Shipping shrimp: Common to lose a few or not?
What is the best way to prepare yourself for your shrimp arriving and the proper way to introduce them to the tank?
In the last month I've placed two small orders of shrimp. Both were shipped priority mail and arrived within 2 days. Both packages I had held at my post office and picked them up there within a few hours of them arriving in order to spare them a bumpy all-day ride on the mail truck.
However, both shipments (from different breeders) had shrimp that died within a few hours of introducing them to my tank. It would seem to me this may be due to stress of shipping and I was wondering if these losses are normal or what I can do to better acclimate the shrimp to their new home?
My first order was 5 CRS. Within hours of placing them in the tank, three of them shrimp were already dead. This was weeks ago and the other two remaining have thrived and gotten much bigger.
My next order I got today was for 8 cherry shrimp. Again, within hours two of them are dead. The rest appear okay for now, but I wouldn't be surprised if another couple died within the next 24 hours. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it shipping stress or my tank? If it's my tank, it must be healthy enough to support long term life, but perhaps the parameters are shocking? I'm leaning toward it being the result of shipping stress, which is why I want to know if it's typically to lose a few shrimp shortly after getting them.
Looking forward to the responses.