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    Hi friends,

    Since I am using RO water for all my shrimp now, I can set the water parameters to almost any particular value, regarding Ec., pH, GH and KH.
    So what do you think are the ideal parameters according to your experience?

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    Hmm.... Actually there are no ideal water parameters. Based on my experience, the key thing is to provide them sufficient nutrients (not just calcium and magnesium but every essential nutrients) and they will do well.

    However for Neo and even tiger, you have to see their past few generations are breed in acidic or alkaline water. In order to breed them well initially, you will have to match that. If you like their shell to be extremely thick, keeping them at pH 7 +- 0.2 will be the best. I tried it before by leveraging on only sulphate salts and zero chloride salts (which are used in most softwater shrimp salts to bring down pH), the shell of my PFR are gorgeous. However to make my life simple, nowadays, I keep all my Neo in same parameters as the rest of my softwater shrimps, which is 5.4 to 5.8. They still have beautiful shiny bright color shell but it is not as thick when pH is neutral.

    I don't think there any pH neutral shrimp salts available in the market and the shrimp substrate is usually acidic. As such, most people keep their Neo either in mild acidic or mild alkaline water.
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    It is the same here, I keep all my shrimp in the same water to make things more simple.

    Since it is not always easy to find Neo shrimp that we would like to buy, that were kept and bred in soft, acidic water, we have this question:

    Is it even possible to acclimate adult shrimp to other parameters, in our case from slightly alkaline water to rather acidic (pH ~6,0), soft water?
    ..or is this only possible in the next generation?

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    Usually, I will not recommend a pH shock of more than 1.0 difference. However for healthy Neos, they can be very resilient and are able to handle it. Previously, I moved them from a pH 7 tank to pH 5.5 tank without significant lost.

    However, if someone is keeping them in medium alkaline water (8 and above) and you are going to put them into a medium acidic water below 5.5, then the shock can be too drastic and definitely, there will some of them can't make it. If you want to acclimate them in such drastic scenario, I will suggest put them in a neutral pH tank for one or to month first, after that, move them to the medium acidic final tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garneland View Post
    Hi friends,

    Since I am using RO water for all my shrimp now, I can set the water parameters to almost any particular value, regarding Ec., pH, GH and KH.
    So what do you think are the ideal parameters according to your experience?
    Taiwan bred neocaridina which is supplying to the world now were bred in alkaline water from pH 7.5 to 8 and GH varies from 10dH to 15dH.

    So if you are using RO, best is to tune the pH to at least 7 to 7.5 and GH 5 to 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silane View Post
    Taiwan bred neocaridina which is supplying to the world now were bred in alkaline water from pH 7.5 to 8 and GH varies from 10dH to 15dH.

    So if you are using RO, best is to tune the pH to at least 7 to 7.5 and GH 5 to 10.
    Sounds like Sulawesi shrimp salt suits Neo nowadays.
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    I setup my tanks for neocaridina on these parameters: PH 7.2 +-0.2, GH 4; KH 8; TDS 200-250! They breed like hell!! I Have Red Rili and Fantasy Blue in 3 tanks!
    Also, I use Salty Shrimp GH/KH +! Its a fantastic product!

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