Petco Ghost Shrimp

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by Wickette, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. WicketteValued MemberMember

    I think its fine, just looking for a little reassurance.

    I bought 6 ghost shrimp from petco put them in QT, 2 died the first week.

    I added tetras into the same QT 10 days later. Treated them with all with general cure (one showed early signs of issues), the tetras are ok. But I lose 1 ghost shrimp every 10-15 days.

    Ive read on it since, and now I know these cheap shrimp are poorly kept dont well long term. Is there any real risk putting the 2 remaining ghost shrimp and the tetras into the main tank, I presume general cure knocked out any parasites they could spread to fish?

    The shrimp seem fine, then I find an opaque white body in a corner or something.
    The QT is always cycled Ammona/Nitrite both 0 nitrate 30, pH 7.0, gh 80-100ppm. 20% water change every 5 days.
  2. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    Bacteria or parasites can be passed to fish from shrimp, it is said parasites use shrimp as hosts, but I've never come across that, if it were bacterial you'd see the infected shrimp by now especially ghost, if the body is starting to go white it could be muscular necrosis but would need a picture

    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019
  3. WicketteValued MemberMember

    ok, shrimp people, do either of these looks sick? If yes (or even maybe) should I do anything about the tetras in QT with them (they dont seem sick)
  4. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    They both look fine to me
  5. WicketteValued MemberMember

    Im sure one will die by this weekend. Thats the trend, one acts reclusive for a few days then i find it corpse, almost entirely white.

    The shrimp and the glowlight tetras QT'ed with them were meant to go in my wifes 40g betta tank.
    Aside from that betta being really pricey. Shes very attached to him. I wont move the shrimp at all.
    If there is a good chance the tetras are carrying a deadly pathogen from the shrimp. I wont move them either.

    The tetras have been in QT almost 4 weeks.The shrimp have been there 7weeks (I think). Started with 6, down to 2 shrimp.
  6. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    7 weeks should have shown something looking at the perameters again you do have high nitraits of 30 which is not good for shrimp they are best at 5 but I have seen 15, hows the perameters in the tank you wanted to put them in. The opaque shell could be sign shes going to moult, if the moult fails I'd bd looking again at nitraits
  7. WicketteValued MemberMember

    My water comes out of the tap at 40ppm nitrates. Ive got a whole weird setup in the basement to get it down to 30. Because Im so lucky, not only do I have high nitrates, my water is a little harder than ideal, but kH is 30ppm. I tried RO and DI water. Even 50% mixed with 50% tap causes the pH to start dropping in a few days.
    So I stick to hardy species, except for these shrimp which my wife wanted, I know almost nothing about inverts. If the shrimp cant thrive in 30ppm nitrates then I just cant have them.
  8. richie.pWell Known MemberMember

    The only way it looks like for you to keep invert is reminerilise RO water, or as you started mixing RO water with tap water, once its stable you'll get to understand the mix with bought RO water and tap water, option two go full ro water and reminerilise to whats needed, it can be done
  9. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    This is why I stopped buying from chain petstores. I bought 8 guppies last year and she gave me a extra one just in case one died on the way home. Like she admitted on the 15min drive home then wouldn't survive. Well with in 5 days I lost all but 2. All for different reasons, as well this made me question whether the last two were safe to add to the tank. I checked over the last two after 2 weeks and added them. One year later only one of them is still living. Its really a hit or miss when buying from chain petstores.