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Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by ButtNekkid, Sep 23, 2016.

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    ButtNekkid Active Member

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    What about shrimps. Do they need harder water as well?
    I have caridina -shrimps in the same tank.
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Depends on the species; Amano shrimp and some of the Sulawesi species do better in harder water, while crystal red bees and some others prefer softer water. Check PetShrimp and other forums and websites for advice on specific water parameters for each species.
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    Hi all,

    Just wanted to show my latest acquisition:

    Apistogramma panduro pair (hopefully)
    That female has to be the prettiest fish I´ve ever seen!

    + bonus shots of Otocinclus and wild caught Carnegiella myersi (who have been fighting at surface all evening)

    And I was only going to LFS for a couple of feet of air tube...;)

    Attached Files:

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    Hi all,

    Just wanted to tell you that I just found my first Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi fry in my main tank!
    I have never had in my 20+ years of aquarium keeping fry from tetras.

    Thanks guys for all the information!
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Black neon (what we call H. herbertaxelrodi in USA) and emperor tetras (N. palmeri) are some of the easiest-to-breed tetras, often with no intent or effort from the keeper!
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    Don´t rain on my parade! :p
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    Hi all,

    What kind of conductivity readings you guys get from rain water?
    I got 3 µS. Is that even possible?
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    Hi all,
    If you want to check your meter add a very small amount of table salt to a litre of rain-water, the workings are in <"Help with my water....">.

    I usually get about 60µS, it can be over a hundred in the summer and I've had less than 30 µS in the winter after its snowed.

    It is all limestone here and quite dusty.

    If it has rained a lot lately (or you've had heavy thunderstorms?) it can be pretty low, and I've spoken to people in Scotland etc where they regularly get ~10microS.

    cheers Darrel
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    Hi,

    It rained heavily today. I collected about an hour after is started. I live in a middle of "peat country" here in central Finland.
    And there´s no big factories in my town(if that makes any difference).
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    Hi all,
    The conductivity could be in single figures. Heavy rain (or even better snow) will take a lot of the dust and particulates from the atmosphere, and you can get very pure rain-water.

    Try the salt, even a couple of grains should raise the conductivity.

    cheers Darrel
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    Hi all,

    It rained heavily again today. Of course it did, my summer vacation started today ;)
    I tried salt.

    Before 3µS
    After 50µS

    I placed 8 grains of table salt in 0,4 pt (pint) of rain water. What is the unit used in Uk on that small amounts of liquid?

    Did Mike That Is Wise write some time ago that one could use pure rain water filtered through peat? I´d like to try that with my new panduro pair.

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