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Old 04-10-2006, 03:09 PM   #1
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Why did they all die?

So I got a batch of ghost shrimp the other day, to add to my breeding stock of Cherry Reds, i was going to breed them so I could feed them to my puffer fish. However of the 20 i bought, almost all of them are dead. My parameters are fine, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 7.4 pH. tank is lightly planted, and I consistently overfeed (mostly to grow the snail populatoin, not to excess that it rots in my tank).

However, all of these ghost shrimp die!

I am getting $60 worth of new breeding stock this week and I dont exactly want to see them go belly up like these guys. Any suggestions as to what else to check? I know ghost shrimp can be salt water (I orded FW, and many lived more then 48 hrs), and I know they are typically kept in poor conditions, but thesea are suposed to be the epidimy of easy shrimp to care for... how did I manage to kill them?

Oh the temp in the tank is 77F.
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What is your Nitrate reading? Ghost Shrimp are not hardy inverts. They are rather fragile. Some people find it impossible to keep them alive.
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Hmmm i tested it but cant find the card. I think it was between 5-15.
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Sometimes they are just a bad batch as well. I've seen that happen. How did you acclimate them to your tank? Did you get them from a LFS or have them ordered and shipped to you?
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