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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2004, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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...ghost shrimp into the substrate.

I recently got a few ghost shrimps and some of them have passed over to that big tank in the sky. Instead of taking the dead shrimp out.. I just pressed them into the substrate (eco-complete w/black moon sand). I did this to (4) .5-.75" shrimps. Will is cause any problems?

The tank is moderately planted and I thought they might benefit from the dead shrimp? Not really sure as I'm still an algae grower.

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It is a benefit, but what are your nitrates like? Are you sure their dead, or is it there shedded skin?
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No readings are available yet. My testing supplies are in the mail from DrsF&S, I will post some #s when I get the kits.

Ack! I hope they were dead and not just shedding skin. The dead ones where completely white and upside down. Most of them were just floating along with the current.

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Sounds like they are sheds to me too..... the sheds are actually very detailed when you look at them in a tank... I can see where they would be mistaken for dead shrimp.
Normally when a shrimp dies it will bloat severely and look twice the size.

Burying the skins wont cause no harm and the calcium is beneficial.
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isnt it also neccessary to add iodine to the water when you have invertabrates?
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You'll get many varying answers to that question. Some of us shrimp keepers do, some of us don't. I never have.

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Iodine should be added once in a while to boost the shrimp's health
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My shrimp are perfectly healthy and breeding like guppies without iodine supplementation.

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