Amano Molting Problems?

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My oldest and largest Amano shrimp... is this usual for a molt the ususual white area... think it will have problems? Or has it molted an incomplete molt?
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I don’t keep Amanos but that doesn’t look good, hope our shrimp keepers can throw some light on what’s happening today.
 
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Thank you Carodee, my largest Amano did indeed molt and is appears to be fine!
 

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Elkwatcher said:
Thank you Carodee, my largest Amano did indeed molt and is appears to be fine!
Ok. The looks similar to the white ring of death on cherry shrimp. I'm glad the shrimp made it. My amano have been thriving in 8.0 ph, high gh and high kh water for the past year. My females are almost eating size! I'm concerned your water may need some amending, but it could also be a one off thing.
 
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Wraithen said:
Ok. The looks similar to the white ring of death on cherry shrimp. I'm glad the shrimp made it. My amano have been thriving in 8.0 ph, high gh and high kh water for the past year. My females are almost eating size! I'm concerned your water may need some amending, but it could also be a one off thing.
Thank you Wraithen! I will check the perimeters and GH/KH. It is a huge Amano hitting 1 1/2 inches and I'm wondering if age is catching up. Seems to have cleared the molt but is not as active this morning. The other amano's are younger, more transparent. Housed with RCS's and all others appear to be fine... but I'm going to check and will post what I find. 3 female RCS with one male and after 3 months no one's producing offspring yet.
 

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Thank you Wraithen! I will check the perimeters and GH/KH. It is a huge Amano hitting 1 1/2 inches and I'm wondering if age is catching up. Seems to have cleared the molt but is not as active this morning. The other amano's are younger, more transparent. Housed with RCS's and all others appear to be fine... but I'm going to check and will post what I find. 3 female RCS with one male and after 3 months no one's producing offspring yet.
They don't exactly seem to like the same water parameters. I could be wrong but I think amanos prefer more kh than cherries by quite a bit. I've never had luck with cherries in my 7.6 to 8.0 ph water. They slowly fade away in number. I haven't lost an amano yet. I just get minI heart attacks when they molt since it looks like a decaying entire shrimp. Sometimes I have to move the shell to see that it is indeed empty and has a tear along the back.
 
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Wraithen PH 7.2-7.6 0ammonia, 0nitrite, 5-10ppm Nitrates.
KH:4 GH: 6 No way to test for TDS. I'm thinking everything is ok for both, but I did make one change today.. moved them all into an established planted 10 gallon from the 29 gallon to be a shrimp only tank now. My next concern was if they might be eating food for the Cory's and Ember Tetra's that contain trace copper. That fixes that possibility as they are fed with food specially for Shrimp only. They are all molting like crazy so all must be well.

Example Cherry Shrimp Ideal Parameters:
PH: 6.4–7.6, KH: 2–5, GH: 6–8
TDS: 150–250 Water temp: 69-74F

Example Amano Shrimp Ideal Parameters
PH Range: 6.5 – 8.0
Temperature Range: 70 – 80 F
GH Range: 5-15
KH Range: 1-10
TDS Range: 80-450

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Looks good then. Maybe I just am not so lucky with the cherries lol.
 

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