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Old 05-21-2005, 12:36 PM   #11
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check your nitrates often. add iodide so they can molt.
NO3 can be an issue with inverts. I would be very leary of adding iodine unless you are testing for it. Some invets do require this in small amounts to promot molting but regular and frequent water changes can keep levels up where they need to be. It is not good practice to add anything to your tank that you do not test for.
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Just to throw in my 2 cents worth here. It's due to acclimation. I killed my first 2 peppermint shrimps by only acclimating for just over an hour. After , what I thought was a good enough time for acclimation, my shrimps died in 2 hours. All water params were perfect. I went back to the LFS and purchased 2 more shrimp.
But, this time I acclimated them with a slow drip for 4 hours. This was 2 months ago and my shrimp are still fine to this day!
Inverts are very sensitive to salinity changes, especially rapid ones in my case. I tested the LFS water with the shrimps in it, the SG was 1.020. My tank is at 1.025. The slow drip and acclimation took four hours cause I wanted the water the shrimp were in to match the exact temperature and SG of my tank.

4 hours may seem a bit excessive, but I didn't want to do another 3 hour round trip to my closest not so Local Fish Store!

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good call, lando -- thanks.

sorry to hear about the shrimp. i'm concerned about my fire shrimp too but he's hanging in there just fine.

my aquarium guy says that they either last or just don't. i've been feeding a variety of foods and he seems to steal all of them....pretty comical, he'll sneak out and snag them from the fish and go hide....get a kick out of it.

get another one soon -- Smo's gig is good too. think that i drip acclimated mine. want to get a starfish but afraid this will happen.
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