Emergency: Shrimp Tank!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by Guanchy, Apr 17, 2019 at 12:48 PM.

  1. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

    my wife decided to kill a spider that was next to the tank by spraying some insect killer spray and yup some of the spray went into the tank and she just counted 30 dead shrimps and a lot of them gasping for air on the surface.

    i guided her on how to do a water change over the phone. i told her to change about 60% of the water, added prime and stress coat.

    is there anything else i can have her do? i dont get home from work until 5pm so there is not much i can do from work.

    so upset about this, my shrimp tank has been thriving and doing so well. i went from having 5 shrimps for a few months to them breeding out of the blue and now i had over 50 shrimps in there.
  2. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Sorry to hear mate.
    Maybe aerate ?

  3. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

    i will add an airstone as soon as i get home.

  4. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Be sure there isn't any spray hanging around.

  5. blue velvet keeperWell Known MemberMember

  6. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

  7. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

  8. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Unfortunately, that insecticide she used is going to be extremely effective against invertebrates, you may have some luck with a water change and as DoubleDutch said, aerate.

    I am sorry to hear about this.
  9. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

    yeah man more than half of the shrimps are gone. The snail are surprisingly ok so far
  10. Ohio MarkWell Known MemberMember

    Oh no!!!!! So sorry to hear about this!! Keep us posted!
  11. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    This is sad it sounds as if the spray as mixed with the water and made it highly toxic a big water change is a must if they are still dying as much as 80% this in itself can cause a problem so do it slow if the shrimp are looking a bit better and losses are down then I'd look at 50% but much slower, as mentioned air stone I do wonder if hydrogen peroxide would help dissipate the cleaner, it's a long shot and I've not known it being tested on something like this, but if theres still a problem 24hrs after the water change I'd consider it a go in a small dose like 1mil to 8 ltr but let me check the dose before and if you want to try it
  12. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Maybe we should learn to love spiders.
    There are two (male / female) living in my house. Hunting for all kind if buggers (flies, mosquitos, smaller spiders, etc.....).
    No insecticides in my house.

    Hoping some shrimp will survive amd will have shrimplets soon.
  13. blue velvet keeperWell Known MemberMember

    that is a shame i would move them to a quarintine tank almoste immidiatly

    edit: didn't you say they also just started breeding?
  14. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

    i can try to do that as soon as i get home, my wife wont be able to go in there and catch all those shrimps. They didnt just started breeding, i meant it took them a while to start breeding and now they have been breeding for a few, and this just happens
  15. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks Richie, always so helpful.

    personally love spiders, my wife on the other hand panics every time she sees one
  16. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    Didn't realise you had a separate tank best and quickest way to catch then is use z 1/2"tube and siphon into a bucket then tip them into a net you'll save tons of time
  17. GuanchyWell Known MemberMember

    Just got home and as expected, no one shrimp left! So upset right now
  18. SuperD14Valued MemberMember

    I’m sorry for your loss, sometimes these things happen, likely for a reason too.
  19. Skullkong101Valued MemberMember

    Very sad to hear lad. I would be devastated if I were you. Well all you can really do is clean out the spray and start again.
  20. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    I'm so sorry butty I hope someone over there as I would do over here is help and donate a few to get you back UK and running , I honestly feel for you as I've watched you develop into a good shrimper from the start

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