A small update. I have more shrimplets than I can count and numerous berried females too, which is great. I can see shrimplets of all sizes too, which indicates they're surviving nicely. Super stoked to see the population finally taking off.
I imagine switching to RO water has been partly, if not totally, responsible for the uprated breeding and shrimplet survival. The pH has slowly dropped to around 6.8 since I started using it instead of tapwater. I'd also give some of the credit to the warmer weather with the change of season, but I've been here before and never had more than a couple berried at any time, and never had large numbers of babies.
I realised I hadn't put a tank photo up recently. I cleaned it out months ago to make it easier to see the shrimp. This tank is really ugly, but its practical and the shrimp like it. I even leave the algae build-up on the rear glass in case they get something out of it haha.
Did a big water change today using the Salty shrimp GH/KH+.
Followed the direction for 1 scoop for every 10 lts.
PH 6.52, GH is 7, but my KH is only 2!
Why is my KH so low?
I was hoping to get some shrimp tomorrow, is my KH too dangerous to attempt it?
I do have Seachem alkaline buffer, but I understand that'll raise my PH as well.
I do also own the acid buffer. But I want to avoid confusing matters if I can