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Old 08-05-2009, 01:38 AM   #1
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My cleaner shrimp just died. Trying to figure out why it did. Ive only had it for 3 days. Acclimated it through drip acclimation for 2 hours when i got it. I then let it in the tank. It was very active sunday and yesterday but today it kind of just stood in the same spot most of the day. I just recently found it on its back dead. I removed it from the tank and took a look at it. Looked normal. No clue why it died. Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 10 Salt 1.023. Any ideas?
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What other inhabitants do you have in the tank? Also, how big is your tank? Give us more details about the tank so we can better diagnose the situation.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:49 AM   #3
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14 gallons. I have a nassarius snail and 3 nerite snails. 1 hermit crab.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:52 AM   #4
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temperature stays between 78-80. I have a biocube and use the stock filtration. I have a koralia nano power head, 11 lbs live rock,16lbs live sand
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Well, since all of your water parameters seem to be in check, i would have to say its a lack of iodine. Depending on what you have in the tank, like live rock and other beneficial supplements, if there was a shortage, or NO iodine then it would have died because it couldnt molt. These shrimps molt their skin, and in order to molt, they need iodine. So if you dont have things that automatically provide iodine like live rock etc.. then thats how it died. This "could" have been what caused its death. Anyone think it could be anything else??


Also, look around the tank pretty thoroughly because theres a possibility that its still alive, and what you say was its shell, in the event that it was able to molt. I know its only a 14G, but as soon as they molt they look for places to hide so they can let the now soft shell harden. So check any caves or crevasse that it may be hiding in.
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He was on his back when i found him. Maybe tried to molt and couldnt.
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Several things...

As linksyz mentioned, keep an eye peeled for him - you may have just found his molt and he's just in hiding for a couple days. I've found that shrimp often molt right after I bring them home. Molts look incredibly like the real thing. Can't tell you how many times I've thought mine has died... and it didn't. Then again... my cleaner of 3 years just DID die, and it took me several days to believe that the "body" I pulled out wasn't a molt!

If it did die, I'd put more money on the long acclimation time possibly being an issue. 2 hours for acclimation for anything is a really long time. Depending on water parameters and how long the critter has been bagged, I shoot for an acclimation period of 30-60 minutes... 60 minutes at the longest.

If you're doing normal water changes, I wouldn't suspect a shortage of iodine. Yeah... they need iodine to molt, but just about any salt mix will give you the required amount to keep healthy animals. Don't go adding iodine (or anything else for that matter) just because the bottle says your inverts need it.
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Yeah Kurt, about the iodine thing, i wasnt really sure, but i was just throwing it out there, because 1. i dont know what kind of salt mix he/she is using, and 2. because i know that shrimp die when they cant molt from the lack of iodine. So meh, just passing along some knowledge.
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My shrimp molted about 2 days after I got him and scared me to death. I saw a fully intact shell (even had color) and was wondering why he wasn't as active as he walked out from behind the rock.
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Its true, both my shrimp molted a couple of days after I got them and freaked out because their shells seem like its the shrimp itself. I have no idea why this guy would have died though. If your params are all ok then I wouldnt know what to say! Sorry and good luck!
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