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02-21-2013 05:48 PM
Originally Posted by Betta Maniac View Post
*fingers crossed*

BTW, Nick, I just can't even express how beautiful that extreme ruby red/dragon is. I really wasn't interested in getting any of those, and now it's one of my favorites!
02-21-2013 05:31 PM
Betta Maniac *fingers crossed*

BTW, Nick, I just can't even express how beautiful that extreme ruby red/dragon is. I really wasn't interested in getting any of those, and now it's one of my favorites!
02-21-2013 04:57 PM
speedie408 Glad to hear there's no more deaths Tonda.

Keep in mind that these shrimp are still young adults and with TBs they are extremely hard to sex. The majority of all young females do not develop round abdomens until they actually become berried. Give them some more time. Hopefully there's still some females in your surviving group.
02-21-2013 04:51 PM
Betta Maniac No news is good news. *knock on wood* Hope I'm not cursing myself here, but there have been no further mystery deaths (the berried female with the bad molt died, but there was no real mystery to that one). But no news-worthy events to report either. They’re growing and molting and cruising around. So far they all STILL look male.
02-15-2013 06:58 PM
Puddles Any update on how your shrimp are doing?
02-06-2013 10:12 PM
Betta Maniac UV wasn't running when the tank was cycling. It's not running now since I'm treating with Melafix. It's just *VERY* frustrating.
02-06-2013 08:07 PM
Rob in Puyallup
Re: BKK Money Pit *Mystery Deaths*

Sorry about the losses, Betta.

I don't have any experience with these expensive shrimp but have noticed with my crystals that they do much better if I leave their water alone. One tank has Fluval Shrimp substrate, the other UP Shrimp Sand, not sure if that makes a difference.

You wrote that you're using an UV sterilizer. Those will kill the added bacteria supplement so should be turned off when adding them. Would certainly slow down cycling, I'm thinking.

Best of luck!

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02-06-2013 07:35 PM
Betta Maniac Well, all is not well in the land of BKK. I’ve lost another one. No idea what the heck is going on. After the first death, I treated with Melafix and Pimafix. All seemed well. Then BAM, another dead one this morning. *sigh*

I guess it’s time to move them to a bare bottom tank of reminerlaized RO water and throw a few CBS in this tank to see if there’s really something wrong with the tank.

And yes, I’ve run all the tests. The water is perfect. The temp is perfect. There’s no discernible reason I can come up with for them to be dropping dead. I thought maybe a bacterial thing, but if it is, its beyond Melafix to deal with.

I’m open to suggestions.
02-04-2013 09:14 PM
Betta Maniac 75, huh. Thanks. I'll have to look into it.
01-30-2013 06:12 PM
antiquefloorman Hey Betta,
All of the breeders overseas I talk to keep their temps as close to 75 degrees F as they can. They tell me it is the perfect temp.
01-24-2013 08:39 PM
Betta Maniac Also, I can't ever remember worrying this much about anything without fur.
01-24-2013 08:38 PM
Betta Maniac I do a head count every day when I get home from work. She's got her 3 favortie places to hang out down pretty solid. Though I couldn't find her last night and was freaked out. But there she was this morning, back in "her" groove on the sponge filter.
01-24-2013 08:34 PM
speedie408 Betta,

It may be as you say then. If others are doing well, just monitor her. Glad to hear there's no more deaths.
01-24-2013 08:18 PM
Betta Maniac Water is super stable (I'm using RO and the Nutrifin Cichlid Conditioner, the TDS stays btwn 196-203 and I test it daily). I don't do large changes. I top off about 1c. pure RO a day and then once a week I change about 10% (carefully matching it to the old water in TDS and temp). Won't even do that this week, as I don't want to do anything that might bother her.

I'm hoping this is just because she's still so very small and young to be berried at all (she's really not very big, less than half an inch still). She was SUPER annoyed with the males coming at her. Like ENRAGED. She tucked herself into the sponge filter and sent them flying out if they dared to invade her little groove.

I should add, the others all appear to be molting without any problems, and no more mystery deaths after the first one.
01-24-2013 08:05 PM
speedie408 Betta,

Molting while she's holding eggs is not a good sign. This means the water params have gone from hard to soft, or soft to softer. This is why it's important to keep water params stable (not saying that you aren't).

Have you done any large water changes as of recent?
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