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Old 12-17-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp Q

I recently tried adding a Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp to my tank and it died. I used the drip acclimation method but no good. I tried 2 more times (bought 2 more scarlets) and they both kicked the bucket. My tank has a fire shrimp and a camel shrimp as well, and all my fishes seem fine.

Anyone know what's wrong?
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:01 AM   #2
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The cleaners are highly sensitive to changes in water perameters and require high water quality. Have you checked your nitrates, ammonia..etc? Also how long have you had your tank up and running?
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:42 AM   #3
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I need to follow this one since I have thought about getting a cleaner shrimp.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:59 AM   #4
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I don't have the tools to check nitrate, but I figure with the camel and the fire shrimps there, it shouldn't be a problem for the scarlet.

The tank has been running for roughly 6 months.
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That's pretty odd. Most of my livestock goes through a very quick, or often non-existent aclimatization.

I know what my tank parameters are, so I usually test the water that the livestock comes in. IF the PH and salinity are close, then it's just temperature shock you really need to watch for.

Around here, the LFS are pretty good about salinity and PH. So, the specific gravity isn't usually too far off from what I have, so the aclimatization isn't too long.

I would check your own water parameters to be sure, then check that from the LFS. If they are too different then you've found your cause.
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Considering the investments you already have in your aquarium you should really consider buying at least a basic test kit, which will check ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and PH. You can buy one by API for around $20.(API Saltwater Master Test Kit)
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