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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Shrimp dying

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Have a one week old Walstad setup with soil. Bought some Cherry shrimps today, two minutes after they was added to the tank they was laying on their backs colorless and wayving with their legs

How sensitive is this shrimps, i have tested Ammonium, nitrates and with a drop test the readings after my skill is about zero??

Many of the shrimps is still alive now 4 hours later, but they is on their backs wayving with their legs colorless??

Need some help here please

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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 09:23 PM
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How long did you acclimate them? Sounds like they are in shock and dying
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post #3 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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I used about 40 minutes
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Did you drip acclimate or did you add small amount of water from your tank into the shrimp container every few minutes? 40 minutes might not have been long enough.
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Cherry shrimp are one of the hardiest shrimp.

1.What type of cap did you use over the soil?
2.What size bowl do you have them in?
3.What temperature is the water in the bowl?
4. How many shrimp did you buy?
5. When you were acclimating them did they show any signs of distress.

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I did not drip acclimate them, i pourd small amount of water from the tank into the shrimp bag floating int the tank water.

I have a sand cap over the soil.
I bought 11 shrimps.
One shrimp was looking destressed in the bag from the shop, it was sometimes lying on his back.
The tank have room temperature, about 21-22 degrees celsius.


I beginning to think i have killed them by acclimate the porly

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I'm curious about a sudden change in ph.

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post #8 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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A couple of shrimps that yesterday was on their backs is still on their backs one day later, but they are still alive? Same symptoms, wayving with their legs? Rest of them is dead.
If the problem is PH shock will they have survived so long? Or is this a sign of some other water problems?

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test everything for us PH GH KH ammonia Nitrite Nitrate... if there was ammonia or Nitrite they could have done that. Huge PH or KH change would do that..... Lot of factors go into it

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My friend once told me a story about some bad fish experiences because one day, he bought 2 rosy red minnows, didn't let them adjust to the temp(because he didn't know that he needed to) and he put them in the aquarium directly. In a matter of seconds, they died.
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post #11 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Tanks for all the feedback!

I have now bought 10 more shrimps, 2 shrimps was placed in separate bag and acclimised by the drip methode. They have now been acclimised for two hours and just put in to the tank, everything look good so far so i have now started aclimating the next bag with the 8 last shrimps.

I am crossing fingers

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post #12 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm, was to quick with wayving hurray, just beafore i was going to put in the last 8 shrimps i spot one of the two first on his back just like the ones beafore. I Manage to save the 8 last ones putting them in to another tank, just in the last second i think.

I think there must be something in the dirt/soil posining to the shrimps that it is not possible to measure with a standard drip test. . The plants love this tank/dirt though, growing where good.

I might just tear the whole tank down and take out the dirt and put in some cat litter instead. Then i will order some Tropica fertilizer instead of using dirt to fertilizer the plants.

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I know some soils add pesticides to protect the plants from snails...

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post #14 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 01:39 AM
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dont quote me on the solution but i had the same problem. i actually bought some from some1 on this site. any ways i had them in my tank for about a month before i had some females die. 1 day i noticed like 3 dead females took em out and the next day i saw another. so what i did was check my water. my nitrates were a bit high so all i did was put some liquid which detoxtifys the nitrates and i havent had any die since...also VERY important to have weekly water changes
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I never drip acclimate cherries, maybe copper? Or oxygen starvation because walstad don't have any water movement.
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