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post #1 of 11 Old 01-31-2018, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Had a male cherry shrimp die.

Nitrite is 0, Ammonia is .5. Should I do a water change?
The other shrimp in the tank seem to be ok. I got these last Friday, and I would expect the deceased was not of old age.
pH is between 6.8 and 7. Nitrates are about 15 ppm (too dark for 10; too light for 20).

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-31-2018, 07:18 PM
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I would encourage to do so, shrimp are a lot more sensitive to water conditions than other organisms (like fish). At the same time its important to note why you're having the ammonia spike in the first place.

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Thanks. I did 10%.

I can change out as much as you advise. I just didn't want to change too much. The remaining 4 that I have counted are showing no ill signs.
Would you still do additional changes? This is a 5 gallon hex. I could do 50% tomorrow as well.
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I would encourage to do so, shrimp are a lot more sensitive to water conditions than other organisms (like fish). At the same time its important to note why you're having the ammonia spike in the first place.

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I can change out as much as you advise. I just didn't want to change too much. The remaining 4 that I have counted are showing no ill signs.
Would you still do additional changes? This is a 5 gallon hex. I could do 50% tomorrow as well.
If the ammonia doesnt drop, yes I personally would regardless of the use of prime and whatnot.

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-01-2018, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Looks like it was a brief spike.

An ammonia test this morning was as close to pure yellow as I can tell. It is between 0 and .25 at most right now. Since I still have 4 bouncing around, I'll just keep a close eye on that tank.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-02-2018, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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48 hours later and I just counted 4 at the same time again. I'll continue to do daily 10% changes and monitor for a while, but the remaining ones seem very healthy and active. I have one female that is really bright red, and I think another that may have been the one that molted, so I'm very hopeful.
I got my Fluval shrimp supplement, and they do seem to like it.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-21-2018, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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I found another one dead this morning, while the remaining two are active, bright red, and seemingly with no problems. I did tests on everything.
Nitrites = 0
Nitrates =20
Ammonia =<.25
pH = 7.2
DH = 3
KH = 5
These numbers have been steady for a few weeks since it went up half a ppm on the 1st.
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I was down to my last one, so I got another 6 at Petco. These seem to be much livelier and bright red. It may be that a couple days in a dark box (my initial batch) stressed them so they were not vigorous. After adding the new batch, I was able to count seven.
Two of the new six are females already carrying eggs. One green, one clear. I'm pretty optimistic.
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So, several days later, all good news. I have seen at least six at once, and maybe the seventh one, but I feel like it has turned the corner. The inhabitants are very active, and I have sparingly given them a few Fluvial pellets (about 1 each) and boiled lettuce. They ganged up on the lettuce. I'm going to get some zucchini.
I wondered how hard this could be after seeing webpages everywhere saying they were hardy and easy. I think my first ones were stressed, and it caught up with them in my tank.
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After the dust settled, I was able to only see five at one time. I believe I had one from the original batch, plus four of the new ones. When I was at Petco, they put me on a list for amanos. I got two, and all seven are still looking good.
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