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I'm a new member and a new shrimp keeper.  I didn't find anything that addresses my concerns. I'm using both RO and distilled water (in different tanks) and adding SaltyShrimp Shrimp Minerals GH/KH+ for neocaridina. I add the additive until I reach a TDS of 180-200 but my pH is way out of range (7.8-7.9 versus the 7.2 that the breeders recommend). If I add the mineral per instructions (1 level one level spoon to 10 liters of water) my pH is over 8.0!  Is this "normal"? 

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I use only RODI and Salty Shrimp GH/KH+ for my neos too, almost 3 years now. MY pH is usually 7.4-7.6, i've never followed the instructions, when i first looked into reminerilizers I saw a few that mentioned the instruction dosage was off, so it was suggested to me just to mix to a TDS of 200-220 and it's been fine. Are you having any shrimp losses or just curious?

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