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Bad Molts? Death...?

Any advice to help my RCS in molting properly. I've never had a problem since keeping this colony for the last 3 years or so, but lately I've had 2-3 deaths that look to be from a bad molt. One for sure as I stared at the little gal for 30 minutes arching her back, hoping to witness her molt. I gave up and when I came back to the tank a bit later, lo and behold there is a Cannibal Party happening in my tank. I've heard of possibly adding a smidge of iodine, thoughts on this or anything else?
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What are your water perams, including TDS?
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if water is to high in tds it can cause bad molt along with it being to low along with gh and kh being to high or low. with that said cherrys are pretty hardy and tank take a wide and i mean side range in all of those parameters. also could it have been an age related death? and if you do to many water changes and they molt to soon that can cause death from bad molts as well. could be alot of things going on but deff post all paramters and temp to start to figure out the cause
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High TDS is not that big of a factor for RCS, to low could be a issue and that is just because the GH might be 1-2 and would cause the shell on the shrimp to be to soft and not be able to molt out of it. Add some Calcium Montromilite. That should help and check the water conditons GH KH PH Nitrite Nitrate and Ammonia.

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Honestly, I'm still getting the hang of testing my water. I know that's the biggest factor and will help me understand more about what I'm doing. Thanks everyone.
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I have noticed in many threads calling for the use of montmorillonite clay (aka bentonite, koi clay). The calcium varies based upon source from 4 ppm to 23.7 ppm per teaspoon per gallon of water. There are other elements such as iron, magnesium and silica. For use with koi it helps clarify water and supposedly enhances color. Like golfers who would buy anything to reduce a stroke from their game koi enthusiasts would buy anything to enhance color. With all that said is this clay useful or a gimmick for shrimp? For openness I use the clay in my koi pond.
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High TDS is not that big of a factor for RCS, to low could be a issue and that is just because the GH might be 1-2 and would cause the shell on the shrimp to be to soft and not be able to molt out of it. Add some Calcium Montromilite. That should help and check the water conditons GH KH PH Nitrite Nitrate and Ammonia.
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