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What has been you biggest mistake keeping shrimp?

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I decided to start this little thread for people to share any dumb thing (or problem) they have run into when keeping shrimp! Here is my story:

I set up a new shrimp tank about 3 months ago. I let the tank cycle for two months and even added a couple mystery snails to help out. I planted some duck weed as well as several blyxa stems for ground cover. I have several large clumps of java moss for the shrimplets to hide in and 3 large marimo moss balls for them to gather food from. Everything was perfect! The pH stabilized to around 6.4-6.6 (Rather low for not having active substrate). I have dual bio-filter sponge as well as a netted off HOB filter so my water is crystal clear. When I say that everything was perfect, I mean PERFECT! Before I ordered my CRS shrimp I bought 3 RCS just to see how they did before I added over $100 worth of CRS.

Three days in and I could only find two of my shrimp! I looked everywhere in the tank until I found it in one of the small rock caves I had built. He didn't move even when I put him in a net. I watched him for about 30 minutes inside of this net submerged in the water and he just didn't move at all. I was going to feed him to my fish so he didn't go to waste. I was kind of sad but I knew that one of my fish would get a lucky snack! I took him out of the net and placed him in my other fish tank. As soon as he hit the water a fish came and tried to take a bite out of him. He came back to life and started to try to get away! It was a miracle! He was trying his best to get away but he couldn't move his feet! (I will get to that in a second.) I acted fast and scooped him back up into the net before he was devoured by my hungry fish. I placed him back in my shrimp tank thinking he would die soon. He just kind of floated to the bottom, not moving.

After about 30 minutes of watching him he began to twitch his gills. It made me really happy but I knew he would probably die soon. He was moved from 71' water to 85' and then back again, as well as being nibbled on by a fish! I had some hope that he would live. For 3 days he laid upside down twitching every now and again. I thought I was going to lose one of my 3 little shrimp. On the 4th day of him laying in my tank, I picked him up and put him in some of the java moss. He clung on to it the next day and 2 days after that he was eating stuff off the bottom of the tank and just doing what shrimp do. I was so happy! The poor shrimp lived and is doing fine in my tank now:>
After doing some major thinking, this is what I came up with. The shrimp was still growing. The stress of being moved into a new tank when I got him caused him to molt. He was having a hard time molting his feet. I think some snail slime got caught on his feet.... He looked like he was dead but he wasn't! I felt so bad almost killing this poor little guy but in the end he turned out to be just fine. I felt stupid for the fact that I didn't think about him even molting! That is my stupid shrimp mistake. So please feel free to share your stories too! I would love to hear them and who knows! It may keep somebody from making the same mistake you did!

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That's odd. Floramax is completely inert, it acts like a sponge if you dose ferts for a month, it will absorb them and then when there's no ferts in the water column it releases them.
 

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I didn't take the advice of many more experienced shrimpers before me.
I ordered tiger shrimp, had a gorgeous tank set up for them that cycled for 9 weeks, perfect params, tons of moss and floaters.
BUT, I didn't listen to all the advice on low temps being crucial for tigers. :(
Lost them all one by one to the too high temps.
Now I know better. I have PC fans and my temps stay at a cool 70f. Now I have super happy shrimp, and have just ordered my bag of amazonia. I'll be making the jump to CRS and tibees in the fall. :)
 

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That's odd. Floramax is completely inert, it acts like a sponge if you dose ferts for a month, it will absorb them and then when there's no ferts in the water column it releases them.
That's the idea, but like I said, for myself a few other people from older posts I found on here, it raised their pH, gH, and kH significantly. There was a point where I used only RO water that's was not remineralized for WC and top off's. After a day though, the parameters would climb right back to what it was before. I only had driftwood in the tank and no rocks, tested the water out of the tap, after 2 days, and everything was fine until the water entered the tank.

Below are two of many threads you'll find about this problem.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=209418
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=147122
 

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Not keeping in mind that evaporated water must be replaced with distilled water. Lost far too many shrimp to an increase in TDS from pure stupidity. Dont be like I was and refill with water like your doing a regular water change. disolved solids clearly do not evaporate!
 

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holy crap! i used floramax also and i swear it killed everything i put in the tank! i switched it to my community fish tank and they aren't very happy after months and twice a week water changes. its insane.

my mistake was like everyone basically. used tap with extreme tds, took a couple months to figure that one out.
Im glad to hear all this about floramax. I was going to use this in my new shrimptank! Im just going to skip the headache hahah thats for the story!
 

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Feeding too much, planaria broke out and literally took over the tank, eating everything and anything in it's way. Had to bleach and took down an entire tank. Lame :/
 

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Accidentally killed a wild type neo with my water change last week. Didn't notice 'em get sucked up the siphon and into the bucket. Poor thing died in the sink after dumping the bucket out. I was so sad when I found it. Poor thing probably died from chlorine tap water before it dried out.
When I first got my shrimp I did a huge water change their first week in the 10g holding tank, got the "twitchers" jerked swimming backwards from the drastic change in water params from such a large water change. Not sure how many I killed with that big opps..
 

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1. top up non RO water without checking water parameter
2. use "safe shrimp" fertilizer without realizing it raise gh and tds
3. use worm medicine without proper wc
4. reset so much tank just because they got planaria or copepods :v
5. using plant products for shrimp tank, including co2 booster
6. surprise a shrimp while molting
7. take out moss plant without realizing there 15-25 shimplets in there
 

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My mistakes has always been trying to hard to make everything "perfect" Learned this after being gone for 2 months and left the feeding to a friend. No water changes and he overfed led to lots of hair algae. I took care of that asap, but since then my RCA's are reproducing like crazy!
BTW, do I need to add new stock every now in then to prevent too much inbreeding?
 

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Bit of a different direction in answering but.. worst mistake in keeping shrimp?

Deluding myself into thinking "just one more tank" to work at selectively breeding all the interesting variations my cherries were throwing would be no big deal. Except it's not just one tank--it's one for the parent line, one for the off spring, one to cross these two, better put a back up group there... Sixteen shrimp habitats later I was spending 3 hours a day on the damn things. Sure, I had a couple really interesting lines going--but I was spending so much time on the work of it that I didn't have time to actually enjoy them anymore.

Finally broke out my best reds to one tank, dumped the best of the interesting variants into my junk tank to take their chances--and bagged out the remaining several hundred shrimp to trade as feeders for some very nice plants. I still get some pretty wild shrimp turning up in my junk tank--right now that includes a beautiful translucent full body green, a bright blue with a tan back stripe and a couple near blacks--but these days I just shake it off and get on with enjoying my tanks as they are when the itch to set up another shrimp tank creeps up on me.
 
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