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Thread: Shrimp dying randomly
12-13-2012, 03:33 PM #1
Shrimp dying randomly
Hey gang I have a mystery that I can't seem to figure out.
In my 20 gal tank I had 3 ghost shrimp that were doing great and I added 25 red cherry shrimp. Since add the RCS I have noticed they are dropping like flies. Like 1 per day at least. And even 2 of my 3 ghost shrimp have died now. I can't figure out why.
I did treat the tank with tetra parasite guard a few weeks back before I added the RCS. I did move the ghost shrimp to a different tank at that time. After I was finished treating the tank I did a huge WC then added the ghost shrimp back. They seemed fine once back in the tank. Once I started noticing the RCS dying everyday I thought maybe there was medicine left in the tank so I added a carbon bag into the filter to remove it, but they are still dying.
I paid almost $50 for my RCS and if I have 10 left alive right now that is a lot.
What am I missing?
Most of the fish in the tank are small so I don't think it is them killing the shrimp. I did add a Pearl Gourami to the tank a few days before I added the RCS. Could the gourami be the killing them?
I would like to restock the tank with shrimp again but not until I can figure out what is killing what is in it now.
Water parameters are good: ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 10, ph 7.4
12-13-2012, 03:56 PM #2
The Gourami will eat anything that can fit in his mouth, such as shimp. It is very possible and probable the Gourami is killing them.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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12-13-2012, 03:59 PM #3Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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+1 with Jeff - are you finding dead whole shrimp or are they disappearing?
12-13-2012, 04:20 PM #4
Some are missing and some are whole and I am pulling them from the tank. Though I am pretty sure I have seen the gourmai snacking on some dead shrimp, but i haven't noticed any interest in the live shrimp. Maybe at night she goes after them? Its typically in the morning that we find dead ones.
Maybe I will move the gourami over to my 55 gal, probably better for her(?) since there is more room. No shrimp in that tank.
12-13-2012, 04:46 PM #5Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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Couldn't hurt to try that - at least if you still find dead shrimp after doing that you have eliminated a possibility.
12-13-2012, 05:03 PM #6
Will run it by my wife and if she is okay with it then I will do it tonight.
The bigger question is should I do drip acclimation to the new tank or can I just put him right into the new tank if the water parameters are the same?