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Old 02-02-2014, 12:40 AM   #1
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Peppermint shrimp mystery death

Hi AA, I don't know which category to post is in, so here it is. This morning, I found my one peppermint shrimp dead in my 3G pico :'( . I have no idea how he could have died. My small hermit is very peaceful, and has been around the same spot for a couple day, so I know he isn't a suspect. All my corals are healthy, and my other cleaner shrimp is happy as well. My params are fine, but there is some nitrate (~15.) Also, he was completely intact, with no indication of an attack. One last thing: I've had him for two weeks, and he's been completely happy the whole time.

My question is, how could he have died? Also, if I get another peppermint, will it be ok? Thanks for any help!
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:45 AM   #2
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It is hit and miss with inverts. Sometimes they just don't make it and if your water params are good then it was probably a random death. I would do a water change just in case and you should be fine to add another one.
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I have just lost cleaning shrimp? It has been with me about 18months. Do you know how Long they normally live?
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It varies I believe they can last up to 4 years.
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Make sure your iodine levels are good, too. Quality salt mix should keep this in good shape, but it's a good idea to check just on case. Some corals could use it up. The shrimp need this in order to molt. Without it, an unsuccessful molt could result in a death.
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Thanks guys for your responses, I'll check the iodine levels. My skunk cleaner shrimp died a day later, and I have no idea why. I'll check iodine and get back to you...
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