Hi SKF members
I have a question to ask for you seasoned shrimp veterans.
I am planning to be away from my shrimp tanks for up to 3 weeks. I will have someone who can throw in some food every now and then but hasn't got the time or know how's of testing or water changes.
trying to plan ahead. This will be the first time I'm away for this long and starting to feel really uneasy about leaving them.
I will have plenty of boss shrimp snow and barley pellets. Will also have RO water for top ups. Will do a water change before I leave and make sure I have enough water for a water change when I get back.
What else should I or shouldn't do or prepare for.
How can I ensure that the tanks will be stable for the time I'm away.
Any info really appreciated.
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.