20 Gallon Caridina Tank

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Gonna test everything once I get home. I may be cycled. If that’s the case, I’m gonna get some snails.

So close. 0 ammonia .25 nitrite 5 nitrate.

Do I go with blue bolts or shadow mosuras once cycles and stable?
 

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Do I go with blue bolts or shadow mosuras once cycles and stable?
Blue bolts are probably the more stable and easily kept of the two. However, if this is your first run with Caridina I suggest crystal reds/blacks and golden bees, as they are more forgiving with water parameters. Lower grade King Kongs/Pandas would also be a good choice.
 
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Blue bolts are probably the more stable and easily kept of the two. However, if this is your first run with Caridina I suggest crystal reds/blacks and golden bees, as they are more forgiving with water parameters. Lower grade King Kongs/Pandas would also be a good choice.
Why are crystals more forgiving? Is it because they’ve been in the hobby longer?
 

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Why are crystals more forgiving? Is it because they’ve been in the hobby longer?
Their line has been more stabilized than other Taiwan bees, and they will breed and survive in a wider range of water parameters. They do best in soft acidic water but it doesn't have to be as meticulously monitored as, say, red wine pintos or mosura blue bolts.

Crystal shrimp ideal parameters:

pH = 6.2 to 6.9
GH = 4 to 6
KH = >2
TDS = 150 to 180
 
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Their line has been more stabilized than other Taiwan bees, and they will breed and survive in a wider range of water parameters. They do best in soft acidic water but it doesn't have to be as meticulously monitored as, say, red wine pintos or mosura blue bolts.

Crystal shrimp ideal parameters:

pH = 6.2 to 6.9
GH = 4 to 6
KH = >2
TDS = 150 to 180
My parameters are these
Ph 6.4
Gh 7
Kh 0
TDS 120
 
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Looks good to me, my GH was 6 at 140 TDS.

I use Salty Shrimp Bee Salt GH+.
I use brightwell aquatics. How long do you normally wait after cycling to add shrimp?
 

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I use brightwell aquatics. How long do you normally wait after cycling to add shrimp?
I basically insta-cycle my tanks. I move over established media and a handful of snails, then wait 4-6 weeks for the 5anks to stabilize and mature.
 
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New additions. MTS and a Saint Elmo’s fire amazon sword

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The sword is a little beat up. He was in a tank and was being eaten on and I did some heavy pruning to remove the immersed growth.
 
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Is this something to be worried about or are they roots? I’ve never grown Bolbitis before.
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My tank has finally cycled. Do I let my plants grow in more before I get shrimp, or should I be good?
 
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