Here is my latest feeding and maintenance schedule
First of all, I feed 6 days out of the week. I have one “starve” day. I try to find something different each day to give the shrimp a good variety. The amount that I feed depends on the population of the tank.
Monday: Mosura Excel
Tuesday: Shrimp King Complete
Wednesday: Benibachi BeeMax + GlasGarten Baby Food
Thursday: Starve day
Friday: GlasGarten Shrimp Dinner
Saturday: GlasGarten Bacter AE + Glas Garten Baby Food
Sunday: GlasGarten Shrimp Dinner
- Everyday I top off the tank with pure RO water (TDS ~001ppm). You want to top off with RO water because you don’t want to raise the TDS. When water evaporates, the minerals stays inside the tank. If you add water with minerals in there, you are just adding more minerals each time and that will keep raising your TDS. I also top off everyday so I can keep the parameter of my tank as stable as I can. I have gone a weekend without topping off though. Here the RO unit that I installed in my house: Bulk Reef Supply
- Since I no longer dose (add minerals for the plants) my tank anymore, my TDS is very stable. It consistently stays around 150-160ppm. When I used to dose, my TDS will go up every day so once it hits about 180-200ppm, I would do a water change. The water I use for water change is RO water +Shirakura CA+. I would fill my 5gal water jug with pure RO water and I use the CA+ to bring the TDS in the water jug to be about ~100ppm. From experience, 1 teaspoon will get me that. Now, I probably change the water once a month as my TDS doesn’t shift very much. Remember you do not want to use this water (RO+CA+) to do the daily top off. Mark this jug and only use it for water changes.
- When I do the water change, I also take out the sponges that’s on my intake /sponge filter and squeeze it out a few times in the water that I just removed from the tank. I don’t want those sponge to touch anything else.
- I clean out the filter pads (eheim 2215) twice a year.
- OH, I do keep two items in my tank:
- Mineral rock. I’m not sure if this really does anything, but I keep it in there to help supplement the RO water.
- Almond leaf. This helps with the PH and it gives the shrimp something to eat at. When you add new leaf, it will turn your water a little brown (which is totally fine cause shrimp like that) but it will go away after the next water change.
- Note – if you don’t have a RO filter, I used to buy water from Safeway. I would bring my 5gal jugs to the Glacier water refill units. http://glacierwater.com/ This water works just as well. The key here is to constantly use the same water source for everything! I used to top of with RO water and do water changes with the water from Glacier. I could not understand why my shrimp weren’t getting berried. After change all the water source to my RO unit, it just took off from there.
- Another side note – after breeding shrimp for a few years now… I’m not sure if a canister filter is really needed. My tanks with just sponge filter and a HOB filter breed just as well as tanks with canister filters. For future setups, I may go with just sponge filter and HOB filters.