|excal88 ||08-17-2011 06:03 AM |
cherry shrimp dying, help!
Hey guys, had a few questions pertaining to the title of the thread. In my 26 gallon tank *has been established for almost 3 months now* I have quite a few cherry red shrimp. However, whenever I do a water change *10-15%* some of the shrimp die. I just did a 20% change a few days ago, and I just picked out 10 dead shrimp :( I used RO/DI water I bought from the store, added in some ultimate water treatment, let it sit in a bucket for about 30 minutes, and then added it. And now my shrimp are dying slowly :( My water parameters are all green * ammonia 0, nitrite 0* save nitrates, which are a bit higher, at 30-40 ppm *which was the reason of me doing the water change; it was actually higher before, but none of the shrimp died* I also tried letting the new water adjust to room temperature as to not do a temp shock of the tank. My pH is around 6.0-6.4, and the water that I add is at pH 6.8-7.2, so I'm pretty sure I'm not doing a pH shock either. When I add in the water, I pour it in slowly, and not all at once. Anyone have any ideas? I'm pretty bummed out as my shrimp are fun to watch, and it hurts having to pick em out one by one :( And no, they were not molting/molted shells that I saw; they were red, and turned pinkish or white. Thanks!