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Old 06-08-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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peppermint goes boom

bought a peppermint and within a week found him floatin around dead...everything else in tank is fine including my red star...what could have happened???
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I haven't had luck with peppermints either. First 2 died within days, and the 3rd one, I assumed died, but then I found it 6 months (!!) later under a rock when I was moving my tank.
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How did you acclimate him and what are your water parameters?
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Are you sure it is not the molt? They look like the real thing. It fooled me a few times.
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melosu makes a good point. the molts of both shrimp and crabs look very much like the real thing. however, i have also not had much luck with peppermint shrimp. i currently have a skunk cleaner shrimp that is probably less than a year-old, but undoubtedly the longest lived shrimp i have had thus far. i tend to have better luck with the skunk cleaners than the peppermints.
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Old 07-07-2007, 07:44 PM   #6
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Yah, the molts fool me. I have had my peppermint shrimp for quite a while and he is as happy as he can be. When I feed my fish my cleaner and peppermint shrimp come up to the top and get some food 2. I had some bad luck with Blood shrimp. first 1 lived for 3 weeks and second 1 lived for 2 days. Parameters were set on the line but it was unexplainable mystery.
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I too thought a peppermint shrimp had died on me. The molt led me to this conclusion. I have two and only saw one for about a month. About a week ago I saw both at the same time and was happy both are still alive.
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