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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cherry shrimp discoloration, please help!

First post, I'm really new to how to care for inverts, please be kind.
I bought 3 cherry shrimp that were nice and red about 3 weeks-1 month ago. So far one died but was about the same color.
Now my other 2 (or other 1, I only ever see 1.) Are turning a terrible black color with a whitish stripe along their back. My water is crystal clean, there's plenty of plants in the water (moss ball, dwarf hair grass, and anubius). A hide made of drift wood, too. I really want to make sure I'm not hurting them. I've already looked up the symptoms but no clear results. The shrimp in question is my icon. Please help!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 08:19 PM
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Need more information about tank, water parameters, and feeding so others can help you. A picture of shrimp would also help a great deal.

What size tank?
Any other livestock in tank?

When was it set up? Was it cycled? How long after cycled did you add shrimp?
Temperature of tank?
What are your ammonia, nitrite, nitrate numbers?

What is your Ph, KH/GH? Do you know your TDS?

What do you feed and how often?
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As far as I can tell, your shrimp appears to be fine. That stripe? Known as "racing stripe" and more common in females than males.
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And it's more common as shrimp age and hit the 'mature' phase of their lifespan. Generally the few/several months.


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