What Could be causing Ghost/Glass Shrimp Death?
I bought 7 shrimp a week ago and added them to my 10 gallon tank that also has one male betta and 4 corrys. The betta is not aggressive so I know he's not the problem. 4 days ago I lost a shrimp, and now today I found another one dead, but this one has eggs. :-( Their bodies are fully intact so they have not been attacked by the other fish and I don't think my betta even knows their there. My water parameters are great and the other shrimp are active and look just fine. What could have caused these 2 deaths and how can I prevent more?
How established is your tank? What are your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels? Shrimp are very intolerant of fluctuating pollutant levels. If any of your nitrogeneous substances are out of whack they could be over stressing the shrimp and killing them. Also don't discount your other fish. They don't have to eat the shrimp to kill it. Simply investigating them a bit too hard or even driving them out of the territory, in the betta's case, could do it.
Also another point with the ghost shrimp is often times they are sold for fish food and not cared for at the shop and not in the best shape to start and ghost shrimp have a fairly short life span of 1-2 years at best. And so true about water quality, shrimp I have found are really sensitive to poor water quality and high nitrate.
If you keep a betta in the same tank you can bet your house that no shrimp will ever live more than 1-2 weeks at best.
Betta and shrimp combo is a win-win situation only for the betta.
There is also the chance that they were old but still i'd keep my eye on that betta, they are called siamese fighting fish for a reason.
Oldfishlady - great point. They are only sold as feeders here not as pets.
My betta is not aggressive. I swims with my corys and they all eat the little wafers together. Strange as it is, they even sleep in the same little huddle. :-) The shrimp are the same size as my betta (He's tiny!) as I bought the largest ones the store sold. I'll test the water to be sure though.
Good advice given so far. I think a combination of factors (poor quality shrimp in the first place, fluctuating water quality in the new tank and possibly unseen aggression) probably led to the demise of your shrimp. Hopefully over time the healthier shrimp will remain to prosper in the tank once it has settled in.
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