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post #1 of 3 Old 03-11-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Crystal red shrimp dying--hasn't moved in a few days

My 2g shrimp tank is about 1 month old. 3 red cherrys, 5 unexpected red cherry shrimplets, and 1 crystal red shrimp. All are thriving and the crystal (my personal favorite) was the busiest of them all. For the past three days, he hasn't moved much and honestly, didn't react at all just now when I waved something near him.

My water parameters: ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0, pH low range 7.6 or high range 7.4 (hard to gauge). Is the pH too alkaline?

I have a strong filter but the crystal never minded the current--it would always ride the current more than the others. For the past few days the ammonia was around .25 because of a snail accident but it's normal now.

The temperature is an unfortunate 86 degrees--could this be it? The tank is unheated but I think my house/the light may be heating the tank too much.

Any saving this shrimp if he's not already gone?
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-11-2014, 11:33 PM
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I think temperature combined with the ammonia spike may be the culprit. Shrimp can be incredibly sensitive to swings in parameters. Is it possible you can raise the light off the tank/keep it open top to help reduce temperature?

Only other thing I can think of is to float bags of ice to help lower the temp a good 6 or 7 degrees. You'd have to keep a good rhythm with that though to avoid large swings in temp.

Good luck and I hope he recovers!
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-12-2014, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
I can't keep the light off the tank but I'm running a fan next to the tank until I can find a better way. I did a partial water change to bring down my pH slightly (my tap water is about 7) and I read crystal reds like pH a little more acidic. Thanks very much for the tips! I'm fond of this little guy and hope I can save him!
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