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Old 07-01-2004, 08:33 PM   #1
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Shrimps

Could someone please give me some advice on keeping shrimps. I've lost both of my cleaner shrimps (approx 6 weeks apart, the last one died 2 weeks ago) since I put them in a few months ago, and it looks like my fire shrimp has almost had it too.

Temp is 28°C, pH is 8.3, SG is 1.023, amm/trite/trate are 0, CH is 10, and I use RO'd water with a TDS reading of 2 - 14ppm (depending on containers etc.).

My tank is 35 gal, with 2" live sand, quite a lot of rock (which will now be live), 2 powerheads and an Eheim external canister wet/dry filter. I feed frozen mysis/gamma/brineshrimp and veggies once a day, which I would've thought would have got to the bottom for my shrimps. Maybe they weren't getting enough food? Although I tried to see if they were and they seemed to get a big piece every couple of days, and also pottering around on the rocks etc. during the day.

They all molted approx every 2 - 3 weeks.

Can anyone suggest anything? It's pretty disheartening when your new friends die on you for no apparent reason.
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What is CH?

Molting every 2 weeks is a bit excessive. Your not dosing iodine by any chance are you? When you say your feeding veggies what do you mean? YOur temp is a bit high at 82.4F so if you could notch it back to 27C.
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Old 07-02-2004, 03:13 AM   #3
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I wish I could help, but my shrimp are like the rocks in my tank. Always there and fine. My temp is around 82-84 and I don't supplement anything. They seem to molt about once a month or so. What else is in your tank? Might be someone picking on them. Only real tidbit I have is that the plural of shrimp is shrimp, not shrimps
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CH, Carbonate Hardness. I'm not dosing iodine - I use a mixture of 4 frozen cubes, one is green "sea veggies", seaweed I guess.

I'm finding it difficult to get back to 27°C, it's between 27.4 and 28.1°C recently.

I did think that molting every 2 weeks was bad.

There's nothing picking on them.

EDIT: I've just lost my Fire Shrimp too!
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Old 07-02-2004, 04:27 PM   #5
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Is that more than one fire shrimp or multiple fire shrimp?...
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Old 07-02-2004, 04:43 PM   #6
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:p

Easier to say shrimps, is it not?
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The only thing I can think of is high nitrates. Have you taken a sample of water to the LFS to confirm your test results?
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My Nitrates are showing as 0 on 2 different test kits, no I haven't confirmed the results with the LFS
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Has anyone got any ideas?
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Do you ever hear clicking sounds from the tank?
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