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Old 05-09-2011, 09:30 PM   #1
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Shrimp Death

My second attempt at trying to acclimate shrimp to my aquarium had the exact same result as my first attempt. After countless tests of the water and the discovery of 0 metals in my water as well as proper ph and salt levels i decided to get another shrimp this time the more expensive hardier, cleaner shrimp. i acclimate d him for 2 hours to be safe slowly removing the lfs water and adding my tank water and the same result happened, death after 2 minutes of being in my tank. Whats the deal with shrimp ? my tank has all the proper level i acclimate them in an almost textbook fashion and they still die. Waste of money perhaps? please help me i find this very depressing that i cannot keep shrimp.
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My second attempt at trying to acclimate shrimp to my aquarium had the exact same result as my first attempt. After countless tests of the water and the discovery of 0 metals in my water as well as proper ph and salt levels i decided to get another shrimp this time the more expensive hardier, cleaner shrimp. i acclimate d him for 2 hours to be safe slowly removing the lfs water and adding my tank water and the same result happened, death after 2 minutes of being in my tank. Whats the deal with shrimp ? my tank has all the proper level i acclimate them in an almost textbook fashion and they still die. Waste of money perhaps? please help me i find this very depressing that i cannot keep shrimp.
Hmm be helpful if u can give us ur water parameters such as ammonia nitrite and nitrate. And a pic of ur tank?
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by proper levels i mean
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate - 0
Ammonia- 0
Copper- 0
PH- 8.1
Salt - 1.023
Tank 30 gallon
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by proper levels i mean
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate - 0
Ammonia- 0
Copper- 0
PH- 8.1
Salt - 1.023
Tank 30 gallon
Y is ur nitrate 0. Hmm do u have any other inhabitants?
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:33 PM   #5
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by proper levels i mean
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate - 0
Ammonia- 0
Copper- 0
PH- 8.1
Salt - 1.023
Tank 30 gallon
I have a cleaner shrimp and my nitrates are pretty consistently 20.
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Are you sure it's dead? I recently added a cleaner shrimp to my tank along with an existing fire shrimp. The next morning I saw a carcass, antenna and all. Saw him later in between rocks, he had molted as soon as he hit the tank!
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Yes, that happened to me too. We were all upset about the "death" of our shrimp.
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no luck on the molt he was legit dead within minutes after a long acclimation period ima take him back this time and hopefully get refunded =) thanks for all your help. i think im done with shrimp lol
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After I'm done acclimating I put my shrimp in a baggy floating in the tank before I put them in the tank. That way they aren't so surprised when they go in. It also tells you if something is in the mood for some live shrimp.

You sure nothing in the tank killed it?
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The only thing that jumps out to me is the 1.023 salinity. Inverts usually do best in salinity of 1.025-1.0267 (natural sea water salinity). Inverts do not have the ability to regulate the salt content in their bodies, so if the osmotic pressure is too different, it can be fatal.
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