Should I Test For Calcium?

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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?
 

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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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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.
 

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

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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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