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Hello!

As stated, I'm a newbie to shrimp. We have a seasoned, planted paludarium tank that we finally felt was ready to add shrimp after supporting two snails and a few black neon tetras for a little over a month. We purchased the cherry shrimp a few days ago, and I know the tank parameters at the store were different than our paludarium tank. Water there was pH 8.2 with high KH, ours is pH 7.0 with KH of 3. I had worried over the differences but was told the shrimp were younger and that so long as I slow dripped, and fed with a high calcium food they should be fine. I followed instructions and all seemed well until this evening. That's when the image below occurred. I have tested the tank and my parameters have not changed, and the other shrimp seem fine (active swimming and such). Is this the dreaded white ring of death I've heard about, and is this likely from the stress of being added to our tank? Is there something else I should be looking into that may be more of a problem than I was told, or that I may be unaware of? Or is this just a normal molt, and I'm just a newbie that is worrying too much and I need to give this shrimp another couple of hours?

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I’m afraid it does look like a mismolt 😓 they’re very quick with it when it works right.

What is your gh? From what I understand of shrimp, they don’t care so much about kh... but gh (calcium and magnesium) is important.

However, a shrimp wouldn’t mismolt in your water because of low minerals immediately... sometimes they do a stress-molt after a move but if he had enough minerals where he came from he wouldn’t have mismolted I think...

Then again sometimes it just happens.

Young shrimp should adapt, and if your gh is low you can bring it up with mineral salts. Mine is around 6 dgh or just under and everyone molts fine, I give them blanched organic spinach for calcium.
Thank you for the reply! My GH is around 8-9, KH is 3. In looking over the forums here I think I might know one of the issues...I think I may have overfed. One of my 2 nerite snails has been looking rough and the other snail has been munching on his shell. I was told that if I used a little extra of the Shrimp King mineral for about a week, the snails would eat the leftovers, and to feed the shrimp/snails once a day. Reading the forums here I think that's likely too much food. There was leftover food in the tank this evening after I fed this morning, so I think this may be part of my newbie mistake.
 

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What do you mean by "seasoned"? How was the tank cycled? How long did it take? How much ammonia could the tank process in a day? What ammonia source did you use?

Have you tested the tank to be sure there's no ammonia or nitrite present?

What's your water temperature?
The tank substrate is Seachem Flourite, with 2-3 in of sand over that, planted, filled with RO water and some washed and boiled oak leaf litter (3 leaves) were added. It sat that way with the canister filter running (no charcoal just filter foam and rinsed leca), and a little bit of fish food added every few days for the first week, then I was told that the process would go faster to actually add some fish and use the aquavitro Seed and the Seachem Replenish to add minerals back to the RO water bringing the GH to 8. I did that and followed the dosing instructions with the Seed/Replenish. We added a small school of the black neon tetras first, and after 2 weeks started to see noticeable algae and added 2 nerite snails and a single washed and boiled magnolia leaf. After 3 additional weeks of seeing no fluctuations in pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates, GH or KH, with the 6 fish and 2 snails, we decided to go ahead and get 6 cherry shrimp, and also included 2 small mineral balls. I tested again last night after seeing the dead cherry and there still were no changes in the tank parameters.

Water temperature readings with the temperature probe (tank-dedicated digital meat thermometer) have remained between 77-78 degrees the entire month+ timeframe the tank has been establishing. This cherry is the 1st death we've seen in the tank so far. As of this morning we haven't seen others, though we have a stacked lava rock back wall scape with many nooks and crannies the shrimp love to climb in and out of, so the only time I really see all of them is shortly after food has been put out. I have not put any out today as I'm re-evaluating the feeding I've been doing and will likely only feed the shrimp 2-3 times a week alternating with the Shrimp King Mineral or the Shrimp King Complete. Unless other more experienced keepers like yourself have better advice on their care/feeding.

I do also have some of the Nano Banquet Blocks that was recommended to use to feed the shrimp and the snails to give them more minerals. I have not yet used them as I would rather identify what may (or may not) be an issue with my current setup before adding a new variable...unless that is something that could be helpful to the shrimp and snails health.
 
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