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14 hours ago, Brando said:


February 25:

Water Temp 70-72

PH: 7.8 now.. not sure how it went from 7.6 to 7.8 after adding mopani drift wood?

Ammonia: 0!!!!! 

Nitrite: 0!!!!

NitrAte: 10-20 ( I think 10)

My shrimp molted for the first time since getting them! 

I have been adding fluval cycle (half dose) every 2 days.

And been doing a 10% water chang every few days as well.

Do i know my tank is done cycling when ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate is all 0?


Do you know what sex the shrimp are yet?

There may be something increasing the Ph as per JayC.

Can you test the Ph of the tap water you get from your tap?

You don't mention rock as being in the tank but if you do have some they may be raising the Ph.

Some substrates can also raise Ph!

Don't panic about the PH at this point but it would be a good idea to find out what is happening and why?

Are you having to top up the tank between water changes as you don't have a cover?

You should really get a TDS pen, and GH and KH tester kits, especially at the start, I rarely test my cherry shrimp tank now it has been running so long?


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Getting a TDS meter is good advice from Simon.

It makes maintenance a lot easier by aiding in parameter measurements. Have a read of my article titled "TDS and why it's important" (so something like that).

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