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    I am new to this forum, and I bought a few CRS juvies recently as I am getting into the hobby, and I put them in a small 3Gal nano tank orginally used to house a few white cloud fish with a hob filter and a heater without temp control, so it always keeps the temp around 78 F. The fish will be going to my 30Gal tank. I have eco-complete substrate on the tank and some plants and moss for them. No casualties so far for 3 weeks. I am new and buying additional CRS is a lot of money for me, so I would really love to setup a good environment to breed them. I read that CRS loves 5.8-6.8 PH, so should I change my substrate? I heard Aquasoil is good and makes the water more acidic, but will it melt after a few yrs and need a replacement soil? I also read that they like temp to be around 62-72, so I was thinking about turning my heater off. Please advice.

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    hmm.. when you use soil,, aft 1.5yrs-2yrs, its better to change due to the loss of acidic in the soil aquasoil is one of the popular brand used by breeders

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    Definitely turn off your heater. Aim for 72F for CRS. I personally do not rely on substrates to maintain parameters. That is accomplished by having the right mix of water in their tank. I keep my CRS at 6.5 Ph, 2 dKh, 5-6 dGh, and a TDS of 140ppm. I maintain these parameters with a 3:1 RO/Tap mixture and add a small amount of Gh booster to get my Gh where I want it. I don't have to worry about any other buffering variables, my water takes care of it.

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    If you don't have an ro unit, active soil is definitely the way to go. You can add a thick layer of it to maintain the buffering capacity for a longer period of time. Personally, I don't think it's such a big deal to change the soil every year, as you'll avoid old tank syndrome, parasites, viruses, etc.

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    Well, I will probably just stick with what I have because I really don't like to idea of having to change the soil. Maybe I will just make a diy co2 to lower the ph a bit. Thanks. What kind of old tank syndrome are you talking about? This is just a shrimp tank, so no fish is going in, maybe I am missing something?

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