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lachie1998

Hi all

I would like to know what people do for there shrimp water changes/top up?

Like do you use RO water or rain water ect.....

cheers:D

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Loach

I use rainwater for all my tanks. Want to get a RO filter someday though.

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lachie1998

i do the same but it hasnt rained lately and my shrimp tank is getting low so need to find other methods.

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Loach

Distilled water from coles? About 80c per litre in the cleaning section. Our rainwater tank never goes low :). Lowest its been in summer was about 50%. Adelaide has been raining pretty well the past few years.

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lachie1998

maybe.......

we dont have a rain water tank, i put buckets outside when its going to rain lol

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Loach
maybe.......

we dont have a rain water tank' date=' i put buckets outside when its going to rain lol[/quote']

hahahahahaha lol, I dont get any rain with buckets, thats what the roof and the 2000L rainwater tank is for :)

Its actually regulation here in adelaide to have a rainwater tank.

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lachie1998

id like to get a rainwater tank but i would worry about all the bird poo and dirt and stuff on your roof. does it go through some kind of filter?

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Loach

Goes through mesh. I have had no problems to date though i would like to get an inline carbon filter for it.

Edit...

Wait! I remembered its hooked upto a pump fine filter thing that makes it usable for the dunny. It can apparently be drinkable (barely)

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Gbang

i used to do half ro half tap with minerals but now i'm trying out the pure ro with bee shrimp mix and my shrimp looks very very happy. i just top up ten litres everyweek via drip from a small 9 l bucket or a maximun of 10% water change

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Loach
i used to do half ro half tap with minerals but now i'm trying out the pure ro with bee shrimp mix and my shrimp looks very very happy. i just top up ten litres everyweek via drip from a small 9 l bucket or a maximun of 10% water change

Do you use saltyshrimp minerals?

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Dean

i use only RO water with salty shrimp minerals now, i only do top up and never do water changes at this time. i have many plants to take up nitrates and a crazy amount of filtration so all good like this for me.

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Loach

Do you have emmerged plants Dean? Best for drawing up nitrates.

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Dean

yes frogbit in every tank and a few native weeds from aquagreen that grow super fast but do a great job at reducing nitrates. not an attractive setup but works well.

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Loach

I personally use plants like lillies, Riccia, HC & D**kweed to reduce nitrates. HC is grown emmerged on wood :)

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Dean

dont say that work F*%Kweed. it gives me nightmares. lol

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Loach

I have censored it for you :p

Dont worry, i only use that BS in my ​"other tanks"

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Dean

every time a bit of it sneaks in on another plant it takes me months to get rid of it again. it blocks my overflows and gets all through my shrimp nets etc etc.

i hate it :)

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Loach

I have miracle techniques to get rid of it in 1 week! Just send $10000 to Liljacksusedcars@ratmail.com :victorious:

Jokes aside, i actually eliminate it pretty damn fast. Just have heaps off surface aggitation and a bigass net :)

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Sanoptic

Good way to rid a tank of Duckweed is to add a few Rainbow fish ,they love it.

Not a good idea if there are shrimps in the tank of coarse as Rainbows love them even more!!

Cheers

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Sprae
i use only RO water with salty shrimp minerals now' date=' i only do top up and never do water changes at this time. i have many plants to take up nitrates and a crazy amount of filtration so all good like this for me.[/quote']

I'm pretty much doing the same as Dean's top up only. But obviously I don't have the system where sump plant will remove the nitrates. Hoping my loads of moss will remove them :)

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Gbang

amazon frogbit is the bomb! the roots are great chilling places for babies, sucks out nitrates and extra food and a great place for growing infusoria!!! F^%&weed......well i just scope them out and feed it to my fish (cichlids etc) :) and if they don't eat it...well i ain't putting more food on the plate until it's clean ;) tough luv. eat your veggies!

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fishmosy

If you top up only using re-mineralised RO, how do you maintain your TDS levels? Surely somehow you have to remove some minerals from your system, either via water change or some other method? Or do the shrimp use that much that there is never any buildup?

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lachie1998
Distilled water from coles? About 80c per litre in the cleaning section.

Do you think this will work Loach? (whats your name btw?) will it lead to any problems in the future?

thanks

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Loach

Names Alex...

Its practically the same as RO i think. It is PURE water lol. Combine it with SaltyShrimp Minerals and you will be set to go. Though i think it will be cheaper to get one of those Cheap RO units from Guppies.

http://www.guppysaquariumproducts.com.au/reverse-osmosis-and-water-purifiers/3-stage-ro-unit-50-gallon-per-day/prod_430.html

In about 150L of distilled, the ro would have paid itself. Im actually considering getting one for myself.

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Dean

i have not noticed any build up of minerals as yet (3 1/2 months) using the saltymix.

my understanding is that plants use up a lot of the mineral also and keep in mind i run a 7500ltr system :)

not a nano tank :)

what your saying might be true for small tanks and as a rule you should always monitor your water parameters anyway :)

""Minerals and trace elements are vital for shrimp, crayfish, snails and fish, as well as for a functioning bio system in a tank. A lack or an imbalance may lead to severe problems, manifest in poor plant growth, algae growth, odd behaviour of the tank inhabitants or even losses.

SaltyShrimp mineral salt water conditioners prevent this. These salts have been designed and manufactured especially for the use in a freshwater tank. They improve the water condition and provide your tank inhabitants with all the essential minerals and trace elements via the water, for their health and wellbeing. Moreover, SaltyShrimp mineral products support the activities of the all-important filter bacteria and improve plant growth - for a stable, healthy biosystem in your tank.""

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