Should I Test For Calcium?

Jellibeen

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I have had a neo shrimp colony for a few weeks now. I am wondering if I should be testing my water for calcium. Is there any way to tell if my shrimp are getting enough calcium?
 

Fanatic

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Well, to add calcium, some people use calcium carbonate tablets, which are tums or something similar.
I recommend cuttlebone added to the filter, or directly in the tank. It does take time to sink.
Shrimp are supposedly supposed to have a white line somewhere on their body that indicates a calcium lactation.
 
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Jellibeen

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How do I tell if I need to add calcium, or is it something I should just do?
 

-Mak-

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Jellibeen

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Got it. I just ordered one. When I was looking, I saw a calcium specific test kit and did not know if I should get one, too. I have been keeping fish for years but have honestly never tested for gh/kh.
 

-Mak-

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Jellibeen said:
Got it. I just ordered one. When I was looking, I saw a calcium specific test kit and did not know if I should get one, too. I have been keeping fish for years but have honestly never tested for gh/kh.
I don't think people really get as specific as to test for just calcium, but GH is what's more important and it includes calcium.
 
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Jellibeen

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At what level should I start supplementing calcium? My test kit should arrive wednesday.
 

-Mak-

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Jellibeen said:
At what level should I start supplementing calcium? My test kit should arrive wednesday.
If GH is below 6. Some supplements add more calcium carbonate (KH) than GH, so I use a GH booster
 

bitseriously

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You might also find calcium levels in your municipal water report, if that's available to you.
 

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