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IS there a very fast way to make acidic water hard, higher ph and better in general for snails and shrimp?
Is it possible that alder cones are making water less hard? I bought some bc everyone says they're good for shrimp, but they make the water acidic. What gives?

I tried a "pH up" type liquid. I ended up using the whole bottle in one night on the 4 different enclosures but it didn't keep the pH up more than a few hours.

No, I don't have gh,kh or TDS test yet.
 

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AND snails. Their shells turn white and break easily. I don't understand what's making the water acidic as it tests fine from hose with filter.
 

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Eggs shell,cuttlefish work same way as corals.I used to fry eggs and save its shells...
 

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So...dumb question? Why are the alder cones HIGHLY recommended for shrimp if they're goin got lower the pH, which they need? Seems counter-intuitive.
It gives the shrimp something to eat at. Biofilm usually grows on alder cones and shrimp love to eat biofilms.
 

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Ah, ok. Youtubers say it helps them with breeding too. I had assumed bc it excreted a special hormone or something.
I'd think with thick foliage in the tank, they'd have enough biofilm, right?
How old or long do they have to be before they start breeding?
 

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Ah, ok. Youtubers say it helps them with breeding too. I had assumed bc it excreted a special hormone or something.
I'd think with thick foliage in the tank, they'd have enough biofilm, right?
How old or long do they have to be before they start breeding?
It takes about 3-5 months before they start breeding.
 




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