Molting shrimp and seachem flourish question!

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Hey everyone

Is there any way to tell if my fan shrimp need to molt or are about to molt? And is there anything I should do to help them/make them more comfortable during/after a molt?

Also, I have just purchased some seachem flourish (comprehensive) and I am trying to find out if the first dose should be larger than the regular dosage amount? I read somewhere that when you first use it the dosage should be much larger then go to your regular dosage but I can’t seem to find out how much to dose the first use??

And finally - anyone have any tips for keeping the tank from over-heating during a heatwave? I have been floating ice bags but they don’t last long :(

Thanks!
 

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The best way to lower tank temp is surface agitation. Cooling fans help a ton. If it’s really bad, you could invest in a chiller

As for seachem flourish, I’ve used it in tanks with amano shrimp, cherry shrimp, and a dwarf crayfish. No adverse affects on adult shrimp, shrimplets, or the crayfish, and I’ve had successful molts among all of them.

As for the first dose being more, I would just do a normal dose. You can do it once or twice a week, so I guess for the first few weeks you could do twice a week, then resume once a week.

As for knowing when a shrimp will molt, the shrimp may start to hide or show a decrease in activity.
 
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Crimson_687 said:
The best way to lower tank temp is surface agitation. Cooling fans help a ton. If it’s really bad, you could invest in a chiller

As for seachem flourish, I’ve used it in tanks with amano shrimp, cherry shrimp, and a dwarf crayfish. No adverse affects on adult shrimp, shrimplets, or the crayfish, and I’ve had successful molts among all of them.

As for the first dose being more, I would just do a normal dose. You can do it once or twice a week, so I guess for the first few weeks you could do twice a week, then resume once a week.

As for knowing when a shrimp will molt, the shrimp may start to hide or show a decrease in activity.
Thank you so much for your answers! Really appreciate it! :)

I’m in the UK, usually it is freezing and raining but we seem to be having a little heatwave at the moment and I’m trying to keep my tank from getting too hot! It’s new territory :joyful:
 

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CorydorasCats said:
Thank you so much for your answers! Really appreciate it! :)

I’m in the UK, usually it is freezing and raining but we seem to be having a little heatwave at the moment and I’m trying to keep my tank from getting too hot! It’s new territory :joyful:
Where I live the tank hits 80 on its own during the summer, but never higher than 82 as far as I’ve seen. One thing that helps a ton is tank placement. Larger/open rooms, like a living room or front room, have a more stable temperature and are generally cooler than smaller/closed rooms, like bedrooms, which tend to change a lot in temperature and are warmer. I tried keeping a nightstand tank and gave up very quickly for this reason. It depends on your house tho.
 
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Crimson_687 said:
Where I live the tank hits 80 on its own during the summer, but never higher than 82 as far as I’ve seen. One thing that helps a ton is tank placement. Larger/open rooms, like a living room or front room, have a more stable temperature and are generally cooler than smaller/closed rooms, like bedrooms, which tend to change a lot in temperature and are warmer. I tried keeping a nightstand tank and gave up very quickly for this reason. It depends on your house tho.
Yeah my tank is in my bedroom I am counting down the days til I move out & can do what I want! :rolleyes: (Bigger tank!) It’s not ideal the room gets so hot but I am keeping an eye on it and it hasn’t gotten above 82 as I’m floating ice bags which lower it about a degree but doesn’t last long!

My poor dog is also suffering! Us brits moan when it’s cold and moan when it’s too hot :hilarious:
 
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richiep said:
Get yourself these fans i had mine ftom Allpond solutions UK
Ooh they are cool! I will have a look, that’s where I got my filter from :)

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Depending on the tank size you get fans from a single up to a block of 6 and they do a great job
 

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