All Of My Ghost Shrimp Died

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Hello everyone, I have pretty limited experience with shrimp but I have had a planted 10 gallon stocked with 8 ghost shrimp and 3 red cherry shrimp. The tank has been going for months with few issues but in the past few days my ghost shrimp population was decimated. I have no idea what the cause is as water parameters are good and my cherries are active and thriving. Any ideas if it could be a species only disease that has killed off my ghost shrimp or any ideas for what I can do to protect the remaining cherries? Any advice helps thanks
 

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At this point with no photos of the dead in the tank it would be hard to advise, a picture of your cherries may hold the answer if it's a disease that hasn't killed them off yet, you say the perameters were ok what were they as that may also help
 

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Ghost shrimp commonly end up with muscular necrosis. Did their bodies look white? More details would definitely be helpful.
 

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Ghost shrimp commonly end up with muscular necrosis. Did their bodies look white? More details would definitely be helpful.
If it is I would think the cherries will have it by now hopefully a photo will give it away
 
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At this point with no photos of the dead in the tank it would be hard to advise, a picture of your cherries may hold the answer if it's a disease that hasn't killed them off yet, you say the parameters were ok what were they as that may also help
I had to dispose of the dead ones but their flesh was pink and they were no longer transparent. Their exoskeleton also appeared white. There was no mold growing on any dead even some that had died overnight and weren't removed until the following afternoon
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Here is a good picture I got of one of the cherries. Its next to one of their molts.
Water Parameters:
nitrates: 20ppm
nitrites 0
gh 150ppm
kh 80
ph 7.5
 

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Theres no visible signs I can see but if the shrimp were going white inside then ETNsilverstar silverstar would be right but until there's signs on the cherries there's not a lot you can do, your water 7 are fine
 
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There were some individuals with white bodies but not all of the ones that died seemed to be white
 

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It is a hard one to call at the moment, how long were they in the tank and did you acclimatise them properly
 
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I have had the ghosts since January and this is the first time I have had problems with them. I got the cherries in mid march
 

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Ok so they've been In a while before they died, keep a close eye on the and post the first sign of trouble, I honestly can't advise on treatment especially as therest nothing visible to treat, if it was ammonia the others would be dead but it's worth checking
 
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richie.p said:
Ok so they've been In a while before they died, keep a close eye on the and post the first sign of trouble, I honestly can't advise on treatment especially as therest nothing visible to treat, if it was ammonia the others would be dead but it's worth checking
Found the very last one dead today. Here is a picture. Water parameters are still the same. Ammonia is in the safe range. No change in any of the cherries.
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Freshwateramateur said:
Found the very last one dead today. Here is a picture. Water parameters are still the same. Ammonia is in the safe range. No change in any of the cherries.
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sorry to hear about the ghost shrimps. Ghost shrimps are mostly sold as feeder so they are bred and kept in terrible condition and usually don't last long because they aren't the best quality.

when you say ammonia is in the safe range what do you mean? any little bit of ammonia is dangerous, only safe range is 0. Shrimps especially are very sensitive to ammonia
 

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Found the very last one dead today. Here is a picture. Water parameters are still the same. Ammonia is in the safe range. No change in any of the cherries.
Based on the picture, it looks like it might be muscular necrosis. Get it out asap (if you haven't already) and try to get a good look at it to see if it's just the shell that seems white or if it's the body. I had to pull out a ghost last night that was getting cloudy, but it's worth it if it keeps the others safe. Just keep an eye out for any signs in the other shrimp and pull them out asap if they look cloudy. I have 3 in QT now due to the cloudiness.
 

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You also need to do some daily water changes as it's been found this helps also a good air, stone as lack of oxygen is another suspect, stress brought on by ph swings should also be looked at, from the photo I agree with ETNsilverstar it looks like muscular necrosis, another sign to look for in live shrimp is it starts in the tail and moves forward through the body as the infection spreads
 
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I see. However, there are no more ghost shrimp left and all 3 cherries are very red, how would I be able to tell if they are turning white inside, I have a sponge filter in the tank currently and I will start frequent water changes
How long should I keep those up?
 

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If they all dead leave off on the water change at the moment as that can cause issues with the cherries so hang fire, if the cherries are infected you will start to see the shell change colour starting from the tail, the ones in the photos look fine, jury still out on this one and Guanchy made a valid point about the conditions they keep them in, so if you see any change post the picture asap I'm sure ETNsilverstar or myself will pick up on it or maybe one of the other shrimpers and confirm or not then start with water changes
 

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