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Old 01-15-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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I don't think it is dotty. I've added several other things and she has tolerated them quite well. I've also kept the arrow crab under strict monitoring. All he has done is picking stuff of the rocks and eating it. I'll do some water changes and keep my fingers crossed.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #12
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Okay, water is changed. While I was at the lfs I accidentally got a fire shrimp. I think they felt bad as I got a good discount
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:06 AM   #13
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One water change may not have corrected the issue completely. good luck.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:27 AM   #14
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I know. I was weak :/
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:46 AM   #15
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I'd do another water change quickly and hope for the best. Good luck!
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:14 AM   #16
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Sorry to hear about your shrimp. I love mine as it has so much personality. Like yours we went with a French name, Pierre. Honestly, how to you not name a shrimp something French? Best of luck with your Fire Shrimp.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #17
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I agree with Mr_x theory that the additives are likely the cause of the problem in this case, however I would also be curious to find out how you test your salt levels - shrimps are particularly sensitive to this even though it sounds like you acclimatised him carefully. A refractometer is always the best in my opinion, a floating arm hydrometer quickly gets furred with salty deposits which effect its accuracy.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:30 PM   #18
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I use the floating arm hydrometer, but I do rinse it out quickly and about every third week I'll let it sit with a water/vinegar solution to remove any salt buildup. I also take my water to my lfs where they have a refractometer. Salinity is at 1.024 and has stayed there forever.

Anyhow, I didn't have a protein skimmer, and I don't know if that has had anything to do with what's been going on but now I've bought one. It'll be here tomorrow... at least it can't hurt to have one, right?! I've also ordered iodine, magnesium, calcium and alkalinity test kits. That way I can add what I need when I need and (hopefully) not kill anybody or anything else.

On the bright side, everybody seems to be doing great. My decorator arrow crab ate a couple big chunks of raw shrimp yesterday, my yellow watchman goby has finally moved to the front of the tank, and my fire shrimp seems to be doing great while hiding under a rock.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:28 AM   #19
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Yep a skimmer will certainly help ease maintaining your tank, good move.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:37 PM   #20
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Yeah, except now my tank looks like a snow globe... Or bubble globe I guess it will take a few days to break in the skimmer.
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