Shrimp not feeding

What is the water volume of the tank? 10 gallons
How long has the tank been running? a year
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? yes
What is the water temperature? 74 to 73
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 2 Otos and shrimp

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? weekly
How much of the water do you change? 50%
What do you use to treat your water? Seachem Prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? both

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? yes
What do you use to test the water? APi liquid test kits
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5-10
pH: 7.6 I'll probably lower it.

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? daily
How much do you feed your fish? 2 zuchinni slices or Repashy gel food
What brand of food do you feed your fish?Repashy gel food
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? about 7 months now for the colony
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? a couple days ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? My shrimp's appetite was down from an ammonia spike
Have you started any treatment for the illness? I changed the water
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Some have white rings thought most seem healthy and normal.

Explain your emergency situation in detail. I don't know if this is an emergency. I've been comparing pictures online of different shrimp and some of my shrimp may have the white ring. The one's I mostly suspect are lesser grade so telling is harder. If they do it's very light and not apparent. I've only had one death so far to molt failure. My ammonia spike was probably due to new plants being added. To compound that I fed them some gel and they didn't eat it. I discovered later, but the damage was done. I changed 50% of the water. They've seemed to be less active in feeding once I took out some of their old java fern and added new plants in. Should I be worried? Mike can you change the name to shrimp not feeding. The white ring of death isn't my main issue. Thanks!
 
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Sorry I've only just found this thread,.
Broggy is correct 50% water changes are way to big and is part of your problem, drop them to at least 25% or even 20% if you can I only do 15%, I think your not seeing them feed because you have to much food going in, reduce this for the amount of shrimp you have, if they don't eat when you put food in don't feed them for a few days, the ammonia spike would not come from putting plants in, I suspect it may be to the amount of food you're feeding
Thanks a lot. I think this is definitely true. I upped the amount of food I was adding which was not the smartest move. The problem is already solved. I've always kept the amount of food available to 2 zuchinni slices every other day. The days in...
actually huge water changes can be the problem, it puts them into osmotic shock in extreme cases. I have had a shrimp dies from the white ring of death molting problem, consistency is every thing with shrimp, also smaller water changes.
 
actually huge water changes can be the problem, it puts them into osmotic shock in extreme cases. I have had a shrimp dies from the white ring of death molting problem, consistency is every thing with shrimp, also smaller water changes.
I took the risk of because my ammonia was at 0.25 ppm. Other wise I would only really do a 30% water change weekly. I tried feeding them and they just won't devour my offerings. The older females are the only ones I've found to feed on what I give them now. I think I'll keep things going like this. I'll get some new java moss tomorrow and more plants. I'll start dosing shrimp safe ferts. Thanks for the help. richiep When I think of shrimp I think of a good shrimp guy on the site I think of you. Any thoughts?
 
Sorry I've only just found this thread,.
Broggy is correct 50% water changes are way to big and is part of your problem, drop them to at least 25% or even 20% if you can I only do 15%, I think your not seeing them feed because you have to much food going in, reduce this for the amount of shrimp you have, if they don't eat when you put food in don't feed them for a few days, the ammonia spike would not come from putting plants in, I suspect it may be to the amount of food you're feeding
 
Sorry I've only just found this thread,.
Broggy is correct 50% water changes are way to big and is part of your problem, drop them to at least 25% or even 20% if you can I only do 15%, I think your not seeing them feed because you have to much food going in, reduce this for the amount of shrimp you have, if they don't eat when you put food in don't feed them for a few days, the ammonia spike would not come from putting plants in, I suspect it may be to the amount of food you're feeding
Thanks a lot. I think this is definitely true. I upped the amount of food I was adding which was not the smartest move. The problem is already solved. I've always kept the amount of food available to 2 zuchinni slices every other day. The days in between I'd always feed soilent green. The 2 slices have always worked, and I can't quite grasp now why I upped the zuchinni to three. My shrimp have always done best with 2 as they devour one and my Otos nibble on both. Thanks for the info about the water change thing. I didn't know they needed it to be that low. I've been upping my plant number, so I should be able to sustainably do it soon. Anyways I think things have taken a turn for the better. The shrimp have gone back to their usual routine and devoured some repashy gel the other day. I've just gotten new java moss this weekend. My fertilizer finally came in. Things are definitely looking better and I'm slowly transitioning into making the tank looks more highly aquascaped. Again thank you so much and I hope your day is amazing.
Edit: Forgot to add that sometimes I could never reach the zuchinni scraps, and I boiled them so they fell to pieces in the aquarium. Later I forgot to notice that some Repashy gel sat uneaten and rotting. Not my finest hour.
 
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