To be honest with you cloudiness is usually a sign that something is seriously up. I've had ghost shrimp in the past and they always turned white before they ultimately perished, I've looked online and spent ages scouring google for info as to whether or not they can recover from "opaquing" but I've not found anything definitive. How long have you had him?
Was the tank you kept him in cycled and what is your water change schedule? Ghost shrimp are exceptionally sensitive to water parameters and ghosties are often mistreated in pet stores due to them being feeders (the ones I bought spent their trip home trying to jump out of the bag of water they were in it was so disgusting) so they can often arrive home damaged beyond repair.
I wouldn't have thought that the sand could be hurting him, especially as you took great care in ensuring it was clean. How long has the tank been set up? If it is the sand I can only imagine it'd be a gas pocket that has "burped" and released something into the water - do you stir or poke your sand regularly?
Make sure you gradually acclimatize your shrimp to the new water, I've read that shrimp are especially sensitive to osmotic shock - I can't say for certain if this is true but it's better to be safe than sorry.
I hope you figure it out and he recovers, I'd suggest checking out your water (if you can test for ammonia and nitrite that would be great) and gradually acclimatizing him to the other tank.
Usually every other day I use a long chopstick to poke through the sand.
This week I forgot to squeeze out the moss ball in the sink when I removed the water.... Usually every 3 days I take half the water out and replace it. Is that OK? I figured since the shrimp is so tiny he can't make TOO MUCH ammonia so I didn't clean it as much as I would a betta's tank.
OK, so I just dumped the sand....maybe there was something wrong with it. Instead of that I put in lots of large marbled rocks (no idea what they are, but they're aquarium safe from Petco) and put in 5 fake plants, 4 of them bunched together and the largest one in the open space. I think that helped a lot since the water I put in is 75% new....the tail seems a lot less cloudy, but that could be my imagination.
When i squeezed out the moss ball....well it smelled like that was my problem.
It smelled like boiled cabbage mixed with apple cider vinegar--yeeechhh. Smells exactly like the stuff that comes out of the bank of the local creek when you walk on it when the water is especially low-- or like a murky, disgusting lake with shallow water that bubbles up and stinks if you poke a stick into it.
I hope I never do that again....that must have been horrible for the poor shrimp.
And if he's just gonna kick the bucket, should I experiment with some medications to see if they'll help? I don't know what to use though, since shrimp are so sensitive, and it might just push him over the edge.
I got the shrimp in March (I think) and he's been through quite a bit since then. My betta chomped off one of his antennae, and I decided to give him a quiet retirement.
I don't have any test kits (no idea where they are. My aunt borrowed them for her new tropical fish tank and I'm pretty sure she LOST THEM!!!)
The only thing I should be worrying about for now is getting very fine gravel. Ash swam right to the bottom of the 2 inch layer of big rocks and I'm pretty sure he can get stuck if he goes the wrong way.
My mom is going shopping today and I'll ask her to pick up some bitty marbles from Dollar Tree or something.
Thanks for your help!!!