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they are still dying

I posted before about my shrimp dying during molts. Thought maybe it was too much protein in the diet so I cut way back on what I was feeding the fish and started supplying zucchini. No changes, I'm down to maybe 4 shrimp it was weird because the Orange shrimp were my very first shrimp and they were doing great and are the last to start dying. The most recent had been the fire reds and they were the first to start dying. A couple babies have survived and grown up and become saddled themselves. Tds 124, ammonia 0, nitrate 0, nitrite 0. Temp is 76, gh 6drops, kh 4 drops. It's my eheim 9 gallon
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Did you get the shrimp as adults? Sometimes they have a difficult time acclimating.

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Have any other containers you can move them to? Maybe that tank is cursed? I saw better breeding in my 29 vs my 10 when that was my shrimp tank.
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Yes, only the blues were young.
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If it weren't for my scarlet badis, I'd break it down and start over
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maybe there is copper in the water or fertilizer you are using. crustaceans are sensitive to copper.
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Could your Badis have developed a taste for freshly molted shrimp? Your TDS looks a bit low to me, but I keep my neos in far harder water. Mine reproduce and thrive like cockroaches, I even find them breeding in my large Eheims on my Puffer tanks. Our water is 8.2 out of the tap.

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Could your Badis have developed a taste for freshly molted shrimp? Your TDS looks a bit low to me, but I keep my neos in far harder water. Mine reproduce and thrive like cockroaches, I even find them breeding in my large Eheims on my Puffer tanks. Our water is 8.2 out of the tap.
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Badis and shrimp seem like a bad combination and maybe they are getting them while they are freshly molted.
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TDS is too low. Make it over 220.What PH do you have. If it less than 7 you will have problems time to time. Zucchini is only water and fiber - like cucumber for us-no benefits at all. Try Kale, dandelion, spinach, nettle etc. What is your WC schedule,what %?
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I do 50-70% each week. They aren't making it out of the shells so it's not the badis and I've never seen him bother the shrimp. How do I raise the TDS? It actually started when I started running my air stone in the tank, but I only run it at night and don't see how that could be a problem. I stopped all fertilizers( flourish excel and comp) when the problem started. Could too many snails be a problem? MY ramshorn has been very busy.
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Do you blanch the kale leaves first?
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50% water change is, IMO way too much every week. In order to raise the TDS either add something to the water or don't do a water change for a while. Ph looks good.

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Add what? Is there something to buy to raise the tds? I'll do less on the wc too.
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Powdered foods can raise the TDS. and +1 on water changes being too large. %10-20 a week is fine.

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