Keeping FW Ghost shrimp in tap water

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  1. Kerrick

    Kerrick GPO Registered

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    I am recieving a shipment of 500 ghost shrimp for the cuttles and was wondering your opinions on keeping them in Tap water were? I'm going to split them into two 5 gallon bucks and run airstones in the buckets.

    My water is relatively clean and has pretty low chlorine from what I can tell.


    Thanks for any input you can give.
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Not likely to work well. You will at least need a Tap water conditioner.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Amquel and you should be fine.
     
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    corpusse Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    is it really that much trouble to make 10 more gallons of RO?
     
  5. Kerrick

    Kerrick GPO Registered

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    I unfortunately do not have a ro/di... I have recently found out that my LFS has only DI and never changes their resin so I am having difficulty getting RO/DI(i drive 45 minutes to work 3 days a week and there is a LFS not far out of the way that has good water)...
    Obviously I am saving for an RO/DI... but for right now I'm buying it by the 5 gallon bucket and driving across the state... lol :)

    thanks for the input guys I think I will condition the tap water.
     
  6. corpusse

    corpusse Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    You should have got the RO/DI BEFORE the cuttlefish.
     
  7. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Why? His cuttlefish seem to be doing just fine.

    You only need RODI if you need it. I run on DI (with sediment and carbon filters) and that is more on superstition (though it is possible that copper could be an issue without the DI. The TDS of my tap water is 40 or less, so IMO there really is no need for RODI and the waste water it produces. In fact, may reefkeepers in my area get on fine with tap water and either prime or amquel or sediment filters and carbon.

    I would contact thefilterguys.biz with any questions. They seem more interested in sharing info than making a sale.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I think it is highly dependent upon the water source. My tap is very muddy and I filter particulates before it gets to the faucets but still see red mud in my RO particulate filter. Because the mud suggest ground water and with it bacteria, I have also started running the water through a UV before I mix it or use it for top off (I don't run a UV on the tanks). Initially (pre-octopuses), I was filtering through a small sand filter (probably DI resin and carbon looking back on it) and using a dechlorinating addititive. All of my tanks started doing noticably better when I got an RO/DI unit.
     
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    gjbarord Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    Jeez, I feel like maybe I should be doing something to my tap water... before I drink it!!:bugout:

    Greg
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    We live on a lake and are at the very end of the water line so our water is worse than most. They redid the lines a few years ago but it did not help with the mud. Before they redid the lines, the water company ran water off into our yard. It was supposed to be an on off thing but they left it running all the time so we piped it to a small pond and then down to the lake. I could not keep anything alive in the pond though and when they put the new piping it, they either turned off or reran the overflow.
     
  11. Kerrick

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    Well... I setup a filter on a five gallon bucket. Bit the bullet and used only DI/RO. But ammonia was getting to be a real problem so I added a little ammonia remover that is supposed to be safe for inverts and even raising fish for human consumption. Even then I'm doing 2.5 gallon water changes every day... Damn shrimp! LOL...

    Anyways... 500 shrimp is just unmanageable. Who cares if I can get them for 8 cents a shrimp if 1/3 die before everything is said and done.
     

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