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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-11-2006, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Problems getting shrimps to survive in my nano

I have difficulties getting shrimps to survive in my nano. So far, i murdered 23 shrimps!

20 Cherries,
2 Tigers,
1 Yamato.

I am sure my water QC are OK.

Just that i am not sure why non survived!

my plants are doing well, bubbling everyday.

From the LFS and i place the whole packet floating into the tank. After 30mins later, i will release and pour them directly into the tank. They died 4hourss later.

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Sorry to hear about your loss!

How big is your tank? Do you have a filter in there?
What is the CO2 level?

Sounds like they died due to some shock caused by the changed conditions. I think that you might need to pour gradually some tank water in the bag when you bring them home and are floating them. Just like with the fish.
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shrimp are very sensitive to nitrites and ammonia, so I'd be very careful with those. The water parameters may be good for fish to survive, but shrimp require optimal conditions. That's a quick death, I'd also be concerned with chloramine/chlorine levels if you've been doing frequent water changes.
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Only 2 tetras in there.

Lotsa dead shrimps corpse buried into the substrate.

Tank is about 3g.

CO2 level i cannot tell. 1BPS fed into a air stone.


All i can deduce is water parameters shock.
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I have 4 ghost shrimp doing fine in my horror. Granted I turned two ottos into corpses within a few days. Check your water, check co2/o2 levels, check for traces of copper. If in doubt stop adding whatever you're adding, change water more frequently (ensure you use some de-chlor), and add an air-stone & pump.
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What substrate are you using. Any decorative pebbles, that sort of thing?
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http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j3...e/DSC01064.jpg I use to types of filters and have a PH 6.0-6.5 also be sure to keep an airstone in with shrimp if you are breeding them it helps alot. Do water change every week 30%. Dont over feed your shrimp because your PH will go high and your shrimps will die from Ammonia spikes! keep lots of plants and moss in you tank.
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Sorry forgot a picture of my 10gal Cherry and CRS breeding tank. I know the water is low in my tank just getting ready for a water change before I top it off.
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What substrate are you using. Any decorative pebbles, that sort of thing?
river sand. no decorative pepples etc.

So far my glosso and ferns are growing well. I will wait till my glosso forms a nice carpet before i proceed to buy anymore shrimps.

There are quite a number of strands of hairgrass in bettween my glosso. I hope my SAE eats them.
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It could be the way you acclimated them. The shrimp ONLY got acclimated to the temp of your water, not the water, with your method.

The proper way to acclimate fish/shrimp is:
1. Turn off the lights in the tank, which will help relieve stress to the new fish/shrimp.
2. Float the bag in the tank
3. After every 10-15 minutes, add some water from your tank into the bag.
4. When the bag gets too filled, dump some of the water. DO NOT DUMP IT INTO THE TANK.
5. Repeat step 2.
6. Net the fish/shrimp and release it into the tank.

Another method would be to...
1. Put the fish/shrimp into a small tank/bucket using the same water that was in the bag.
2. Place an airstone connected to an air pump in the tank/bucket.
3. Drip acclimate the fish/shrimp.
4. When the tank/bucket gets filled, remove some of the water and continue with the drip acclimation.
5. Place the fish/shrimp in a bag with the same water from the tank/bucket.
6. Float the bag in the tank to get the fish acclimated to the tank temp.
7. Net the fish/shrimp and release it into the tank.



Keeping the lights off will prevent any new fish from being harassed by the current fish in the tank.

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hmmm...

thanks eddie. I learnt something new
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Also, when you buy shrimp, make sure they are smaller than usual. Shrimp have a short lifespan, I think about 2 years. So if they are at adult size, then they don't have long to live.

I forgot to mention, the drip acclimation is my prefered way, becuase it's a very slow process for the fish/shrimp to get acclimated to your water parameters. I usually reserve that method for fish/shrimp that are very sensitive or expensive.
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Yeah, and the problems with all my tiny shrimps giving me the biggest headaches !

They are just so vurnerable!
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I have 4 ghost shrimp doing fine in my horror. Granted I turned two ottos into corpses within a few days. Check your water, check co2/o2 levels, check for traces of copper. If in doubt stop adding whatever you're adding, change water more frequently (ensure you use some de-chlor), and add an air-stone & pump.

Zulu is correct...check for any traces of copper and C02 levels.
-->Old medications trapped in the gravel can kill them.


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Zulu is correct...check for any traces of copper and C02 levels.
-->Old medications trapped in the gravel can kill them.

how then can i remove the 'old medications' in the gravel if i really do have them ?

i did not input any medication into the water except the time when i stupidly used a medication bottle cap to scoop water up from the tank which results in .......
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