What's Wrong With My Cherry Shrimp???

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by sassymomma, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. sassymomma

    sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    I found her this morning, sort of laying on her side, looking dead. She kicks her back legs occasionally. I think she might be the one that was berried when we bought them- the other female is not acting like she's got eggs b1883a9fdbfb74916693602e4d6e3dfc.jpga5c3c83ea3b37aae0c60cae10d5c91c7.jpg

    They're in a split 5 gallon with a Betta on the other side and two dividers between them, so I can rule out attack that way. I change 25% water every 2-3 days....last one 2 day ago.(I didn't vac their side for fear of causing the berried female to drop her eggs, since she'd already gone through a move and was down to only a couple of eggs being held)Their side has the sponge filter. Parameters will take a while to edit in, I am down to one tube because I'm clumsy...temp:78 3c53659688888f77577ef96183fc700a.jpg

    Oh.... and I bought the three cherries about 4days ago

    Ammonia is 0
    Nitrite is 0
    Huh....nitrate are high for me 20ppm. I usually run closer to 10
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017
  2. AquaDud

    AquaDudValued MemberMember

    What's your pH? Cherries like more acidic water.
  3. OP

    sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Ph is 7.5

  4. sfsamm

    sfsammWell Known MemberMember

    I keep a successful breeding RCS colony at a pH 8.2

  5. OP

    sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    My son did some research and theorizes that she died giving birth

    He bought 10 more yesterday and got another who may be fertilized, though I don't see eggs yet.

    I drop acclimated over 3hours, but forgot to plug the heater back in, so this morning was 72 in the tank:/

    It will get back to 78 over the day
  6. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    You're think about crystal shrimp, cherries prefer slightly harder, alkaline water ;)

    I don't see how a shrimp could die giving birth, considering eggs are laid and hatched externally. What's your tap ph and your tank ph?
  7. OP

    sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Tank and tap ph are both a stable 7.5
  8. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Hmm it could just be one of those things you know?
  9. OP

    sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Could be

    They are new too, could just be the stress
  10. Miaw

    MiawValued MemberMember

    Can't see but did it have a clear or white line around its midsection? If so she is/was having moulting issues. They'll kick their legs trying too.

    PS she wasn't berried based on the under picture, unless she dropped all of her eggs.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  11. OP

    sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    She only had two eggs left- the rest were dropped due to stress from the move when we bought her, and then getting her settled

    My son is sure he's spotted the shrimplets, but they're so small that I can't see them, and translucent so I will have to take him at his word

    I didn't notice the line around the midsection, but it would make a bit of sense given that she seemed otherwise healthy until yesterday morning

    She died in the evening

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