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Old 06-23-2011, 04:44 AM   #1
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Cleaner Shrimp

I had another thread but I'm afraid no one would see it and try to help. Here is the old thread but I will give you a quick recap.

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Okay, so I had one cleaner shrimp that lasted 8 hours. I explained what had happened to the LFS and they tested my water, said it was perfect and replaced it, that was today. New cleaner shrimp lasted about 8 hours, dead in the bottom, I tried feeding it off my finger and it took the food but dropped it after picking at it. My water is 1.024 salt, 0 ammonia, 0 trite, 5 trate, 79F, pH 8.5 or so.

I acclimated it just as told: float for 25 min or so, slowly put in some of my water, wait, more water, wait, more water, wait. Didn't help. I haven't check copper but I've never used any meds at all. My crabs seem to be fine as well as all other fishies. What's going on and what am I doing wrong?
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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newbie here but here it goes.

you should drip method at least 2 hours for inverts. Your trates are low but I always heard for inverts it should be 0 or near 0. LFS and others told me 20 nitrates was okay but eh, if youre looking for a problem then i'll suggest that one
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Trying my third and final one today................
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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I've never really acclimated anything.... Lol. The only thing I've done was put the bag in the water so that they would be the same temp, but that's it. I just drop them in. Of course though, I'm going to drip acclimate my next fishes because now I now.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:49 PM   #5
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To acclimate, test the pH from the bag of store water, test your tank pH, set the drip to drip a few drops a second. It should take an hour or two if the pH is not off by that much, but longer if it is way off from yours. Test the pH after an hour, how does it match up? When my pHs are the same, I add the livestock. After the water gets double, dump half out (at no time does any of this water go in your tank). Then do that again and again as needed until the pH's are the same. Has worked great for me.
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My guess to your invert deaths is pH shock. Your pH is a little high to begin with. Try to be 8.1-8.4. While your shrimp is floating in the bag, the oxygen in the bag is depleting, ammonia rises, pH decreases. I don't think it would be enough time to drop it dramatically. But let's say your LFS has their pH at 8.2-8.3. By the time your shrimp makes it into the tank the pH couldve dropped to 8.1-8.2ish. And yours is at 8.5. That's a pretty big difference. Lower your pH first to 8.3ish and after that try another one. Then if that one dies, I was wrong.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:26 PM   #7
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Well I already put one in the tank. I did it over 2.5 hrs using a syringe to slowly put water into the bag. It's hanging out on the filter intake now.
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I always give shrimp 2 hours at least, even peppermints. lol They are very sensitive
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I'm assuming he's eating on the filter intake?! He's not stuck, I cut the filter power for a second to make sure.
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Best of luck man! I'm rooting for the little guy.
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