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kaedeb 03-17-2013 05:37 PM

Ghost Shrimp
Might as well get on a role with these questions, i had 5 glass shrimp. They were doing very well but one week later one died. I let the others eat the shrimp and my fish to, but the next week another died. And soon after the next. i have 2 female shrimp now in a 10 gallon hard water tank with 4 guppies and 2 kuhli loaches, whats wrong?

fish keeper 2013 03-17-2013 06:23 PM

Did you test your water for ammonia nitrites and nitrates? If you don't have a test kit you can take it to a store most stores will test your water for you for a small fee or free. Also, they just died? Do they have any visible signs of illness? Or they just randomly collapse?

fish keeper 2013 03-17-2013 06:27 PM

oh yeah,

Welcome to TFK! :wave:

kaedeb 03-17-2013 07:19 PM

I dont see them "Collapse" i come back home and i see a dead shrimp, white and all. yes i know its the shrimp and not the shedding. Unless i cant find 3 shrimp in a 10 gallon tank. And thank you.

thekoimaiden 03-18-2013 12:47 PM

Welcome to the forum!

Ghost shrimp are almost entirely collected from the wild. Sometimes the stress of shipping is just too much, and they are close to death even before they get in your tank. Never buy ones at the store that are lethargic; always go for ones that are active.

In general, shrimp have a much higher mortality than fish when they are first introduced into an aquarium. It's not uncommon to lose a couple when you put a group in your tank. Every time I've introduced shrimp from another place into my tanks, I've lost a few. Shrimp are just fragile. You certainly should test your water for ammonia or nitrite as almost any spike in these will kill shrimps. At least ghost shrimp are cheap, tho.

jaysee 03-18-2013 01:10 PM

I agree, I've always had a preliminary die off with ghost shrimp.

seren haf 03-18-2013 05:57 PM

I got three ghost shrimp last week and they are still alive. However I am not entirely sure they are ghost shrimp as they keep changing colour. It may be what they are eating but I have never heard of this before. They have gone from clear, to cloudy blue, to brown, to pink, to blue again and now red like cherries. They are not "ill" and dying and seem to be happy living in my floating plants.

Does anyone have any ideas on this?

My conclusion is that they may be wild (cherry) shrimp but if anyone can give me any ideas on them I would be most grateful :)

kaedeb 03-18-2013 08:08 PM

Hmm that happened to me to, when i got my shrimp they were bluish, then now i notice with my last two shrimp they have redish bands on them, anyone know about this?

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