Shrimp keep dying??

Discussion in 'Ghost Shrimp' started by FallenOwl, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    I have a 29g tank with 1DG, 1nerite snail
    Plants- marmio moss ball (5), Amazon sword?
    Tank parameters-
    7.4 pH
    0 ammonia
    0 nitrite
    0 nitrate

    I started with 3 ghost shrimp, 3 Amano shrimp
    2 of each have died. I now only have 1 ghost, 1 amano. Its been two weeks sense I put them in.
    I'm 99% certain the DG had nothing to do with their deaths
     
  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    ..A DG as I already posted, that's it.
    Two weeks ago, I let them sit in the bag, in my tank for 20-25 mins, then netted them out of the bag into my tank.
    Then I added some stress coat.
    Was that wrong?, should I have done it differently?
    Also, there is no salt in my tank
     




  4. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    Your tank isn't cycled.
    Edit: you shouldn't net them out after 20 mins. Add alittle water to the bag each 20 mins for a hour to an hour and a half.
     




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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    My tank has been running for 9+ months, how is it not cycled?
     
  6. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    Your nitrates should be higher than 0. Have you had the fish in there for 9 months?
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    I've had fish in there for 8+ months
     
  8. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    And they just started dying now?
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Just the shrimp I put in 2 weeks ago
     
  10. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    W
    what do they look like when they die?
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Pink(ish), and curled up(very slightly)

    Also, I use well water to refill my tank after a PWC (didn't know if that mattered or not)
     
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  12. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    That should be fine. Are you feeding them or leaving any pellets in at night?
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, I make sure at least 1 betta pellet and a few small fish flakes made it to the bottom for each, they didn't starve. There is also plenty of algae for them to eat.
     
  14. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    They don't eat algae. They are scavengers and will eat anything mainly. How are you testing the water?
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    With a liquid water testing kit (I can post a pic if needed)
     
  16. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Amano shrimp do eat algae (they're good algae eaters).

    I'd blame the poor acclimation.

    Do you treat your well water before you put it in? While it may not have chlorine, it can have metals.
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    I add Stress coat after I put it in, I didn't even think about the metals though
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    It turns out I still have 2 baby ghost shrimp instead of 1, but still only 1 Amano
     
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    FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, so I re-tested my water thinking maybe I just messed something up, and it turns out I did. I didn't wait long enough. The actual nitrate reading is about 5.0
     
  20. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    yes the amano do eat algae just not the ghost shrimp
     




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