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Anybody try or use Salty Shrimp Aquarium GH/KH+


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I'm going to try this and was wondering if anybody else uses this?

 

I have 4 tanks and want to use the water from my 20 gallon reserve for all the tanks.

 

Tanks:

1. Community - Harlequin Rasbora, Black Neon Tetra, Panda Cory's, Nerites

2. Betta - 1 Betta, some bloody Mary Shrimp and a Horned Nerite

3. Future OEBT

4. Cull Tank

 

I tried Salty shrimp Shrimp GH/KH+ and I think it made my Betta sick. He had swim bladder problems that went away eventually after I change the mineral back to GH booster and Potassium Bicarbonate and Seachem Trace.

 

I'm not sure if Aquarium GH/KH+ has different formula or not. I don't want to make my Betta sick again. Betta are sensitive to salt.

 

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The Shrimp Minerals GH/KH + only bothered the Betta, not the Community fish tank.

 

Now, ...I'm not positive the Betta was affect by the Shrimp Minerals GH/KH + he could've just had an illness that affect his swim bladder. Since the product label does not list the ingredients, I have no way to tell.

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After communicating with the manufacturer, they indicate that the trace elements mixture is the only difference. I personally believe they are the same and they are marketing to a different user base for increased sales. If their is a difference than it most likely wouldn't make any difference to fish and shrimp anyway, except maybe to the most delicate shrimp.

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OK, I tried this in all my tanks.

 

There must be a lot of sodium in this mixture because it irritated my catfish and Betta fish. This was the same reaction that Shrimp GH/KH+ had on my Betta and Cory's. I switched all tanks back to Ultimate GH Booster and Potassium Bicarbonate. My male Cory's gills started to bleed and he did not recover. The Betta developed a swim bladder ailment and he did recover when I switched back. I ordered 4 more Cory's because the two females I have left are restless without the male present.

 

As far as shrimp goes, they are neo's so they are OK with the Ultimate GH Booster.

GH=6

KH=2

TDS=210

pH=7.2

 

So my hunch is the two products are the same.

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I wonder if the KH has something to do with it?

 

GH is just calcium, potassium and magnesium. So what they are using for KH is a mystery. It has something to do with sodium, because scaleless and betta fish are sensitive to too much sodium.

 

EDIT: Also to note that all the algae (except BBA) disappeared and my poor snails are scrounging around for leftover fish food. Also I have not seen a single pest snail since using it. Even after switching back, no pest snails. My assassin snails are attacking the small horned nerites because they are hungry.

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What about using seachem equilibrium and for kh calcium carbonate (lime) ?  I've never tried lime for KH personally, but I have calcium carbonate in my well water and can say it is one heck of a buffer.   You could try seachem alkaline buffer with acid buffer but I think alkaine buffer is sodium bicarbonate based.  There are other ingredients as well according to seachem, and perhaps it won't irritate your fish since it is made by aquarium experts.

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