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Old 06-10-2013, 11:24 PM   #1
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KH, GH and Shrimp

I can't seem to keep shrimp alive and I think it may be related to my ultra-soft water. GH an KH are both 1; pH is about 6.8. I don't want to add crushed coral because I'm happy with my pH where it is. I've been looking at Seachem Equilibrium - would that do the trick? I know it's just for GH, but my reading suggests that's more important than KH for inverts.

The piece that might complicate the puzzle is that I plan to plant this tank next week. I will be using glut and PPS-Pro. I don't know how the fertilizers will affect the hardness.

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Following along because I have had unexplained shrimp deaths and I believe it is linked to molting. Water is not as soft as yours (KH 5 GH 9). I have added a few chunks of cuttlebone to boost the calcium (have not ordered a calcium test kit yet). Have not researched the Seachem product you mentioned.
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Here is a link to a discussion from the Seachem support forum that may answer your question about increasing GH/KH without increasing pH:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...hz2ztoSoBFhajg
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