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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 02:38 AM
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All food has copper, all ferts have copper, it's not trace copper killing them.

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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 02:48 AM
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Yeah trace amounts won't hurt them and are actually needed by them. It's heavier sources of copper you want to be mindful of. But since you're worried about them being opaque, that's a non issue I just read it as 'cloudy' for some reason. As for the death and possible other death, that's really to be expected anytime you introduce them into a new environment. Sometimes you luck out with no deaths but sometimes they just die. I wouldn't sweat it too much
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I dose flourish comp. in my tank and havent had any problems.

Could you be talking about the difference between males and females? Females are more opaque/darker colored than males. Males are more translucent.
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post #20 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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yeah I was just overreacting and I kept doing the water tests wrong. Thanks everyone for your help! All the shrimp are acting normal tonight and I will try to stop fussing with them.
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just updated the op. the shrimp are dying off. BOO!
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i lost 4 in one night i thought it was the co2 i added now i'm thinking the moving around of everything.. i did a 25% water change, and cleaned my filter and added purgen and it seems to have stopped the die off... course i also added MAJOR air..

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Hmm..I don't have an air stone in there right now. I figured I didn't need it with the filter and plants but maybe I should put it back in.
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Yeah not much you can do when this happens. Too many variables. At this point just stop everything and either they survive or they dont. By you messing with everything so much it makes it even worse.

Shrimp are fickle.

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The other two were gone when i woke up this morning =/ I thought RCS were supposed to be super hardy! I want to try again but I just don't know what I need to do for them to survive.
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The other two were gone when i woke up this morning =/ I thought RCS were supposed to be super hardy! I want to try again but I just don't know what I need to do for them to survive.
Normally they are super hardy. However there might have been something (you will probably never know what) in the water that killed them. What I suggest is a complete breakdown. Get rid of your old gravel/substrate and buy new. I would even recomend something different than what you have now just to be safe. Something thats known to be good shrimp substrate. Give all the plants and objects in the tank a bath of something that kills parasites and whatnot.

Re-setup the tank and wait at least 1 month with some tetras or something to let it cycle and stabilize.

Of course you can always choose to just buy new shrimp and throw them into that tank again. You may not have any problems, or they too might die on you.

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I have four CPD in there right now..Would it be ok to move them with the water and substrate into my empty 5.5g while I can clean the 10g? I don't want to stress them. Do you have any substrate suggestions? I'm using Eco-Complete and white sand now. I've been wanting to try Aqua-soil or Azoo..It will be hard to find them locally though.
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