filter of this size is a SLOW business so if you are going to multi-use it, or do many litres each time you are best to get a largish one as kms states, so you can just fill the top bit and leave it to do its thing! If you do get a larger one you may also get a TDS meter (hand as a spare). You need to change the filter before it gets to TDS 006 and in my experience that happens suddenly so as soon as you get ANY TDS you will need to keep a closer eye on it (ie I probably get 90L at 000, then 6L at 001, then 4L at 002 and then TDS goes up each litre - hope that makes sense?). Simon
  8. Chiquarius

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    Thanks everyone. What scares me is that I’ve been drinking and feeding my children ‘filtered water’ with TDS 160+ for years. I thought the filter I had was filtering out heavy metals (lead, chromium). Maybe so, I actually sending samples for free water quality testing. It seems like the zero filter is the way to go. Rain water is also brilliant for the shrimp. I’m not sure how polluted it is where I am. I have rain barrels but I also dose with mosquito dunks which I fear are toxic to shrimp. I definitely want to get into crystal and bee shrimp and be healthier.
  9. kms

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    Like@sdlTBfanUK, which he recommended the zerowater to me, I got the table top 23 cup version, and recently I got a jug 10 cup version, the jug version works out cheaper than than just getting the filter from where I live. It's a must is a RO system cost too much. You can also consider the Oceanfree hydra in tank or canister filter, they do improve the water quality, it all depends on if you can obtain one, they have a large range.
  10. beanbag

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    Buy these items for a bit over $200: https://www.spectrapure.com/product/maxpure-mpro-90-gpd-ro-system-mpro-90/ and ask them to switch out the carbon block for a chloramine block https://www.spectrapure.com/product/inline-10-inch-gac-carbon-filter-cartridge-0-25-inch-quick-connect-cf-in-10-4jg/ https://www.spectrapure.com/product/hm-digital-sm-1-inline-single-probe-tds-meter-mtr-tds-sm1/ and also ask them if you are missing any minor parts like fittings. Or piece together a similar system on Amazon for a little bit less. U got to pay to play if you want clean water. The bonus is that you can drink this water yourself.
  11. I see that the two water levels are not the same, which means the pipe has air in it
  12. As with JayC, let us know how it goes. As long as the water is taken from one tank, through the filter and back into the other tank it may well do the job you want of it! Look forward to finding out what happens! May I recommend you just try it out with 2 bare tanks and the pump at this stage to see that it works before getting too deep into it? I bow to your greater knowledge as you are a former science teacher, but I am not sure whether the pull from one tank to the other will keep up from the pull of the pump, what do you think? A larger diameter bridge may be needed, just a thought? Simon
  13. Raul

    Welcome Raul

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  14. sdlTBfanUK

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    The Caridina shrimp will need RO remineralised water as they are a lot more fragile than cherry shrimp. I tried for a few years to use tap water but even with the right parameters it didn't work so a lot of time and money was wasted. I deduced from this that even although the 'figures' may be right you don't actually know what those figures are made up of, whereas with the same figures using commercial shrimp products (GH+) you know it contains what the shrimp need! You can buy RO water machines but they usually need plumbing etc so I use the zerowater jug, as your tap water tds is similar to mine you should get about 100L per filter. As for the current Cherry shrimps, if it is working as it is without any obvious problems then you may be best just leaving it alone, sometimes chasing figures causes more problems than it solves, this I know from experience........... You can of coarse reduce the amount of mineraliser to get the TDS down and I would maybe try that, ie mix to TDS 200 from now on and use that for water changes/maintenance in the future, but add that water slowly. The KH and GH will drop a bit over time as well of coarse but cherry shrimps are quite adaptable. I have 2 tanks with cherry shrimps in and they are secondary to the fish so are in different water. One lot is in TDS 167, GH 4, KH 2 and is just dechlorinated tap water. This tank has had cherry shrimp in it for over 5 years without any problems. The other tank has TDS 252, GH 7, KH 3 and is tap water plus minerals (I SUSPECT THE SAME AS YOU ARE DOING) and that has cherry shrimp, also doing fine for a year. The biggest problem with tap water is that it changes a lot, mine is never the same as the previous time I tested it. You have a few options now: 1) Carry on exactly as you have been, and if there is no problems (deaths etc) you may be fine - if it's not broken don't try to fix it? 2) Do the same as 1 above, except use TDS 200 mixed water from now on as you now have a TDS pen. This will actually make life for you a bit easier as well as it is much easier to use the TDS pen than the GH and KH drop tests each time. It will very slowly drop the figures as well so there shouldn't be any problems as the shrimp will adapt to the slight differences. Add new water slowly (I use a dripper). 3) Use RO water and GH/KH+ to get perfect water. This will be the most expensive option and as per 2 above you can gradually adjust the water when you do a water change/maintenance (10 or 20%, whatever you usually do) and the figures will very slowly adjust so not upset anything. I would probably just do 2 if your not experiencing any problems and it doesn't really involve much on your part, and you just do the same as you are now, just reducing the minerals. As to whether you want to get an RO filter system would depend on how many tanks you intend to get and the sizes etc. You will need RO water for Bee shrimp but you may be able to just use the zerowater jug if it isn't too large a tank, or multiple tanks? The GH/KH+ I use creates APPROX TDS 025/GH 1/KH .5 proportion, and GH+ creates APPROX TDS 025/GH 1. I hope all this waffle is of sum help and you haven't fallen asleep??? Simon
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  16. jayc

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    I would buy one too if it existed. Water change only unfortunately. How much is the RO water? Another alternative is to collect rain water. Is you live in your own house, go get a small-ish rain water tank and connect it to your gutter down pipes. Not sure how much tanks are in your area. I can get a 100L raintank for about $50 and it is easy enough to diy install. There is a small initial outlay but is free after that.
  17. Let us know how you go when the canister is added. Your pvc pipe looks big enough to handle the flow, but test it none the less.
  18. MWShrimp

    Newbreed Rack 2.0

    What pump did you use in your sump
  19. MWShrimp

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  20. sdlTBfanUK

    Lowering TDS Affordably?

    I use an American Filter jug by ZEROWATER to get RO water. This is obviously the easiest route for you as it is available everywhere in the USA (Walmart etc) and you just use tap water and will be much cheaper there as it is an American product, they have a USA website you can get details and buy from as well? I then mineralise the water with the usual shrimp products! I hope this is of some help but I don't use canister filters so can't help you with the rest unfortunately! Simon
  21. Hello shrimpkeepers, I decided to get a canister filter and keep a fry screen on the intake. I have yet to set up. I also set up simple PVC pipe water bridges. It was so simple. Thanks for the idea! im hoping that the water displacement from the canister filter’s intake and output tubes (each in separate tank) will move water and temperature through the pipes by balancing the water levels.
  22. Chiquarius

    Incubating Nerite Snail Eggs

    Thanks sdiTBfan, I’m setting up a one gallon tank for the nerites with my daughter. We’re going to slowly add a bit of reef salt each week and monitor gravity levels. We’ll see if they breed and hatch. if they do, I hope the First Bites fish food will work for them. I’ve read the snail larvae like fish food and especially Artemis/diatoms, things baby fish like. I’m a little worried because I saw copper as one of the nutrients. Perhaps too negligent an amount for damage, but I don’t think I should be feeding any copper to snails! If anybody know I’d any great snail larvae food, please let me know.
  23. Hello, I am currently keeping and breeding a variety of neocardinia species, snails, crawfish, and Cory catfish (across different tanks). All being very hardy, they have been lucky to survive my TDS negligence, as I’ve only recently gotten a TDS pen. I live in Chicago where the water is pretty hard and a TDS read of my high quality tap filter’s water output is around 160 (before I let it dechlorinate- not sure I’d this makes a difference). Additionally, I obviously have to mineralize this to get to the right KH/GH levels. I’ve got current levels between 250-300+. I would like to raise Caridina species but first need to dramatically lower TDS. I’ve bought a lot of R/O water by the gallon; such a waste of money and plastic. I sell the shrimp, but worry that if I buy R/O water for every water change, it will turn into a money pit. I also bought a canister filter since vacuuming the gravel was always laborious and disastrous, in part thinking with certain filter medium I could reduce TDS. I’m not sure that was accurate. Does anybody know if I can use the canister to filter out dissolved solids somehow? Has anybody heard of any cheap DIY/marketed inline filter that I could add to the canister to help? (like the one my furnace humidifier uses, lol) I could also get an R/O buddy filter, but that’s expensive and I’m not sure how often I’d have to pay for replacement filters with my local TDS levels. Curious to heat anyone’s thoughts?
  24. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Oh, I do have some people/ friends wanting to buy, but I can’t with a clear conscience sell/trade until I’m sure they are 100% healthy. Also, I need to rebuild the population first. I don’t mind any color babies. I know I’ll get a broad mix, but I don’t care. I’m not looking for a pure line, anyway. I have no plans to change the treatment regimen at this point, aka add any new treatments. As far as the Galaxy Rasboras, it won’t HURT to get some. Yours might act differently than mine. And if the population is growing and you have good hiding places, you should be ok. It doesn’t take long for the babies to be too big for them to consume.
  25. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    It sounds to all be going in the right direction, thankfully! You can address the colour bias at a later date, you may be able to sell some on when everything settles down? Some of us would be happy to get any babies of any colour, I hate this having to wait out winter, but at least we are nearing spring? I am having to resist the urge to get some dwarf rasboras to go in that tank??? If you haven't tried the pig treatment I would definitely only do that is a separate hospital tank trying 1 shrimp only to start. I would just carry on with the oregano oil for a while and see how that goes as it appears to be going well at the moment? I would even carry on with the oil treatment for a few weeks after the shrimps look recovered just to be a bit surer it doesn't return. Simon
  26. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Ohhhhhh, ok. Paying for a premium account ASAP. I haven’t yet done the chemical(pig wormer) treatment as I’m scared of dosing anything into the tank but H202. No further loses, and everyone seems healthy. Two berried females( including the worst looking of the females, surprisingly), and lots of fresh moly’s going on. Babies are all still doing great too. I think I have around 15 currently. This is the first batch I’ve seen crystal blacks in. The ratio is definitely more heavily black crystals than I’d like..... oh well. No more new infections to shrimp who didn’t already have the disease. Several have reverted 100% back to normal coloration, while other are improving, but as they were so far along it may just be taking longer to recover completely. I’m considering making some of this Rephasy with added oregano oil. Adding oil in the same ratio as the diluted oregano oil, water mixture. Thoughts? Just another way to get them to eat the oil. They seem to be after added food more readily now.
  27. nshin3023

    Is my crayfish male or female?

    Nah i posted it on reddit 4 people were able to tell me it was a female, educate yourself then comment please Thank you so much! 🙂 i posted it on reddit also and I got much more clear of an answer there!
  28. I still have CRS, red wine, panda, red bolts and black/red galaxy Pinto in the same tank, including 3 crabs, I added another 3, but the larger ones pulled all it's legs off and died. I'm considering getting a another tank 25L, but first a new table or stand for the tank.
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