Shrimp keep dying??

  1. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

  2. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    What fish are in the tank?

    Ghost shrimp often aren't hardy, but Amano shrimp aren't as fragile as they are. How did you acclimate them?
     

  3. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    ..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 Fishlore VIP Member

    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.
     

  5. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

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

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

    I've had fish in there for 8+ months
     

  8. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    And they just started dying now?
     
  9. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

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

    W
    what do they look like when they die?
     

  11. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    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)
     
  12. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

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

    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 Fishlore VIP Member

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

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

    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.
     
  17. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    I add Stress coat after I put it in, I didn't even think about the metals though
     
  18. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    It turns out I still have 2 baby ghost shrimp instead of 1, but still only 1 Amano
     
  19. FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

    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 Fishlore VIP Member

    yes the amano do eat algae just not the ghost shrimp