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Red cherry shrimp established colony move to bigger tank Q?

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greencanvasinteriorscape Level 4 Member
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I was given a colony of 40 + red cherry shrimp in a two gallon planted glass urn with a lid and a sponge filter and all I've done is feed them for about 6 months barely have had to top off the water with the glass lid that it has, but I have located a much larger cylinder vase that I'd like to move them into and I'm hearing many things about them being susceptible to change, what might I do to facilitate a non-fatal move for these guys?
Thanks in advance!
Alan

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Cherry shrimp are pretty tough once they get established, so I wouldn't worry too much.

That said, if all you have been doing is replacing evaporated water with fresh top-offs you may want to get a TDS meter and start slowly implementing water changes into your routine. If you only top-off evaporated water, whatever is dissolved in the water will keep on accumulating into higher and higher concentrations.

If and when you do move them to a larger vessel, don't add any more water volume right away or the rapid change in TDS could cause problems. I would suggest measuring the TDS currently in the vase and comparing that with your tap water (or whatever it is you use for water changes.) If there is a large discrepancy between the two, start by removing a small amount of water and replacing it with a little bit more than you remove, and repeat the process until you eventually fill up the larger tank to capacity over the course of a few weeks.

greencanvasinteriorscape Level 4 Member
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Good advice, because of the lid it hasn't needed much topping off, but I'll check the tds, where can I get one? Hydroponic store?
Thanks

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Thanks for the home depot tip


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