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Old 07-04-2004, 02:57 AM   #1
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Shrimp Deaths and Question

I've had a fish only tank for about 4 months and then added a cleaner shrimp and a blood shrimp along with some hermits and snails. The cleaner shrimp died about three weeks later. My blood shrimp lasted a bit longer, about 6 weeks. I check the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH levels every week and do weekly 10% water changes with natural seawater. All levels are always at zero except for nitrates which never get above about 15mg/L. Is this level too high for shrimp? All of my fish and hermits seem to be doing great! Is there something else I am not checking that could be a problem for shrimp? My system consists of a 200 gal tank with overflows down to a wet/dry. I never did find the cleaner shrimp, but I did see the blood shrimp postmortum. It looked as if nothing was wrong with it. Looked completely normal, except for being dead. One other thing I noticed prior to both of them dying was that their behavior changed. They both were hanging out in a totally different spot than they normally did and were acting strange, kind of just sitting there. What could be causing this?
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how are acclimating them?? need to go very slow with them
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I thought that if acclimation was a problem, the symptoms would show up a lot sooner than six weeks later. Especially considering how healthy the seemed right before their deaths. In both cases the day before they died, both were eating from my hand vigorously, virtually attacked my hand for the food!
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Old 07-05-2004, 03:44 AM   #4
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Hi there. What exactly are your water parameters? SG, PH, etc.?
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were are you getting the natural sea water from ??
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Are you sure they haven't just molted? When they go through this process there will be a ghost-looking replica of their bodies left behind. Just a thought...
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Old 07-05-2004, 12:35 PM   #7
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I keep my SG at 1.023-1.024, pH at 8.2, temp at 79, other water quality parameters are listed in my original post. I live in San Diego and I get my natural seawater from Scripps Institute of Oceanography. They have a public access seawater tap that draws from 3/4 mile offshore in an underwater canyon, then it goes through a sand filter, then through a 0.2 micron fiber filter. Everything else in my tank is doing just fine. I can't understand it. It is definately not a molt. The blood shrimp had molted several times before this. Plus, I did take the body out and examine it. By the way Scuba Steve, where did you get that heinous picture? Is that Scott Baio's roommate from "Charles in Charge"???
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By the way Scuba Steve, where did you get that heinous picture? Is that Scott Baio's roommate from "Charles in Charge"???

I actually thought that was Steve.
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Old 07-05-2004, 04:26 PM   #9
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Do you add any chems to the water? If so, how often and what kind?

Do you know the alk/Ca?

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lol not sure if its his roommate or not but do you remember greatest american hero !! that was the site i got it from heheh one of the worst shows of the 80's so i thought it was funny
heheh did ya really 2cent thats even funnier hehehe
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