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Old 11-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #1 
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Ghost Shrimp Dying?

I know it's not bettas but they're in my betta tank. I got some ghost shrimp on Halloween night, 6 of them, and put them in with my bettas. The bettas haven't payed any attention to them. I've given them cucumbers to eat. Now in the past 24 hours 2 have died...any ideas?
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:53 AM   #2 
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What are your water perimeters? Also did you slowly accumulate them into the tank? Temp adjustment for half and hour, then water chemistry adjustment for another half hour? Is there plenty of plant cover for them to hide in? Some shrimps are in weaker shape when you get them. Do any of them look white? If they turn opaque white, they are nearing death. Sorry they died so soon :(
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:23 AM   #3 
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Shrimp are far more sensitive to nitrates than fish are, so maybe your nitrates are high?
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:21 AM   #4 
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Have you medicated the tank at any point in time? In addition to the usual water chemistry issues, invertebrates are extremely sensitive to copper which is in a lot of fish medications.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:13 AM   #5 
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I've never checked the parameters in my tank but I've had the tank for over a year now with no problem. I didn't acclimate the shrimp either. They've been in there for 2 weeks now and seemed fine and then two of them just died. There are plants to hide in and they hide often because I hardly ever see them. I'm assuming there's still 4 left but I can only see 2 without moving a bunch of things around. Also I've never medicated the fish.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:28 AM   #6 
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Ghost shrimp are short lived to start (1-2yr) and since they are generally sold for a live fish food not as pets-they don't always receive the best care....if the ones that died are really big to start...it was most likely age related and make sure there are bodies in the exoskeleton too...sometimes it can look like a dead body when its really a molt......you can't really treat shrimp with any medication and as posted already-high nitrate can be a issue.......
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:42 AM   #7 
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I saw them shed a few times and then I found the two lying on their backs dead (but they were bigger) and one has just disapeered now haha.
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