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Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

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4 minutes ago, Crabby said:

That’s unfortunate. I lost one the other day as well. By CBS do you mean crystal black or brown? 

Black. Crystal reds ans blacks in this tank. Somehow, I don’t have one black female. lol 

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sdlTBfanUK

You may still get some CBS if an adult CBS and CRS breed I believe? I got all sorts of taiwan bee colours/patterns from just red ruby and blue bolts mixed together, even blacks and none of the shrimp showed any black!

Simon

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Steensj2004

Having some water issues, at least I think..... GH seems high.

 

PH: 6.1-6.2

TDS 165

GH:7-8

KH: 0

Temp: 72

I’ve been remineralizing to 150 TDS with Distilled water.  Creeps up with the single dose of fertilizer I do after water changes to 160-165. I Don’t get why KH is so high?

 

Edit: I checked the water I’m using, KH/GH are at 0.

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sdlTBfanUK

I don't think there is much there to worry about but the fertiliser is obviously raising the TDS/GH so you can either reduce the remineralized new water to a lower figure, maybe aim for 120 TDS (that will be GH6) for the new water! The new water will need to be added slowly (dripped or similar) when you do water changes but the overall effect will be a very slow lowering of the TDS over time assuming you do small water changes (20%). This should also reduce the GH unless there is something else causing the increase? Your figures in September were GH7 TDS140 which sounds about right for the remineralized water. - 1GH=20TDS. The usual mid-range ideal figure for bee shrimp is about 140 anyway so you may as well bring it down a bit from 165 as that is getting a bit near the 180 usual upper limit anyway? 

I don't think you should need the fertilizer now that the tank is established and the shrimp waste should feed the plants naturally so it might help to reduce/ween the fertiliser to a point where you can stop using it altogether. Just keep a close eye on the plants as they will soon tell you if they need the fertiliser by looking less healthy!  It is better anyway not to use fertilisers with shrimps!

The rocks you have may also be affecting the TDS/GH depending on what type they are? Though I tend to think from the above it is more likely to be natural increase that JayC mentioned before and the fertiliser. Also, any topping up for evaporation between water changes needs to be pure water, not mineralized!

Don't worry too much as the figures aren't that bad so just a little tweaking should be sufficient and overdoing it WILL do more damage so be cautious, especially if everything is running well, shrimp breeding and not dying off!

Simon

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Well, got all the levels back in check, thanks for the help. Now to the update.

 

 Baby. Shrimp. Everywhere. I counted 25 last night, hardly bigger than a pencil lead, all over the place. Looks like multiple females may have dropped at the same time!

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Crabby

That’s great! Can you tell the colours yet? Or are they just that tiny?

Keep us posted!

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I am soooooo jealous!!!! I am anticipating I will have to wait about another 3 months (April) for babies (2 months (March) berried shrimps) if my previous experience is to go by - just hope I can keep the adults alive that long.................... It is quite frustrating as I know they are big enough to breed and they are in perfect parameter water at the same temperature, but nature has its ways I guess and I can't do anythig about that?

Simon 

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Steensj2004
On 1/17/2020 at 9:40 PM, Crabby said:

That’s great! Can you tell the colours yet? Or are they just that tiny?

Keep us posted!

Still pretty tiny. I can see patterns, barely, but even that is hard to see. No colors yet.

 

On 1/18/2020 at 3:48 AM, sdlTBfanUK said:

I am soooooo jealous!!!! I am anticipating I will have to wait about another 3 months (April) for babies (2 months (March) berried shrimps) if my previous experience is to go by - just hope I can keep the adults alive that long.................... It is quite frustrating as I know they are big enough to breed and they are in perfect parameter water at the same temperature, but nature has its ways I guess and I can't do anythig about that?

Simon 

Really? I wonder why your shrimp aren’t breeding?

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They stop breeding in winter here, though that was compounded by the fact they probably only reached maturity just as winter started, D'OH! I now have to play the annoying waiting game, and probably won't get baby shrimp until April! I just hope I can keep these adults alive until then, otherwise a shopping spree may be in order - desperately holding off from doing that too early................

I am really pleased yours is working so well now though! 

Simon

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Ahhhh, I’m following. To be fair, winter here has only had ,”Winter like” wrath for a few day’s. Been around 60-79 degrees F. 
 

I’ve also tried a new food, it’s called Rephashy Super Green. The shrimp love it, and you can make homemade shrimp lolli sticks by using bbq skewers!

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Ahhhh, I’m following. To be fair, winter here has only had ,”Winter like” wrath for a few day’s. Been around 60-79 degrees F. 
 

I’ve also tried a new food, it’s called Rephashy Super Green. The shrimp love it, and you can make homemade shrimp lolli sticks by using bbq skewers!

 

Just saw  I lost a shrimp, looks like a moly gone wrong. Bummer. She’ll was shifted oddly, I assume that’s what caused it.

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