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Old 09-12-2004, 04:21 PM   #11
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Do you supplement the iodine? Many kinds of shrimp will die or even worse fall apart while still alive without good levels of iodine in their water.
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Old 09-12-2004, 04:26 PM   #12
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Oh, and my cleaners and fires eat pretty piggishly every day by stealing fishfood, I don't think overfeeding bothers them unless it fouls the water.

I had the horrific experience of a cleaner shrimp that lost all but two of its legs in a molt. Shockingly, she survived because I learned of their need for iodine supplementation and after two molts she had all of her legs back.
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Have u guy check the copper level? Cu is toxic to invert. Some old pipe contain copper.
Norm Cu is the culprit. Over dosing iodine also deadly too.


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I have no copper, because I've never dosed with it. All new equipment.

I've not been dosing iodine though - is this crucial?
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And would they last for 8 weeks without any iodine??

No-one's ever told me this!

Does iodine do anything negative to other livestock and the tank, if dosed correctly?
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Old 09-12-2004, 06:03 PM   #16
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Like most things, the Iodine topic is debatable too.

Salt mix contains the correct amount of Iodine and regular water changes will maintain good levels. Iodine is deadly if over-dosed so I personally do not think it's worth the risk, unless you have a very large number of inverts and water changes can't keep up. To make things worse, most Iodine test kits are all but impossible to use.
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lol...

I do a 20% waterchange every 2 weeks. So for iodine, perhaps thats not enough?
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Old 09-12-2004, 06:14 PM   #18
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I think it's perfectly adequate.

I really have no idea why you're having all these problems with shrimp.. usually it's acclimation that people mess up, but that wouldn't account for them living weeks and then dying.

If you go to Oasis then try a shrimp from them.. if that one doesn't make it then I guess it's just some unknown factor in your tank. I know people who have the same problem with snails.. sometimes it's just one of those things.
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If you plan to rely soley on water changes to maintain trace elements in your water you should be changing a lot more water a lot more frequently. As a person who's raised and bred cleaners, my experience shows me that the fry die within a few moltings without iodine supplementation and the adults can fall apart. It's pretty hard to OD on iodine if you use one of the pre-packaged things like the kent iodine and follow the instructions religiously. Beginners should avoid Lugol's solution as it's easy to OD.
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Another thing.. perhaps try testing your RO water for copper?
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