She didn't make it. I lost Burt first and then Bertha disappeared about a week later. I keep holding onto hope that she's molting somewhere. Because Burt turned white and I kinda knew he was a goner but Bertha looked perfectly fine and healthy before she disappeared. I never found a body. But it's been 5 days and I'm getting some odd ammonia and nitrate spikes in my tank. I think I lost her. Poor BIG Bertha!
Does anyone know how long they hide when molting? Is five days reasonable?
Here's a video of her just before she disappeared. A tribute to Bertha!
I've been changing it 10-15% a couple of times a week aside from my regular vacuuming (which is about 20%). It's not huge spikes. Ammonia is .25 and Nitrate is 10. But it bothers me. It was perfectly stable two weeks ago and then Burt and Bertha went toe-up. I'd asked on the shrimp forum about Flourish plant food because it has copper and I'm thinking that might be what killed them both. Poor things.