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for the past 2 mornings, i woke up to see white spots that look like worms on the side of my tank. a short time after i switch the lights on, they are gone. i am afraid that this may be the reason i am finding a dead shrimp or 2 everyday. i tested the water. ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate is .25 if that. my Ph is at 6.4. i have my temp at 75 and all i have in the tank is dwarf baby tears.

has anybody had this problem and what can i do to fix it? open to all suggestions.

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not sure about the hardness, i have CRS and the worms are tiny and white. not easy to take a picture, difficulty focussing the camera. i use RO water if that helps.
 

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They're likely nematodes (harmless), which typically appear in new tanks or in tanks where you overfeed. If they're flat and have triangular heads, they're planaria - they can harm shrimp and can also explode with overfeeding.

How long has your system been set up and running? How long did you cycle the tank?

What product are you using to remineralize your RO water?

If you're keeping Crystals, you'll need to know your water hardness. Pick up a liquid GH & KH kit to test hardness.
 

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tank was cycled for 2 months, and has been running since February. I do not put anything back in the water when I do water change. Should. i treat for planaria?
 

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tank was cycled for 2 months, and has been running since February. I do not put anything back in the water when I do water change. Should. i treat for planaria?
He's talking about adding minerals to the RO water. RO water is chemically pure. I would think water without any minerals in it could cause all kinds of deficiencies. Maybe this is the cause of the dead shrimp? Obviously you should wait for somone more experience to chime in. The only experience with RO that I have had is with plant growing, and I know that with plants if you use RO and don't add in any micro nutrients to it, the plants will eventually die from lack of ca/mg/iron etc.
 

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He's talking about adding minerals to the RO water. RO water is chemically pure. I would think water without any minerals in it could cause all kinds of deficiencies. Maybe this is the cause of the dead shrimp? Obviously you should wait for somone more experience to chime in. The only experience with RO that I have had is with plant growing, and I know that with plants if you use RO and don't add in any micro nutrients to it, the plants will eventually die from lack of ca/mg/iron etc.
I have some Macro Micro Nutrient Mix from Aquarium Fertilizer.com that I have been using on another tank. Will this work for my dwarf baby tears?

I have also started to treat the tank with No-planaria from GLA. water turned cloudy. used a tablespoon for the whole 60p tank. hope I did not overdose.
 

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I don't think that plant nutrients are quite the same thing.. From what I understand (expect me to be wrong) when people use RO water with shrimp they use calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients, to adjust the PH, KH and GH to the right levels for their shrimp. for you to be using RO water with CRS, you really need to be able to test the PH, KH and GH
 

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You have to use a product to add minerals to your RO/DI water if you want to house Crystals (or anything, really). Mosura Mineral Plus Ultra, Shirakura Ca+, the Salty Shrimp stuff, et al.

I would encourage you to get GH & KH test kits right away and do some reading about proper shrimp care. Everything is available to you in the stickies here in the shrimp sub-forum.
 

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Also, petco will do free water tests for you until you get proper test equipment. Just bring in a recent sample.
 

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looks like it , what are these? is there a fix?
I never came across these but i guess you can google "parasite worm cure"? It's a bad news if they are these. I'd imagine seachem paraguard would work but you should do some research on it a bit before taking my word for it.

EDIT: Oopps, misread as "white worms on shrimps". If it's on the tank itself, then it probably isn't parasite worms. Please disregard my posts...
 
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