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Old 03-17-2011, 06:26 PM   #1 
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All my ghosties died, what did I do wrong?

Some of you may remember from a previous post about the ghost shrimp that attacked my fish fins..I took the ghost shrimps out, but I felt bad for them..So I added them back into my 10 gallon.
Since then none of them attacked my fish again...or maybe my fish learned to keep his distance from them?
My fish didn't really mess with them, I never seen him bite at any of them..sometimes he would rest on his anubias and stare at them for awhile, but he wouldn't bite at them. I made sure to spread my java moss out thin on the bottom of my tank so that they had plenty of hiding area. I fed them flaked food and they would eat at the algae wafers my snails eat. Despite all that 5 out of 6 of them have all died... My fish and my snails are all acting fine and my ammonia is at 0?What could I be doing wrong?I fear the last one isn't far behind as he is looking "cloudy".
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:37 PM   #2 
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I'm sorry about your shrimp :( Well my first guess would be your fish decided to make sushi out of them, however shrimp do not react well to copper. Have you checked your plant ferts and de-chlorinator for traces of copper? Do you de-chlorinate your tap water before adding to their tank?
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #3 
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Some of you may remember from a previous post about the ghost shrimp that attacked my fish fins..I took the ghost shrimps out, but I felt bad for them..So I added them back into my 10 gallon.
Since then none of them attacked my fish again...or maybe my fish learned to keep his distance from them?
My fish didn't really mess with them, I never seen him bite at any of them..sometimes he would rest on his anubias and stare at them for awhile, but he wouldn't bite at them. I made sure to spread my java moss out thin on the bottom of my tank so that they had plenty of hiding area. I fed them flaked food and they would eat at the algae wafers my snails eat. Despite all that 5 out of 6 of them have all died... My fish and my snails are all acting fine and my ammonia is at 0?What could I be doing wrong?I fear the last one isn't far behind as he is looking "cloudy".
Are you sure it wasn't a molt?
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:09 PM   #4 
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I'm pretty sure it wasn't a molt..one was laying pink upside down between my heater and the tanks glass, could I be cooking them??

I use prime to condition my water. I haven't added any plant ferts. to my tank for at least a month before I got my shrimp. I was worried about my apple snails because they're sensitive to copper as well, so I stopped using it until I could find out if my fert. was safe for them.

Maybe my fish really did eat them? I am not sure.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:03 AM   #5 
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At least you know what happened to your shrimp. I honestly cannot find one of mine. He's gone. He's not in the tank, not around the tank, I don't think X ate him considering X isn't very aggressive.....I'm at a loss. I'm about to chalk it up to alien abduction.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:00 PM   #6 
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Ghost shrimp don't have a long life span to start.....if you got them full grown they may have died a natural death of old age......also, high nitrate can kill shrimp...they tend to be a bit more sensitive to nitrate than fish....a good weekly vacuum usually will take care of that......
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:06 AM   #7 
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My one shrimp is still alive and healthy looking.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:46 AM   #8 
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Maybe your last shrimp is the Hannibal Lecter of shrimp? :P In all seriousness, sorry about your lil shrimps. I had them once and lost every last shrimp over a month. I think Tango had many good meals at night.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:27 PM   #9 
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Maybe your last shrimp is the Hannibal Lecter of shrimp? :P

Possibly!
This would explain the fish attack maybe.
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