06-22-2006, 04:18 AM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Devon, England
Originally Posted by abnormalsanon
I have some cherry shrimp on the way (in the mail) and was planning to add them to my 30gal tank. However, I've been reading up more and finding that nitrates are a big problem with these guys. I wish I'd read that before I ordered...
My tap water has 20ppm nitrates to begin with, and though I do weekly 50% water changes, the nitrates are still around 40ppm a day or two after a big water change. This doesn't seem to bother my other fish and my plants are happily pearling, but I'm very worried about the cherry shrimp being added.
Since it's my tap water, I assume my only option would be to do partial water changes with bottled water. I have an RO filter, but in another thread, no one could come to consensus on whether or not this would actually reduce/eliminate nitrates.
Personally I wouldn't worry about it. I find cherries to be alot hardier than some people think. I have some in my planted tank and use EI as my fertilising routine. My nitrates are often quite high and 30ppm is not out of the question. They have never been adversely effeted even when I was adding KN03 powder direct to the tank and my levels were even higher than they are now.
If they have come from very low nitrate levels then they may be shocked by the initial high levels but they soon adjust.
Hope this helps