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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Parameters should be right but shrimp still dying!

This is pretty frustrating, I just cured my rcs of that little parasite that makes them have little spikes on their heads. Did a water change with RO water, added minerals, added Shield. Water temp is right, the GH was right when I tested it. Got new shrimp and now one is dying here and there. I noticed that the one that dies swims oddly before keeling over. They look normal before dying, no spikes, fuzzy spots, noticeable cloudiness. What the heck is my problem here guys?

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Did you add anything new to the tank?
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Nothing new, no CO2. Its a shrimp only tank with an air driven sponge filter. 10 gallons. I'm re-testing my parameters because I finally got my ph tester back from my bf and the ph is low. Could low ph be the cause?

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Would be helpful to list all of your parameters so it's clear what you're working with:

KH
GH
pH
TDS

the works
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In this specific tank in question the KH is 3, GH 12, and the pH is 5. I do not know the TDS because the meter is not working.

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That is really low ph for neos, what kit are you using to check it

But it sounds almost as if they are having trouble molting if they are swimming funny before they die


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I am using a ph meter, it was just recalibrated today so it should be correct. How can I safely raise my ph? Should I use baking soda?

Just realized something that might have to do with my shrimp dying. My boyfriend has an RO filter and this last water change he filled my jugs up with that instead of me just using RO water from the dispensary that filters every which way imaginable. Its possible that there still might be something bad in the water still since regular RO filters don't remove chlorine and chloramine right? Every time I listen to him.... Last time he did a water change with his previous filter he killed half my amano shrimp.

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 08:00 PM
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A ro filter should have a charcoal filter before it to take care of the chlorine/chloromine I believe. I think if it didn't the chlorine would ruin the ro membrane. His ro membrane could just be shot, when was the last time it was checked? I agree it sounds like a molting issue if they are swimming around frantically before they die.
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What could cause the molting issue? They aren't swimming around frantically, its more of a jerky, clumsy kind of swimming.

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That jerky crap they are doing, get an airstone in there with them ASAP. See if that doesn't settle that down. It can at least buy you some time. If the pH you're telling us is right, that's the problem right there I'd be willing to bet.
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water parameters

mineral supplements can raise the gh a good thing if it is too low from pure ro... products like fluval mineral supplement for shrimp will greatly and quickly increase the overall gh

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mineral supplements can raise the gh a good thing if it is too low from pure ro... products like fluval mineral supplement for shrimp will greatly and quickly increase the overall gh

There's nothing wrong with the posters GH. It's the pH that's too low and remineralizers aren't meant to raise pH.
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post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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I'll try getting an airstone.

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