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    Hello everyone.

    I've been looking at getting CRS for a while, so I did a water test last night and found my tap water comes out at:

    PH-7.8
    GH-16
    KH-5
    TDS-untested

    Straight away I realised these were pretty far off what CRS like (of course i could alter them with ADA amazonia 2 etc) but it got me wondering how good they were for Sulawesi shrimp?

    It seems most people are having to add a lot of minerals to bring their GH up, but is mine too high? I could mix it with RO water to bring it down but then it saves no hassle over CRS (I'd have to mix their water with RO water to bring the parameters down as well).

    So simply, are my parameters fine for Sulawesi? Or is my tap water too hard? Obviously would need to treat it to get rid of al chemicals in the water, but apart from that would they be ok?

    Sam

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    both CRS and sulawesi prefer soft water..better to lower it down to 4-7 for CRS

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    Gh a bit on the high side...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixftsam View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I've been looking at getting CRS for a while, so I did a water test last night and found my tap water comes out at:

    PH-7.8
    GH-16
    KH-5
    TDS-untested

    Straight away I realised these were pretty far off what CRS like (of course i could alter them with ADA amazonia 2 etc) but it got me wondering how good they were for Sulawesi shrimp?

    It seems most people are having to add a lot of minerals to bring their GH up, but is mine too high? I could mix it with RO water to bring it down but then it saves no hassle over CRS (I'd have to mix their water with RO water to bring the parameters down as well).

    So simply, are my parameters fine for Sulawesi? Or is my tap water too hard? Obviously would need to treat it to get rid of al chemicals in the water, but apart from that would they be ok?

    Sam
    Your water ph should do fine without any further adjustment for Sulawesi but the Gh is way to high for them and any crs to be in.

    Crs - Gh 4-6 i think alot of breeder where i come from maintain at that lvl
    Sulawesi Gh 6-8 i personally keep my at 8 no more than 8.

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    Thanks for the help guys. It looks like no matter which shrimp species I go with I'm going to have to change my tap water before adding it to the tank! There I was hoping for an easy life...

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    Cherries would be fine with that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixftsam View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. It looks like no matter which shrimp species I go with I'm going to have to change my tap water before adding it to the tank! There I was hoping for an easy life...
    Hi Sam...If shrimp keeping was that easy the prices of the desired high grade CRS and Sulawesi species would be as cheap as chips...

    Easy life...NO....

    Although a throughly enjoyable life with shrimp and fish as companions...YES...

    Good luck in the new venture mate and enjoy the R/O > tap water combo scenario.....Chris

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