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Old 05-31-2015, 03:23 AM   #1
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Dying cherry shrimp

In my current set up I have cherry shrimp and cherry shrimp. Also have panda loaches. In the last three days I have lost about a half a dozen cherry shrimp. The fish and crystal shrimp are fine.

Ph is stable at 7.1
Ammonia and nitrite are zero and nitrates are about 10ppm

Temp is at 70. I know cherrys like it a bit warmer but untill past few days they been doing find. Had them at this temp for over three months.

Did notice a ton of shredded shells in tank. More then usual. Could this be a hardmess issue. Any other ideals




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Forgot to add that all the dead were adults. Juveniles and babies seem fine but could be that cause they are smaller I am not finding bodies


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Temp is fine for RCS so as you haven't had problems before I would check Gh and Kh. Gh should be 4-14 degrees and Kh 0-10 degrees. I keep mine at 6dGh and 6dKh but stability is the key. Adults quite often die from shedding problems but also they don't have a terrifically long life. Mine are in an community aquarium, 78f, and their life span is shortened but they have bred like mad. Shrimps are quite carnivorous and I rarely find a dead shrimp although I've seen a few being devoured by a 'pack' of other shrimp. They also eat the shedded shells to recover the calcium, so don't remove them.


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These were def dead shrimp. Dying has stopped. Did a few giant wcs. Only thing I can think of is I used some bugspray in a dif room. Maybe some residue made it too tank


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Good theory about the bug spray, it's banned in my home.


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