I have a group of 18 shrimpettes that were born in my jarrarium which is roughly 1-1/2 gallons and planted with Anubias, Java Moss, Wisteria & Ludwigia. The babies are 3-1/2 months old. The water is not heated nor filtered, I have Aquasolum substrate and top off with Prime treated water as needed.
The TDS is 88, the KH is 35.8ppm, the GH is 53.7ppm. Nitrite/Nitrate/Ammonia are 0 every time I test, the regular pH is 7.6, high pH is 7.4
I'm worried about the KH/GH, shouldn't it be a lot higher? So far I haven't seen any failed molts and hope to keep it that way. I'm looking at purchasing SL Aqua Blue Wizard to remineralize. It looks like an easy product for a newbie such as myself. Should I buy some organic spinach in the meantime and prepare that for them to help with their calcium/magnesium? So far I've only fed them Marineland Color Enhancing Flakes which they love.
Sorry to ask this, but I couldn't find a precise answer on the web. What would be the ideal water parameters for the Cherry Shrimp? (ph, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, GH, KH).
I am new to keeping shrimp and was hoping someone can help me sort through some issue with the water parameters of my tank. The tank is a 4.6 gallon cube, that runs between 72 - 74 (22.22 - 23.33) degrees, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates and 0 nitrites. It has been cycled and running since December 2015 but about a month back converted to a shrimp tank (removed the fish, did a 100% water change and added sponge over filter). Current inhabitants are a nerite snail and 1 RCS. I initially had 3 RCS, but lost two. I believe this was due to them trying to molt as they both had white lines on their back, but were fine the day before (one after 7 days and another after 12 days). I also have some java jerns, java moss, dwarf sags, crypt wendetti, and some floaters.
Current water parameters:
My PH is also low (6 something if I recall but can measure this again if needed). I am using tap water that I add prime to that is then place in a rubbermaid with a powerhead until I need to do top offs / water changes. So far all I have done is top off on the shrimp tank. My plan is to pick up some Salty Shrimp and add that to the tap water to raise GH and KH. I believe I should be shooting for a GH between 6-8 and KH of 2-5, with a TDS between 80 and 200. I also plan to add some iodine twice a week to try and address the molting issue.
Does this seem reasonable? Any additional changes I should be making or consider? Once the water parameters are in order, I would like to add some additional RCS to the tank.
I am brand new to shrinmps and have just started cycling my new 17 Litre (4.5 US Gallon) shrimp tank. I have piece of Driftwood and some weeping moss in there.
I was wondering if someone could tell me the Water Parameters I should aim for with shrimp.
I have a planted fish tank and understand the nitrogen cycle.