Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
I got some RCS several weeks ago, and I had to adjust my PH by adding 3/5 ml PH down for them. The PH they came in was 7.2, and my PH is 7.6+. I left them in their original Ph for a week, then decreased the PH down by 1/5 ml over the course of two weeks. They started dying so I stopped decreasing the PH. They've been at the same PH level for two weeks now, and the last one died about 70 hours ago. I think they've recovered and I plan on decreasing the PH down until I'm not using any much more slowly than before. I think it would be best to leave their PH where it is now for a few more weeks, but my mom thinks it would be best to bring it back to what it was. Current PH is 7.6+ so it was a big change. What should I do?
Of the original 17, two were DOA, 5 went up the filter, and five died because of rapid PH fluctuations, which makes for a grand total of 12 dead shrimp. I counted seven today, and belive there are more since there are many hiding places. Several nights ago I counted 11 living shrimp, and then 2 shrimp died (one went through the impeller and the other is the last one that has died) so there should be about 9 shrimp. That means they're having babies(I've found two total).
Thanks for any help.
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