Knowing the amount of Total Dissolved salts in the water is vital to keeping shrimps in fact any fishes . TDS, mostly bicarbonate, sodium, sulfate, and chloride )
High TDS in water affect gill and kidney functions that impact survivorship and size of fishes. . Freshwater Aquariums with high TDS will result in unsuccessful acclimation of shrimps/fish results in mortality .
The Dissolved salts in the tap water we get varies depending on the location . Knowing the TDS of water is vital to shrimp keeping ..
TDS Recommendation for
Caridina shrimps ( Crystal red shrimps , Blue bolts etc ) - 100 - 200
Neocaridina shrimp ( Red cherry , Fire red , Yellow sakura etc) - 150 - 250
Things to Consider before buying a TDS meter ..
1 - Check for Meters if it can be calibrated . - Few Low cost TDS meters will not have the option for calibration . This is vital because u never know if the TDS pens reading are accurate . The preset calibration may change due to varied factors resulting in inaccurate Reading ..
2 - Buy Meters which comes with calibration solutions --- sometimes it is very difficult to find the calibration solutions , i have faced issues with the new TDS meters not showing the measurements correctly . it is difficult to find calibration liquid. Have to roam across the scientific accessories shop to find one . .