Ok, so I have been keeping Amano and Cherry shrimp in a community tank for about half a year. I am planning on starting a CRS only tank soon and need some advice.
I started making some Mineralized Top Soil in preparation for this new tank. I planned on letting the plants grow out for a month or so. After checking PH and GH, I was going to go ahead and order the shrimp. However, I came across this article ( shrimpkeeping. com/basics.html sorry about the link, still not allowed to post URLs). I was already planning on using Borneo Wild Humic in the filter to buffer the PH/GH, but the article suggests a few other things. Beni bachi BeeMax, Mineral Powder, Active Water, and Bee3 (or in my case since alpha pro has these: Borneowild Minerax, Borneowild Humic, Borneowild Bacter Crystals, and Borneowild Vigor).
Do I really need to use all this stuff to successfully keep CRS? I would rather not spend more money, but I also want my shrimp to be happy and healthy. The total to start this tank is starting to get a little too pricey. I was set on CRS, but if this stuff is really needed I may just hold off on them. Any help would be appreciated.