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Hello,
I am still in shock and I can’t explain what the heck happen. Two days ago I performed a 1 gallon wc on my 8 gallon EBI that is housing what was a huge thriving colony of Blue Bees and a hand full of yellow Neo’s. The next morning before I left for work I looked over all the shrimp tanks just for reassurance, everything was good as gold. When I got home I looked at the tanks again and OMG, there were bodies laying everywhere on the floor of the tank. If I had to guess I must have lost about 90 percent of my tank inhabitants. I asked my mother in-law if anything was sprayed around the area and she said that they dusted. I tested the water and the parameters are

Ph 6.9 – 7.0
Gh 5
Kh 0 – 1
Ammonia 0
Nitrates 0
TDS 250
Temp 72.5
Water source is RO/DI top offs with added Fluval mineral supplement added in at water changes.

We had a window guy come by to check out why the windows where sweating and he said that I had too many open top tanks in the house for the temperature that our house is kept at. It almost feels like that tank was hit by sabotage but I have no way of proving it. Has anyone ever experienced a mass die off after a water change?

I guess I know now what to do with the other bag of Aquasoil that I had left over. If I go home today and find the rest of the shrimp dead I might as well just start over.:icon_cry:
 

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I use a cover on my tanks. My mom, kids and wife have the best intentions but aersols happen. We have banned aerosals in the house except for the bathroom due to my birds. This also helps the shrimp. The cover gives you a fighting chance.
 

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I use a cover on my tanks. My mom, kids and wife have the best intentions but aersols happen. We have banned aerosals in the house except for the bathroom due to my birds. This also helps the shrimp. The cover gives you a fighting chance.
 

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did she use a chemical like Pledge or something when dusting? My mother in-law wiped out my rili colony spraying lysol around the house...
I was thinking the same thing. I am glad all my tanks are in one room. I can instruct my gf to never spray anything in that room and keep the door closed if she is spraying close to that room.
 

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You could always cover the tank. We are just speculating it may have been caused by something else.

I have a spray bar on the surface so the chance of vapors getting in the tank is high. I have the cover for it. I just don't use it because the water gets warm. The fan will not cool the water down with it on. I have a media sock in the tank flow full of purigen. I hope that will help some.
 

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I don’t know what direction to go know….. should I get a tank going to do warmer shrimp or use the AquaSoil Amazonia and fight the heat with a clip on fan and have to top off every day.

I guess there is now way of testing water to find chemicals in the water… is there?

I forgot to mention that my wife always used a feather duster or a swifter around my tanks. She was busy this time and my mother in-law did it for her. She doesn’t know about the hazards of arousal cans and tanks.
 

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Sorry for your losses. You have to run carbon for some days now to clean water from chemicals.
With fan you will introduce poison even faster and form further distance. Sprays should be forbidden in shrimp households.
I like to have tank cover + fans= less vaporizing + lower temp.
 

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There's ways to test for cleaning chemical contamination, but these test would have to be conducted with a well equipped laboratory & it's not exactly cheap unless you know someone who has access to one either through their school/work.

If pledge was used, that stuff leaves a waxy film on everything. Makes playing cards glide on surfaces like a puck on a air hockey table. I have a coffee table right next my tank, but it's fully covered except for the cutouts in the rear.

Swifter dust pads don't leave a slick waxy residue like a pledge spray would.

Breaking down the tank & running carbon is your only option at this point.

Good luck with your next setup.
 

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OMG!!!!! I am soooooo damn pised. I have worked so hard in keeping them alive and giving them the habitate they need. It is just heart breaking to know what happen and to have someone you live with say the opposit...

I am going to look into cardinals this time....
 
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