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Old 04-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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I recently bought 30 shrimp for my 7.9g Fluval Evi shrimp tank, 12 Sakura red cherry, 15 Taiwan, and 3 CRS. In this tank I have Fluval Stratum substrate, 5 lava rocks, some fire moss, a pre cycled filter and a heater. For some reason over the past 3 days about 5 of my Sakura's have died and been devoured by my other shrimp. Everyone else seems to be doing fine, Why are my Sakuras dying? Could it be cause their from different breeders?
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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you are brave! putting that many shrimps at once! hope your taiwan and crs will be ok.

ps: i thought those three type of shrimps require different water parameters?
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Well my water parameters are altered to my CRS preference but I havent seen anything that says the cherries can't handle that. All the research I've done on the cherries show that they can survive in a wide range of water parameters.

PS: idk about brave more like dumb, but I got them at the GSAS auction for an amazing deal. Didn't really get to choose the number. I've been doing small water changes since the deaths have started to see if it's ammonia related.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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Do you have any test kit results? That would be helpful.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:37 PM   #5
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No I don't, my hunch is that my substrate is releasing ammonia. But I can't know for sure and I don't get paid till Friday the cheapest test kit I found was 30$.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:40 PM   #6
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I'll go get my water tested today.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:48 PM   #7
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No I don't, my hunch is that my substrate is releasing ammonia. But I can't know for sure and I don't get paid till Friday the cheapest test kit I found was 30$.
Correct me if I am wrong guys, but FSS does not leach ammonia.
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Yea I was holding back when I looked at those test kits price. Petco offer free water test. Your local fish store might offer that too.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:20 PM   #9
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FSS doesn't leech ammonia. If you are still at a point where you think substrate is leeching I'm going to guess the tank hasn't cycled. And no way to know unless you're testing it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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I went and got my water tested and the nitrate level was high so I did another water change and cleaned out the filter.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #11
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fluval does not release ammonia. i use is myself in a couple tanks. the line between cherry and crs to both be happy is pretty small. did you drip acclimate them or just float them? what was the age of the shrimp young juvies or adutls? adults can have a harder time adjusting to new water. also if the parameters are way differnt than the breeders then that might be part of the problem. how long had the tank cycled before adding the shrimp? and you really need a test kit the liquid not strips. cause with out water parameters its any ones guess what could be wrong
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I went and got my water tested and the nitrate level was high so I did another water change and cleaned out the filter.
Did they tell you how high? I would think they'd have to be pretty off the charts to kill cherries.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #13
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It was tested with a test kit today not strips those are cheapy. The Nitrate was at 20ppm and that was the only problem I saw. My water parameters are Temp: 74F, PH: 6.7, GH: 3, and KH: is 1. The tank didn't get much of a chance to cycle but I used a filter that has been in my other tank and let it cycle the water for about an hour before putting the shrimp in. And I drip acclimated them along with floating.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #14
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It's still going through a cycle, even if you're using another filter from another tank. I'd keep my eye on the tank
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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Ya I figured... Like I said previously buying this many shrimp was not planned. Or else I would have givin the tank more time to cycle. I will be doing small water changes regularly for the next week or so. Thanks for all the responses.
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