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    Shrimp King or Salty Shrimp......

    I looking to expanding my shrimp room to include Sulawesi shrimp, specifically the Cardinal variety.

    Does any one have experience using either Shrimp King Sulawesi Salt (GH+/KH+) or Salty Shrimp Sulawesi Mineral 8.5 to prep their water for either set up or water changes to maintain their shrimp colony?

    Trying to decide which brand to use as I finalize last items for setting up tank. Got the tank/lights/gravel/rock/heater/etc...Only thing left is remineralizer.

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    I've never used sulawesi variants but used neocaridina and caridina of shrimp king and salty shrimp. Shrimp king has finer granules (less rocky chunks) and mixes easier compared to salty shrimp. Also tds to kh/gh or only gh ratio is different with shrimp king because it has added vitamins. If you decide on salty shrimp sulawesi I believe the 8.5 is harder to mix compared to 7.5

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    I used salty shrimp for my Cardinals when I had a colony. They did very well but the salt didn't always fully dissolve in my ro/di water. I usually mixed it for a day or so.

    After a while I got lazy and just began using straight tap water. They did fine until I moved and my entire colony crashed. I was thinking of trying again but don't have the space right now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redleg View Post
    I looking to expanding my shrimp room to include Sulawesi shrimp, specifically the Cardinal variety.

    Does any one have experience using either Shrimp King Sulawesi Salt (GH+/KH+) or Salty Shrimp Sulawesi Mineral 8.5 to prep their water for either set up or water changes to maintain their shrimp colony?

    Trying to decide which brand to use as I finalize last items for setting up tank. Got the tank/lights/gravel/rock/heater/etc...Only thing left is remineralizer.
    The salty shrimp sulawasi salts require you to dose co2 into a mixing container so dissolve the salts lol. It's a pita. I would go with shrimp king if its for a few small tanks. Salty Shrimp if you're fine with buying a co2 tank for the long run

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    Quote Originally Posted by kberg2498 View Post
    The salty shrimp sulawasi salts require you to dose co2 into a mixing container so dissolve the salts lol. It's a pita. I would go with shrimp king if its for a few small tanks. Salty Shrimp if you're fine with buying a co2 tank for the long run
    REQUIRE C02? uhhh what? thats not true at all. yes dry salts arent the easiest to mix sometimes. just the nature of the product. there are some tricks you can try to help, try mixing with boiling RO water and letting it sit for 24hrs. stirring it occasionally during that time. I do know that SaltyShrimp tends to be larger sized grains then most of the other avail shrimp GH' powders out there. of the dry GH powders my fav is saltybee. this is by far the easiest to mix and they have a premium version that also has a fert added.

    there arent many sulawesi options out there, i'd stick with the SaltyShrimp brand. its probably the oldest of all the powder GH brands and most used around the world.


    directions directly from SS site.
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    Add Sulawesi Mineral 8.5 to water outside of your aquarium. It will almost totally dissolve if CO2 is added for a few days. On regular CO2-Quantity (one bubble per second) the salt dissolved totally into approx. 3-4 days. If you use CO2 to dissolve the mineral salt, please make sure you aerate the water afterwards for at least three hours with an air stone in order to expel the CO2! Afterwards, the water is ready for use. We recommend adapting the temperature of the new water to that in your tank. Please make sure to add any undissolved particles to your tank, too. Close the container after use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bostoneric View Post
    REQUIRE C02? uhhh what? thats not true at all. yes dry salts arent the easiest to mix sometimes. just the nature of the product. there are some tricks you can try to help, try mixing with boiling RO water and letting it sit for 24hrs. stirring it occasionally during that time. I do know that SaltyShrimp tends to be larger sized grains then most of the other avail shrimp GH' powders out there. of the dry GH powders my fav is saltybee. this is by far the easiest to mix and they have a premium version that also has a fert added.

    there arent many sulawesi options out there, i'd stick with the SaltyShrimp brand. its probably the oldest of all the powder GH brands and most used around the world.


    directions directly from SS site.
    Over 6 retails that carry the product recommend co2 to dissolve the salt completely. The reason they made the 7.5ph mixture was to make one that would dissolve easier and not require co2. I don't know if you've tried the product but it does not dissolve no matter how long you mix it with regular ro water. Their regular GH powders are not to be compared with their Sulawesi mineral. Those are easy to dissolve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kberg2498 View Post
    Over 6 retails that carry the product recommend co2 to dissolve the salt completely. The reason they made the 7.5ph mixture was to make one that would dissolve easier and not require co2. I don't know if you've tried the product but it does not dissolve no matter how long you mix it with regular ro water. Their regular GH powders are not to be compared with their Sulawesi mineral. Those are easy to dissolve.
    i'm fully aware and have used the product over the years. CO2 is not required.

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    Well......I picked up both Shrimp King and Salty Shrimp. I’ve decided on setting up two tanks, allowing it to cycle with each tank using each brand. I figure the time that I have while tank is cycling and changing water and adjusting to be within good parameters will allow me to figure which one works best.

    Thanks for your input and I will definitely share my experience with you all!

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    If you wanna go the cheap route, you can also just let a bag of aragonite (crushed coral) sit in a bucket of RO or distilled water for a few days and the KH and GH will naturally go up. I do this for water changes on my larger tank. No Co2 required, but I did build a little reactor to speed up the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawaeater View Post
    If you wanna go the cheap route, you can also just let a bag of aragonite (crushed coral) sit in a bucket of RO or distilled water for a few days and the KH and GH will naturally go up. I do this for water changes on my larger tank. No Co2 required, but I did build a little reactor to speed up the process.
    I was going to set up a tank and place some aragonite/crushed coral in media bag and stick it inside canister filter and run that for a couple of months to see how much buffering as well so I donít have to mess around with salts too much to maintain water parameters. Again, I am certainly open to suggestions/feed back as to how best approach this and get it as good as possible before I add Sulawesi shrimps (Cardinal).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redleg View Post
    I was going to set up a tank and place some aragonite/crushed coral in media bag and stick it inside canister filter and run that for a couple of months to see how much buffering as well so I donít have to mess around with salts too much to maintain water parameters. Again, I am certainly open to suggestions/feed back as to how best approach this and get it as good as possible before I add Sulawesi shrimps (Cardinal).
    Did that in my previous tank and with tap water. The shrimp did well after the initial die off from a group buy years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawaeater View Post
    If you wanna go the cheap route, you can also just let a bag of aragonite (crushed coral) sit in a bucket of RO or distilled water for a few days and the KH and GH will naturally go up. I do this for water changes on my larger tank. No Co2 required, but I did build a little reactor to speed up the process.
    not worth the hassle when there are proven products out there that do this for reasonably cheap without any worries.

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