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  2. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    ok thx, will wait indeed for the tests NO3 NH4 & copper. Okho stone don't add anything in the tank. I have had them for years now. Checck this interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=9fbHSeHhyIg&feature=emb_logo PH has always been stable around 6.3
  3. sdlTBfanUK

    Unexplained deaths

    I wouldn't do anything that drastic at this stage and get the Ammonia and nitrates tests, even if you start it off again you won't have the testers to know where the cycle has progressed to, or if it is working etc! I had a problem when I added stone to my tank, and the PH increased, I assume triggering a new cycle from less harmful ammonium to the more harmful ammonia? Has your PH increased at all since the tank was set up with the dragon stone, I think that increases PH? Simon
  4. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    For this part what should I do? Empty totally the water and restart cycle? And clear external filter? Should I remove the roots also: they potentially still have treatments left inside de wood? I rechecked the Nitrite value and it's less that 0,01 Could it be either Nitrates &/or Ammonia issue ? Thanks for your help
  5. sdlTBfanUK

    Unexplained deaths

    I see that seller sells the JBL Pro scape, it is made in germany I think. Thats the one I will stick with in future! They certainly have a huge variety to choose from? Simon
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  7. kms

    Baby shrimps

    I do about 10% a week and I have a few babies about 2 cm long.
  8. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    I live in France :) and we do have every king of soil here; for ex: https://www.skaii-and-shrimps.fr/15-sols-techniques-cantonensis-bee-taiwan-bee They are thriving, moss has grown very much. I cannot put anything related to aquarium in my bathroom, my wife would kille me 😃
  9. sdlTBfanUK

    Unexplained deaths

    As far as I can remember the soil didn't need any 'prep'. The plants etc are doing well in it? I used JBL previously which isn't specific to shrimp but made for aquascaping and would use that again! Don't think it is available in US? That did need some big water changes in the first few weeks so there was extra work but I did that in the bathroom (left it in bathroom during that period) in a bucket then set up the tank so wasn't actually that much hassle, as long as you don't keep kicking it when you go to the bathroom???? Simon
  10. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    Yes this is getting me insane 😒 ... thanks for the comments. I never heard that this soil is causing issue but who knows? Is it like the Amazonia where it seems that you need to wait at least 2 months before parameters stabilize? Anyway, I will receive soon my new RO unit, probably the old one I used was not containing all polluted materials, I don't know ... will do ammonia test also when I receive the kit. But I though high ammonia would cause high nitrite values. Let's wait & see; I will let you know how this goes.
  11. sdlTBfanUK

    Unexplained deaths

    I have been experiencing virtually identical with my tank which I set up with the dennerle shrimp king substrate (as beanbag says). I wouldn't think it would be down to the substrate, especially by a reputable company as dennerle? I wouldn't use it again though! I still have some shrimp left but have some fish coming next thursday, we will see how it all goes from there. All my parameters are/have been perfect for months so like you I am baffled, maybe it is something related to the substrate, I used a different one last time and had phenomenal success???? I wouldn't use the C02 though! Or the easy life easy start at this advanced stage! Great photos of a lovely tank! I will follow your progress with much interest. Simon
  12. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    It's in us/cm so meaning half in ppm. After remineralizing it's about 240us/cm or 170 ppm like in the tank
  13. beanbag

    Unexplained deaths

    What are the units of 0.08? But anyway, I want to know what is the conductivity of your water AFTER mixing with salt, vs what is actually in the tank
  14. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    RO water is 0.08 right out of the RO unit before adding salt. I use JBL tests and for nitrite it matches <0. 025 so cannot do better 🙂
  15. beanbag

    Unexplained deaths

    nitrite should be zero - maybe there is something broken about the cycle U should dose Seachem Prime to help protect the shrimp against nitrite. I don't understand this part
  16. Lizzy

    CRS Tank Log

    I haven't, yet. That's why I was contemplating changing the substrate to fresh stuff. Any other "long term" PH reducing suggestions? I agree, it's risky. I would let the new stuff leach in a tub with a filter for a couple months before using it. Even then I reckon the shrimp would kick up a stink haha.
  17. sdlTBfanUK

    Help - Novice Shrimpkeeper

    That tank has more room half way up so I would say it was meant for maybe a betta but even then it's a bit small! The base area is very small! Shrimp only really use the BASE of the tank so you would be best with a tank with as bigger base as possible and it doesn't need to be a tall tank unless fish are going into it as well. You don't need more than a foot height wise! Usually 20-30L (As JayC says) is about right. Take a bit of time to consider everything if you are starting again, substrate, plants, filter, what type of shrimp you want (I assume cherry/neocaridina). It doesn't need to be expensive unless that is what you want but I use sponge filters that were only about £12. Something like the linked below is perfect (I know you can't buy this as it is UK but just to give you idea, it may be available in your country???) as it has light and filter inbuilt and is shallower than a traditional fish tank - I have one of this tank! Substrate can be sand/grit for cherry shrimp so that is fairly cheap. https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/aquariums/2019-superfish-home-25-aquarium-black-8715897201400.html Simon Ask as many questions here as you need! Simon
  18. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    Thanks! Nitrite = 0.025 RO water is 0.08 I try to obtain approx the same level +- 250ms with salt Amonia I don't have a test for that > should I get one or should the nitrite levels be impacted if amonia is too high? I have done at least once a week 20% water change but nothing there for a week. I also used and still use for water changes Easy Life Easy Start & Filter Medium
  19. beanbag

    Unexplained deaths

    What's ammonia and nitrite reading? What's the difference in conductivity reading between water in the tank vs fresh water you mixed up? Some people have had trouble with the shrimp king substrate. How many total water changes have you done since setting up the tank? When you add the leaves, they release tannins and lower the pH, so be careful. Also, 50% water change suddenly is kind of harsh. That's a nice looking tank, BTW.
  20. LCM94

    Unexplained deaths

    Hello Jayc, Thanks for replying. I have attached several pictures. As you can see I still have several CRS & 2 Taiwan bees. Yesterday I added Cattapa leaves & last week I added a in the filter carbon filter pad to filter whatever pollution their might be. No specific improvement still ... I will receive soon a new RO filter and will do a 50% water change to see. What do you think of all this?
  21. sdlTBfanUK

    Baby shrimps

    As with you I could only assume it was something to do with the stuff you added so I wouldn't use that again! If everything else, feeding etc, is the same I think you can safely assume it was something to do with what you added? I think we get carried away sometimes and should let nature do its own thing without adding so much other stuff? About 10% water change a week is the same as I do in my shrimp tank. I hope you don't loose any more babies! Simon
  22. beanbag

    Baby shrimps

    Hello again, and update: It has been 6-7 weeks since the baby shrimps were born. Ever since my last post, things were going ok. Some other shrimp keeper advised me to keep the water changes down to 10% every 1-2 weeks. I counted a maximum of 17 shrimp babies 3 days ago, so I don't think any were lost in those two weeks . Two days ago, I put in a small amount (1/5th of a dose) of Dr Tim's Waste Away, one of those products that claims to have bacteria that eat away waste. But then over the next two days, I've lost 3 or more babies suddenly. I usually find them on their side barely moving, with nothing obviously wrong with the body or color, and the only slightly odd thing is that they have their swimmerettes sticking straight out instead of folded up like usual. Most of the adult shrimp are ok, many babies are actively grazing away, and some of the babies are very quiet (could also be pre or post molt). Well, anyways, I blame that bacterial product for now, because there isn't anything else that I did out of the ordinary. The feeding schedule alternates between boiled spinach, mulberry pellet, shrimp food pellet, and Bacter AE. Perhaps I've feed too many days in a row without a "rest day"? (ammonia, nitrite and nitrate still read zero) Any ideas what could be wrong, and how to recover?
  23. jayc

    Help - Novice Shrimpkeeper

    Yeah, that tank is way too small. Water will just get pollute way too fast. You'd need to be changing water everyday. Ain't no one has time for that! Look for a 20L tank at a minimum, one that has a built in filter at least.
  24. Angela

    Help - Novice Shrimpkeeper

    Thank you for all of your feedback! I definitely didn't do the water changes gradually.....no I don't think this tank is a good option for shrimp for a lot of reasons. Attached is an image.....you can see the substrate provided in the starter set are pretty large. Suggestions on a better choice if I were to get a different setup? Assuming I would also need to have it for some time to cycle before transitioning shrimp over?
  25. ShrimperMills

    Welcome ShrimperMills

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes ShrimperMills. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. View Member regards, skfadmin
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  27. jayc

    CRS Tank Log

    A 4th option - Keep current tank, and buy a 2nd smaller tank. To breed higher quality shrimp in. Promise other half that this is the last tank 😉 Sell the shrimp you don't want to keep to help fund this 2nd tank. Have you tried anything to bring the pH down?
  28. jayc

    Unexplained deaths

    Can we have a picture of the whole tank? That will help us visualise what we are dealing with. Close up pictures of the shrimp too please. I have a few questions, again to help us understand your situation. Where are you located? Country/city. What sort of caridina shrimp do you have specifically? What stones do you have? What type of remineraliser are you using? Bacteria can grow in an RO unit that has not been used for a while. Are there any visual anomalies on the shrimp that can indicate a bacterial infection? Any pictures of the shrimp?
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