Active Substrate And Waterchanges

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Yobi

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I am thinking about starting a 5.5 gallon heavily planted shrimp tank. My tap water is 7.8 out of the tap, which is fine for my larger tanks.

I want to use an active substrate such as Fluval Starum, but am worried about water changes. If I mix my higher PH tap water into the tank, will that raise the PH enough to be harm the shrimp? Or will I need to prep the water first by either:
  • Buying RODI/Distilled water from the store for ever WC
  • Prepping the water by putting it in a bucket with some left over substrate and an air stone.
How do people with active substrates usually handle this? (FYI, I'm looking at Neos, either yellow shrimp or blue dream.)
 

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You don't want a big fast water change for your shrimp. Top your aquarium of frequently, and while water changing use a airline hose to siphon water back into the aquarium. Even for shrimp, Ph isn't extremly important unless your water is too acidic. Your shrimp will be fine if you keep them around what they need. Water becomes dangerous when Ph levels are unstable and varie.
 
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