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wyzazz last won the day on September 13

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  1. I can almost 100% assure you that it doesn't hold stable unless you've got kH in your water, or some sort of buffer holding it down there. The pH can change drastically in planted tanks from night to day due to CO2 release (and lack thereof) from the plants. Heck, put some of that remineralized water in a bucket without a lid on it and add an airstone. Check it when you drop it into the bucket, 2 days later, then 6 days later. I'd be willing to bet that the pH has changed.
  2. In short, No. Active Substrate not only lowers pH but it keeps it stable at a particular pH and prevents swings. If you have rapid pH swings you will kill your shrimp.
  3. Keep removing them by hand or reset the tank, those are really your only options.
  4. gH is General Hardness - Usually Calcium and Magnesium - gH is the actual mineral content of your water. kH is Carbonate Hardness - This is the buffering capacity of the aquarium, usually Carbonates and Bicarbonates. kH keeps your pH stable. Generally the higher the kH the higher the pH. In most Caridina tanks we use gH only remineralizer with RO water and an Active/Buffering substrate to keep the pH low. Because there is no kH present, the pH can be pushed/pulled up or down by different factors. The substrate pulls it down and keeps it there and stable. If there were kH in the water the substrate and the kH would fight each other. Hopefully that makes sense.
  5. Where did you get the Taiwan Bees from? What were the previous Breeder's parameters? What temp do you keep your tank at? Any shots (close up and further away) of the tank? How are you adding water back for water changes? I drip mine in at about 1gph with no issues and only change 10% a week. Shrimplet survival can vary based on a ton of variables. I personally only use Bacter AE to soak leaves in, as without sufficient oxygen exchange/surface agitation it can sometimes suck all of the oxygen from a tank. I prefer Magic Powder/Aqualex Enzyme, and a DIY Powdered Food that I make to feed shrimplets, I've found that feeding a more complete powdered food has increased my shrimplet survival quite a bit.
  6. Welcome Bruce! I keep my Neo's at gH 8-9, kH 4-5, pH 7-7.4, TDS 200. I use RODI water and remineralize with Salty Shrimp gH/kH+ (Link below). Generally, Neo's will adapt to a very wide range of conditions. Depending on your tap water, you may be able to keep them in that with no issues. However, remineralized RO or Distilled water is usually the best option that way you know your water contains EVERYHTHING needed to ensure healthy shrimp. https://www.jungleaquashrimp.com/saltyshrimp-shrimp-mineral-gh-kh-minerals-and-trace-elements/
  7. As Shrimp Life eluded to, it doesn't look like you've cycled your aquarium. I'd start by giving this a quick read, and maybe watching a few youtube videos on how to cycle an aquarium. Some fish can survive an aquarium cycle, most shrimp cannot. https://modestfish.com/how-to-cycle-your-aquarium/
  8. My assessment based on your pics, top to bottom. I know some of these are pics of the same shrimp. F M F M F F M
  9. Eventually, yes. But they will be all over the place until they do. They aren't translucent masses like most snail eggs, they are white dots about 1/16th of an inch wide.
  10. You don't have to, but they are very beneficial IMHO. You could do MTS, mine hide in the substrate mostly. Nerites won't breed in freshwater but will lay eggs all over.
  11. Tanks are generally considered cycled when they can process around 4ppm of ammonia in 24hrs. Keep feeding the bacteria until you are ready to add the shrimp, then you can give it a break for a day or so. I don't use pure ammonia anymore, just fish food or snowflake along with snails to cycle. If you have seeded with a mature filter, you generally are cycled in a few days.
  12. No real need in a shrimp tank, but if you need it for a period of time you could always add a bag of purigen hanging in the output of the sponge filter. Or you could look at utilizing Quanvee Sponge Filters.
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