aqua_che_scapes Posted December 6, 2018 Report Share Posted December 6, 2018 Long post warning about SL Aqua experience so far: I am now 1 1/2 months into my new SL Aqua soil. I have been having the WORST time with it. It cycled great at ph 5.5-6 range and eventually all the ammonia and nitrite and nitrates were zero for several weeks and I was using small drops of Dr Tims ammonia once a week to keep my cycle going. I decided to buy my first taiwan bee shrimp on Monday (just a couple cheap ones so I can learn how to keep them alive) this week to put in there and after two days into the shipping waiting time my parameters decided to go to crap and now I am waiting for my shrimp to be delivered today and the tank is no longer suitable for them. My GH/kh and TDS and temp are perfect. The ph was stable at 5.2-5.4 for a long time and now it’s sitting at 4.8 and not budging, I started getting .25-.5 ammonia readings and nitrates up to 10. One or two of my buce plants died as a result of whatever is happening. I feel like this soil is putting me through more drama. Nobody else I talk to seems to having these issues with it. I’ve talked to several people about what type of water to use. Several even said they breed shrimp at that low 4.8 ph just fine (gh+ remin and RODI, same as me) and it’s their business so they can totally rely on it too. Everyone says absolutely NO to adding kh to this tank. Plus every time I’ve used a drop of baking soda to buffer of the soil up to ph 5.5 the soil strips it out and the ph/kh drops back down overnight so what’s the point of trying that (it would cause constant major ph swings)? I bought the SL Aqua soil after several hobbyists said it was the BEST soil out there and it will perfect buffer my tank between 5.8-6.2. I’ve swapped the soil out of this tank three times since I set it up in July trying to get it ready for shrimps. I did 6-8water changes the last three days just attempting to lower the ammonia back down, i even used API ammo chips for 10 hours last night to drop it down quick (removed them already) and added enough floating plants to cover the entire top of the tank and dosed seachem prime. I’m at a point where I’m not sure what to do. Afraid I’m going to kill these shrimp already. I literally have done nothing but once a week water changes on the SL Aqua soil tank and making sure the cycle stayed healthy before this happened. Looks like my shrimp will be in a plastic tub with an air stone until I can solve the problem and hopefully they will survive. The only other option is keep dosing prime into my tank every 24 hours to neutralize the ammonia/nitrates with the new shrimp in the tank and hope the pH isn’t an issue if I drip acclimate them for 10 hours/all day long. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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