Evaporation And Effects Neocaridina Shrimp

  • Thread starter

Fahn

Fishlore VIP
Messages
6,557
Reaction score
3,741
Points
458
I'm setting up a 5 gallon shrimp tank. I tried a versatop lid but it is about ⅛" too long... So here is my dilemma.

As water evaporates in my tanks, I just top off as needed with my tap water. However, it is my understanding that this increases the concentration of minerals in the water.

Is this detrimental to neocaradina varieties? I don't fully understand TDS but know shrimp are sensitive to fluctuations. I've only ever kept feeder shrimp with... less than laudable results... but attribute that to poor genetics and neglect during shipping.

Is an open top ok? I've considered getting the versatop trimmed but wouldn't know how...
 

James17

Well Known Member
Messages
2,293
Reaction score
1,717
Points
148
Experience
4 years
If you are doing weekly water changes that should be fine, It won't evaporate that much in a few days.
 
  • Thread starter

Fahn

Fishlore VIP
Messages
6,557
Reaction score
3,741
Points
458
James17 said:
If you are doing weekly water changes that should be fine, It won't evaporate that much in a few days.
I have been watching Mark's Shrimp Tanks and he recommends only 1 or 2 water changes per month, in relation to TDS. However, most of his shrimp are Caridina varieties, which from my understanding are more challenging to keep.,
 

Jocelyn Adelman

Fishlore VIP
Messages
4,921
Reaction score
2,990
Points
308
Experience
2 years
My cherries get a 50% water change once a week, (planted community tanks) plus a top off if necessary. If your numbers are higher due to increased minerals you can do a couple of back to back changes to reset them.
 
  • Thread starter

Fahn

Fishlore VIP
Messages
6,557
Reaction score
3,741
Points
458
Should I get a TDS meter?
 
Toggle Sidebar

New Threads

Similar Threads

Aquarium Calculator

Aquarium Photo Contests

Follow FishLore!

FishLore on Social Media





Top Bottom