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Old 03-26-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Lost a Peppermint Shrimp after 3 days

Tank has been up over 4 months now, been doing RO/DI water changes, testing every week, yada yada. I don't understand why things die in my tank.

Lost a fish already, and now a peppermint shrimp. My snails, hermits, emerald crabs have been 100% fine. Some of them have been in there the entire time. Any ideas? This is so sad, thought I was doing everything right and can't even add fish or shrimp into the tank.

Temp - 77
PH - 8.4
Nitrites - 0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrates - 10
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Old 03-26-2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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Might be ur test kit giving u wrong readings. Also 8.1 - 8.3 PH is recommended. Those are the only 2 things i could think of that might have killed ur fish and shrimp

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Old 03-26-2006, 07:35 PM   #3
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The pH does seem a little high. Also, what is your specific gravity? What are you using to test it?

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Old 03-26-2006, 07:51 PM   #4
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Specific gravity is about 1.024, have a Seatest tester for this, with the lever that moves.

What can I do to lower the PH down?

Thanks so much, I'm not putting anything else in until I figure this out.
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Old 03-26-2006, 07:56 PM   #5
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OK, this is just my advice, but one idea is to take your hydrometer to your LFS and have them compare it to theirs. I have a Deep Six hydrometer, and I found that it was giving me inaccurate readings. My LFS keeps their tanks at 1.021, and my Deep Six read 1.018 in their tanks. Knowing this now, I can keep my tanks at 1.021 or 1.022 by keeping MY hydrometer in the 1.018 or 1.019 range.

If your hydrometer were off a bit, your specific gravity could be 1.026 or 1.027, which could cause you the problems. That's just one idea to rule out. I'll let someone else answer the pH question...I don't have a lot of experience playing with it.

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I think u can lower ur PH with PWC's. Do them daily til the PH is within 8.1 - 8.3
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Thanks Pkremer, I'm going to do that! Man, I hope I can fix whatever this is fast. I may even buy a new tester, have had that one for a long long time.
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I bought one hydrometer new and had another one come with the fish tank I bought, and they had seperate readings by about .04. Having one that you can rely on is critical, as I am pretty sure that shrimp are pretty sensitive to high salinity.
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how did you acclimate did your shrimp?
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:16 AM   #10
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Hydrometers can go bad. My old Seatest failed after being storage for 10 years. I bought a refractometer for $40 on the advice of this board. I also bought a new hydrometer for grins. They read the same.
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