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Hi All!

I live in Sweden, near Gothenburg. 

I´m just starting with shrimps but I have had aquariums for may years but only with fish.

There was a few years without fishtanks when my kids was small and there was lack of time..

But now I have started a 105 liters with some Endlers guppies and Red Cherry shrims.

I´m moving them from a 16 liter tank to the 105 tank today!

It has been hard to keep stabile water parameters in the small tank... :-(

I have only had shrimps for some 4 months..

Best regards!



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Hi @Ripa357, welcome to SKF!

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Hi ad Thanks!

My 105 liter tank is up and running...

I have JBL Shrimp substrate in tap water... I added some GH+ so GH is 7-10 right now..

Dont know TDS yet... The meter is in transition... and with curret regulations here in sweden it looks like I will have to wait a while for it :-(

Q: does snybody else use JBL Shrimp substate? 

Can u overdose substrate?

My Ph is low... Below 6.0...

Yes U guesst it... The Ph-meter is in the mail too.... 😒


Best regards!

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