Thanks Kevin, I thought this might have been a problem with first batch when I lost a couple so I put fine net over intake but still lost the rest.Have you got any protection on the filter intake. They may be hiding out in the filter mine sometimes get in if the guard is knocked off
👍 This sounds quite promising. I will be looking at increasing the GH by treating the tap water on my water changesI had the same issues, they grew fast and at one point half of my females were berried. They all died. I also have raccoon tigers and I've never lost one.
My gh and kh is similar to yours. I eventually added some montmarillonite powder and crushed egg shells and its increased my gh to about 6. I haven't lost a cherry since and I've had 2-3 rounds of babies.
@SteveMid For what its worth, the breeder I got my Neocaridina davidi's from, had their water at ~6 GH and the TDS 230-260 ppm. If you'r worried that you Calcium content may be too low I suggest only to add some additional Calcium Chloride such as this to whatever you're doing now to give it that extra Ca and drive up that GH a notch (I use it myself as part of my RO/Tap water prep). And of course, look out for other causes when introducing more shrimps - (such as predation from those Platy fish as @zeus points out). Shrimps are supposedly relatively sensitive to wide swings in TDS - its a rather vague notion to me, as I suppose it all depends on what makes up the TDS number in the first place...Oh, and drip acclimation is always a very good idea. Anyway, I am still learning the ins and outs of shrimp keeping as well.👍 This sounds quite promising. I will be looking at increasing the GH by treating the tap water on my water changes
Cherry shrimps need some hardness (dGH/dKH). They don't persist in my rainwater tanks (about 4dKH, but softer in the winter), but do really well in our tap water (about 17 dGH/dKH).I was just wondering about other mineral additives as my tap water is very soft