The usual GH range for Cherry shrimp is 6-8 and with the 1 part tap, 3 parts RO water mix you will be 50% there for G|H and just under 4 for KH! There are 2 products, one is GH+ and one is GH/KH+ so you need to get the right one for whichever route you plan to go, all RO water would be GH/KH+, mixed water would be GH+! IF you are planning the mixed route then that would be an easy adjustment you can do now by taking 25% water out and replacing with dechlorinated tap water, then adjust with the GH+ when you get it? This is the one I use, it is so simple as it is a liquid and even calculating is easy as each drop = +1gh (about 20ish TDS) / litre:
If you want to get this I have just done a dummy test on the website and you get delivery on it as long as it is one item, which is normal, but I thought you may need to pay as it is a bulky item to send?
The soil should have lots of what the plants need I would have thought and the poop from the snails/shrimp must be some fertiliser?
As JayC says you could leave the CO2 running for now as there are no shrimps, but I would probably turn it off and stop using fertiliser and just keep a close eye on the plants at this stage, after all you can start using them again IF the plants start looking unhealthy, but neither may be needed and it is better to know from the start and will make life easier long term. As I say I have never used either and my plants grow fantastic, in fact I wish they would grow slower, doh!
Ahhh ... the age old question of how to trigger your shrimp to breed. We will have to assume you have at least 1 male.
What are you feeding them?
Feed frozen bloodworms twice a week. The additional protein will give them more energy.
Add more Indian Almond Leaves (aka Cattapa leaves) to the tank to promote more tannins and biofilm.
Try raising temps to 23C or 74F.
A 10% water change might help the females moult.
No it won't have all the minerals needed for plants. SS GH/KH+ is made up of Calcium carbonate, Magnesium.
Anubias is a slow growing plant, so it does not need much fertilisers. Mosses will grow with out any added ferts.
Hairgrass and whatever you have in the back corner will survive without added ferts. Give it CO2 while your tanks is empty of shrimps.
Aim for 4-6 GH.
Hello, again. I really appreciate everyone's wisdom on this topic. Since I last posted, I lost my 29 gallon tropical freshwater aquarium to a sudden leak. 😞 Thankfully, I was able to save and rehome all the fish. But, that means my 7 gallon shrimp tank received an upgrade wrt live plants and gravel. I was hoping that would inspire some mating behavior, but I actually witnessed a female discharging what must be unfertilized eggs just this evening. The male shrimp (I thought I had two, but now I'm questioning the other's sex after some weeks) is not doing his job and I can't figure out why. I had to siphon out 50% of the water to move it from it's prior location beneath the 29 gallon. I have not performed another water change in the nearly 3 weeks since the leak happened. I check the parameters in the 7 gallon once a week and ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite are 0ppm. Temp remains at a steady 72 degrees. The shrimp are as active as ever but that male is unexcited by a tank full of females. No clue what to do next.😑