I've been toying with going to a 10 gallon Aqeuon ascent due to shrimp population currentlyI just lost a tank full of blue shrimp moving them from their 5.5 gallon tank to a new 10 gallon tank. Below is the process I used:
They've been slowly dying after the first few days. Early on I checked my parameters, and while it's difficult for me to see the subtle differences in the colors, it looked like maybe there was a little bit of ammonia and nitrites. I did 50% water changes on two consecutive days, refilling slowly and temperature matching the water. It didn't seem to make a difference. What's so puzzling is that they didn't all die at once, but it's been one or two or ten every day.
- I caught them.
- Put them in a container with water I had removed from the tank
- Moved their old tank and replaced it with the new one
- Moved most of the old substrate to the new tank
- Moved the sponge filter, plants, leaves, and light from the old tank to the new one.
- Added more of the old tank water to the new tank and filled it with new water
- Added the shrimp to the new tank. This whole process took less than a couple hours, so there should have been minimal temperature change.
I have previously set up brand new tanks with shrimp, adding plants from established tanks so there's be something for the shrimp to graze on. I lost a few, but nothing like this.
The point of all this is that if you have the room and time, I would strongly suggest setting up the new tank and letting it run for a minimum of 2 months before moving the shrimp over to it.
I'm so sad you went through this!
My current shrimp tank was a betta tank for many months before it was used for shrimp. i will definitely let a new tank age for several months before moving anyone.
I easily have 40 adults+, and 20+ juveniles. 2 pregnant females at the moment. I love watching their little feet keep the babies in place!
OP - I purchased my shrimp on ebay, 2 different sellers, so 2 different sets of genetics.
I get new babies every 4-6 weeks
I think 'Grandpa' shrimp died. He was an original ( so just nearly a year old)
dude was 2x larger than any other shrimp. Good luck.
don't clean tank every week - as soon as I stopped that, I started seeing more & more babies! I will use a turkey baster though to spot clean it.