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Recovery from ammonia poisoning

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Skipping some background here, but I picked up some shrimp from a local guy today. He screwed up in some major ways and packed the shrimp in 28ppm TDS 2ppm ammonia water. They were in this water for 40+ minutes until I started drip acclimating them to my tank. I put in 1 drip of Prime at the start of the acclimation when I measured the ammonia level. The whole drip acclimation took 1 hr to bring the TDS from 28 to my tank's value of around 90. (My tank is RO + SS GH to 100+ ppm, but I diluted the water a touch because these shrimp were raised in TDS < 90 water). I did a quick salt dip and plopped them into my tank (temperature matched)


Anyway, the two BKK seems to be doing ok, but the two Blue bolts are inert and not really moving. Is there anything I could have done differently during the acclimation, or can do now, to save the two blue bolts?
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Ammonia at concentrations that high can burn them.

As for salt dips... never do that unless you know it's absolutely necessary. After being burned with ammonia, that's probably not helping.

There's not a lot you can do but wait at this point. It's possible they'll recover and are just stressed from the entire ordeal.


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Thanks for the advice. I had read that the salt dip was the usual "preventative measure" so you don't accidentally get parasites when introducing new shrimp.

24 hrs later, the two BB are still alive, but very weak and barely moving. They are probably done for, as I have never heard of shrimp recovering from this condition. (I only know of them recovering when they suddenly get zapped and are on their side twitching)

On the other hand, the two BKK are doing fine.
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The salt dip is mainly for Neocaridina... not Caridina.

I don't know of anything that can really help other than maybe some brewers yeast/food and hope for the best.
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Is he going to give you a refund?
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