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post #21 of 25 Old 03-04-2012, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Well unfortunately out of the 8 shrimp I added, only 1 has made it. Two died within the past hour. It seems every time I look over a shrimp is on its side. I have had some molts so I can tell the difference between the molt and the shrimp.

The tank is only a week old, so it didnít "fully cycle", although there was media from another tank, wood from an established tank, sand I had in another and plants. I figured that the amount of plants (I added Giant Temple and pennywort last Tuesday) and the established items would be enough to handle the bio load of 8 shrimp. My ammonia, nitrate and nitrite have all been 0. I did a small wc on Friday and Saturday just incase and dosed with prime. I dosed about .15 of flourish two days before I added the shrimp. Temps have been around 80.

Although their box was heavily insulated and the water did not seem cold when I received them, Iím wondering if the temps of 80 degrees had something to do with this. I did email the manufacturer so Iím waiting to hear back from them.

All that is left is a very pregnant female. Although at the rate things have been going, Iím not sure she will make it through the night.
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Well unfortunately out of the 8 shrimp I added, only 1 has made it. Two died within the past hour. It seems every time I look over a shrimp is on its side. I have had some molts so I can tell the difference between the molt and the shrimp.

The tank is only a week old, so it didnít "fully cycle", although there was media from another tank, wood from an established tank, sand I had in another and plants. I figured that the amount of plants (I added Giant Temple and pennywort last Tuesday) and the established items would be enough to handle the bio load of 8 shrimp. My ammonia, nitrate and nitrite have all been 0. I did a small wc on Friday and Saturday just incase and dosed with prime. I dosed about .15 of flourish two days before I added the shrimp. Temps have been around 80.

Although their box was heavily insulated and the water did not seem cold when I received them, Iím wondering if the temps of 80 degrees had something to do with this. I did email the manufacturer so Iím waiting to hear back from them.

All that is left is a very pregnant female. Although at the rate things have been going, Iím not sure she will make it through the night.
That's really sad. I wonder what happened. If your water parameters were all at 0, that is strange. They are hardy, IMO. 80 degrees is a bit hot for them, but I'm not sure that would kill them. A better temp would be 76 degrees.

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So momma shrimp seems to be doing fine, which makes no sense to me . She is almost always hiding but I see her walk around everynow and ten she has alot of tan colored eggs on her "belly" and she fans them from time to time. Does this mean she already mated with a male? Or is it possible that she is ready now for a male but no one else is left?
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If eggs are IN the body (saddle), then they are unfertilized. If eggs are OUTSIDE of the body, they are fertilized.

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If eggs are IN the body (saddle), then they are unfertilized. If eggs are OUTSIDE of the body, they are fertilized.

That's good to know, though I've never seen eggs "in" the body, just outside, and under that area of the back end. My RCS's eggs start out green and turn a light brown color, or it could be the other way around. Too many to tell, and keep track. Be careful when you do water changes, because once they hatch they are so tiny, you may not see them.

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