Water Parameters For Red Cherry Shrimp

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Can I ask what your water perameters are? I just like to know what they are used to. I have been struggling with my cherries for a while, and I am curious where yours thrive best.
 

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brondo said:
Im interested in the 20+5 also. Can I ask what your water perameters are? I just like to know what they are used to. I have been struggling with my cherries for a while, and I am curious where yours thrive best.
My pH is 7.6, last time I checked KH was 4-5 and GH was about the same. The only "special" thing I do with my shrimp is hang a nylon stocking full of crushed coral in the tank to raise/buffer the pH and add all those lovely trace elements to the water. I've been keeping cherry shrimp for about 10 years so I have a "typical" 10 gallon setup that always seems to end up just right for shrimp.
 
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thequietman44 said:
My pH is 7.6, last time I checked KH was 4-5 and GH was about the same. The only "special" thing I do with my shrimp is hang a nylon stocking full of crushed coral in the tank to raise/buffer the pH and add all those lovely trace elements to the water. I've been keeping cherry shrimp for about 10 years so I have a "typical" 10 gallon setup that always seems to end up just right for shrimp.
Wow. Those are my perameters exactly, i am even adding crushed shell to all my tanksm i wonder why I am struggling with bad molts and no breeding. So bizarre
 

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brondo said:
Wow. Those are my perameters exactly, i am even adding crushed shell to all my tanksm i wonder why I am struggling with bad molts and no breeding. So bizarre
Quite possibly a TDS issue. I'd recommend starting your own thread to ask about it. Lots of us are happy to help with troubleshooting!
 

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brondo said:
Wow. Those are my perameters exactly, i am even adding crushed shell to all my tanksm i wonder why I am struggling with bad molts and no breeding. So bizarre
I don't have any experience with crushed shell, but I've been using Caribsea Aragonite crushed coral and Caribsea coral sand with my shrimp since I started (at the time I didn't know it would raise/buffer the pH, I just thought it looked cool). I don't have a TDS meter but I know more sensitive shrimp require a very specific range to thrive.

FWIW I also feed the shrimp Omega One Veggie Rounds (again, just the first thing I found 10 years ago and it seems to work well) and blanched zucchini. I also have java moss in the tank which seems to positively affect the reproduction (or maybe survival) rate. Recently I started adding Indian almond leaves for good measure, but I haven't noticed any difference good or bad.
 
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ETNsilverstar said:
Quite possibly a TDS issue. I'd recommend starting your own thread to ask about it. Lots of us are happy to help with troubleshooting!
I tried. It went nowhere. I am down to 5 cherries, Ive given up there. But the snails I breed for my Fahaka are dying and one og my Marmorkrebs that I am also trying to breed had a bad molt, and was then killed by one of the others while weak. I mean, pest snails and cherry shrimp? How can I be struggling with such basic creatures? My perams are good, i feed right, its bumming me out big time.
 

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Try a wondershell in the tank to buffer the water. I used to just put big seashells in my tanks for the fish to hide in and add calcium etc. Eventually . . .slowly. . . . they dissolve into a skeleton of a shell. But wondershell works fast. We have 8+ pH but too-low minerals, yet my snails are growing well now. Before just mediocre.
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The shrimp are all healthy, but getting eaten by my fish. . .
 

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thequietman44 said:
My pH is 7.6, last time I checked KH was 4-5 and GH was about the same. . .
Is that from the tap or in the tank after aging the crushed coral?
 

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In the tank. I haven't tested my tap water in a while but last time I believe it was around 7.2.
 
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