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  1. Default Ghost Shrimp Suddenly Died?


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    A few days ago, I bought a single ghost shrimp for my tank (along with a danio). The first few days the shrimp was hiding in some of the decorations, not moving too much, but alive.

    Yesterday, the shrimp seemed to finally become comfortable in my tank, as she was climbing all over the decorations, not hiding as much, etc. I wake up this morning to my shrimp died overnight - seems odd considering how active she was last night.

    I tested my water, have a pH of roughly 6.5ish, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 0 nitrate - so I can't think of a reason it died. The danio is doing fine, and I haven't added any chemicals to the tank at all.

    Can anyone think of a reason it died?

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    What else is in the tank besides the danio? At this point with the information given I think the danio got the shrimp.
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    I don't know much about shrimp to know what could have possibly happened just keep an eye on the tank and watch for behavior changes in other fish especially the danio. It could have just been a case of bad luck hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    What else is in the tank besides the danio? At this point with the information given I think the danio got the shrimp.
    In total, it's a 50 gallon tank. Right now, all I have is 2 guppies and 2 danios. All of which seem to be doing fine.

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    I had two ghost shrimp when I first started out. They lasted maybe three or four weeks before kicking the bucket. My LFS told me that, generally, ghost shrimp are used as feeder shrimp and so they're not bred to be hardy or have long lifespans. I don't know how accurate that is, but it is what I was told. I didn't bother trying to get any more of the ghost variety after that.

    It sounds like your tank isn't cycled yet, since you're not showing nitrates. Shrimp can be sensitive to fluctuating water chemistry, and an uncycled tank is unstable. Try adding a type of shrimp that is a bit more robust - such as amano shrimp or red cherry shrimp - once the tank is cycled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    I had two ghost shrimp when I first started out. They lasted maybe three or four weeks before kicking the bucket. My LFS told me that, generally, ghost shrimp are used as feeder shrimp and so they're not bred to be hardy or have long lifespans. I don't know how accurate that is, but it is what I was told. I didn't bother trying to get any more of the ghost variety after that.

    It sounds like your tank isn't cycled yet, since you're not showing nitrates. Shrimp can be sensitive to fluctuating water chemistry, and an uncycled tank is unstable. Try adding a type of shrimp that is a bit more robust - such as amano shrimp or red cherry shrimp - once the tank is cycled.
    That's what I'm thinking...the shrimp cost only 40 cents, so it's not a huge loss.

    As far as my tank being cycled, I usually have 0 ammonia (at most .1, but that's rare), and no nitrites or nitrates. I attribute it to having few fish in the larger tank, and weekly 25-30% water changes. For what it's worth my pH in the tank is usually 6.5, but right now I'm getting higher readings (which is why I think I have bad water quality).

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