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September « 2013 « ADA Plant Tanks

Daily Maintenance

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Posted on 23rd September 2013 by King7 in Filter

I have been getting a few requests lately on what I do on a daily bases and what do I feed my shrimp.  Here is a summary of my maintenance schedule and feeding schedule.

Feeding 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.  Some food they finish super fast, some food takes awhile for them to eat.  I think it all depends on the density of the food.  For example, the same size food, it takes my shrimp much longer time to finish the Ebi Dama vs the Grow.

Monday: Mosura Excel
Tuesday: BorneoWild Multipara + Shirakura baby food
Wednesday: Boiled organic baby spinach or BorneoWild Grow
Thursday: Benibachi BeeMax + Shirakura baby food
Friday: Starve Day
Saturday: Shirakura Ebi Dama + Shirakura baby food
Sunday: BorneoWild Barley + Benibachi BeeMax + BorneoWild Stout

Here are the links to the items above:

 

I order my shrimp supplies and food from two places mainly:
Shirakura food and CA+, almond leaf, mineral rocks, etc:  http://stores.ebay.com/shirakurausa

 

Maintenance Schedule:
  • 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.