Aquatic Athlete Posted October 31, 2017 Report Share Posted October 31, 2017 Every few days i come home to a single dead shrimp. never multiple deaths on the same day. 29 gallon. 45g HOB filter with sponge over intake. 30" Finnex Planted 24/7 SE on max for 14 hour photo period Moderate- heavily planted. Plants are growing well. over the last 2-3 weeks, absolutely no ammonia, nitrites or nitrate issues. You can see various microorganisms in the water. Cyclops and who knows what else can be occasionally seen flittering around the tank. Original inhabitants: 7 Orange Neocaridina shrimp. 6 Otocinclus cats About a week goes by, no shrimp deaths. 1 shrimp died. About 5 days later, another death. About a week goes by, and no deaths and no intolerable water chem changes. A few days later, i buy 2 more orange neos. 1 male, 1 berried female. I slow drip acclimate them over 2 hours. They area both eating and active. Another week goes by and i find 1 dead, looks like he crawled into a crevice and got stuck.. or went there to die... couldn't get him, he was in a tiny tunnel he found that went way down into the substrate. I buried him there, its under some plants so i'm sure it'll be used.. (can one shrimp decomposing under the soil be dangerous in such a high water volume with no negative test readings?) One of the original... 2 days later, ( this morning. I get up, count the shrimp. I see all 6 of them, including the berried shrimp, everyone is fine. They are grazing. its been a few days since feeding, i feed the entire tank, 2 Hikari crab cuisine pellets. ) I leave for 5 hours and fine 1 dead. What the heck is happening? Why not a mass die off? why 1 every now and then. All deaths have been from the original 7 which were a semi-painted grade of orange, bought from petco as "Orange Bee " shrimp. Website said Neocaridina and so did the online community. My water quality as of last night: Ammonia 0ppm Nitrites: 0ppm Nitrates: 0ppm Water temp 77F dKH 5 dGH 5PH 6.9-7.0 No co2 dosing Any suggestions? What is normal shrimp behavior? Where am i going wrong? Its becoming increasingly frustrating to have things seem like they're going right and then to have a sudden unexpected death. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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