A Reminder on the Importance of Hard Water and Preventing the Shimmies

Discussion in 'Livebearers' started by CindiL, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    this is just a reminder to keep your water hardness up with your livebearers to prevent the shimmies which can occur from a lack of minerals and poor osmotic functioning.

    I have a tank full of live bearers. Mollies, guppies, and platies. Because I use R/O due to high nitrates in my regular tap water I add in Replenish (calcium and magnesium replacement). At a minimum I aim for 150ppm or 9 dGh. All my fish have been fine in this. I also have some crushed coral in my filters. I noticed last night that one of my mollies was having the shimmies, i.e., staying in one place in the tank shaking back and forth.

    I immediately brought up the GH to over 200 and added in Fresh Trace. She is fine this morning because I caught it early. I think mollies especially need harder water though all live bearers require it. Keep your eye on your Gh with these guys :)
  2. hampalong

    hampalong Well Known Member Member

    Agreed :)
  3. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Good reminder, thanks!
  4. OP

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    I did my 40% water change yesterday and now will be keeping my GH at 200. The nerites and shrimp will probably appreciate it also :)
  5. JoyToTheFishes

    JoyToTheFishes Valued Member Member

    The Shimmies?

    I tried to google and couldn't find much of a straight answer to what this is?

    I'm also at work and trying to be stealthy though, lol
  6. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    This may be useful
  7. OP

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    Thats a good article on explaining it.

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