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Old 10-12-2006, 01:06 PM   #1
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Why am I loosing my crustacians?

I have a problem I can't solve. Over the course of a few weeks I loose all shrimp and hermit crabs that I put in the tank. The tank is a 6 month old 120 gallon reef with, deep sand bed, good sump, halilde lights, cured rock, good water flow and protean skimmer. Temp stays at 80. Water quality is always good/ stable for nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, pH, salt. I do monthly water changes. The fish (tang, clown, gobi, damsels) all are rock stable and look happy. The soft corrals are doing well. Everything seems fine but slowly the shrimp and crabs disappear. Someone suggested a mantis shrimp. I haven't seen anything. No crushed shells or clicking sounds. I am ready to try a trap. Suggestions on type, bait or technique? Any other suggestions of what it might be? Thanks for any help.

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Why am I loosig my crustacians?

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Very slowly by drip over a couple of hours. They typically live for a couple/few weeks then are gone.
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I`m going to move this to appropiate forum.
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Thanks mel!
Hmmm, have you ever treated the main with copper?
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I would be interested in seeing exact readings on your water chemistry and not "fine". That makes it rather hard to help diagnose.
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never with copper. Tested for that also and it was normal.
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I agree with Hara, what are the specific number of your test results?
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If you are dosing iodide or supplements that contain iodide, this is a typical reaction of overdose.
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specific gravity- 1.022
pH 8.2-8.4
amonia- less then .25
nitrate- less then 5.0
nitrite- 0
alk- 2.5
copper- tested by my local store, "normal"


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