08-06-2009, 07:53 PM
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Why can't I get shrimp to stay alive?
Today I bought 3 peppermint shrimp from a great saltwater LFS I found about 20 miles away, I also got some Cerith and Astrea snails. I acclimated everything in around 2 hours, give or take 15 mins. My snails are fine, they just sat there for the first few hours but most of them are now wondering around the tank. But 2 of the 3 shrimp have already died within 8 hours of being released into the tank. The 3rd is MIA, so I'm guessing it's probably dead and stuck in a powerhead intake or something. A few weeks ago I picked up a coral banded shrimp that died after about a day. I have about 20 snails now, a mixture of nassarius, cerith, and astrea, and I have like 4 or 5 hermits, all of which are doing great. I also have a cinnamin clown and a chocolate chip starfish that have been in the tank for like a month. I don't understand why I can seem to keep anything but shrimp in this tank.
It's a 55g with 10g sump, my params are:
Ammonia: .1 or less
Now I realize that my nitrates are higher than a perfect tank, but I don't think 20 is enough to kill something within 8 hours. This is really frustrating, so if anybody has some input I would really appretiate it.