Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
2 CRS deaths (Cause for panic or no?)
So yesterday I found 1 headless CRS dead in the tank so the death was probably a few days old so I thought to myself perhaps a random casualty, but today I found another shrimp on it's back so this is a recent death because it hasn't been eaten at all.
I've tested parameters:
Nitrate: 0ppm (I run Purigen and have a ton of plants in a 30gal tank with 20 shrimp with a EHEIM 2213/AC50 with a biomedia mod under the output/Seapora Sponge/External Breeder Box [that I turned into a mini filter for biomedia] for filtration so yeah)
pH: 5.5 - 6.0
Temp: 21.5 degrees Celsius = 70.7 degrees Fahrenheit
Should I be worried something I'm doing is killing my CRS or is it just possibly there time to go?
All I've done differently so far that could possibly be killing them is:
- Feed a mini spoon of Mosura BioPlus every 2 days
- Do a weekly ~ 10%WC of R/O water I obtained from a department store to lower the gH from 6 to at least 5ish and TDS to around 175 (and I tested the RO beforehand and the TDS of it is ~7)
- Dose Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Supplement (put in under 2.5mL of the stuff)
- Put in 1 API Root tab
- Dosed a small amount of prime when I dosed the ferts
I dose the ferts and prime into a breeder box so that it slowly trickles out into the tank itself and I dosed so little of the Flourish so I doubt that is the cause and I doubt macronutrients from the API root tab does anything harmful.
Am I overreacting? I have 3 berried CRS and 1 berried CBS from what I can see over the past few days and I don't want anything to happen to them, because if I get the shrimplets to hatch and survive then the 2 deaths of the adults won't be as hard of a loss.
The rest of the shrimp seem to be active by grazing the substrate and walking around.
Thanks for reading, replies (reassurances or precautions) are welcome and very much appreciated.