major shrimp deaths

TK_09
TK_09 Member Posts: 312
edited December 2009 in Emergency Room
umm peoples i have a big problem i woke up this morning and all of my shrimp are dead excet for 3 so far and the ottos ar fine

i did do a waterchange yesterday but they seemed fine when i put them back in because i also re did the tank so tey were all out

have they died from stress?

or is it something else

just so you's know i found them all dead on the bottom of the tank and the survivers were on the thermometer and the top of the heater

and i did put sand in from my old tank

sorry guys for not making much sense but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

thanks

Comments

  • STFA_Striker
    STFA_Striker Member, Classifieds Posts: 346
    I dont know a hell of a lot about shrimp but i would suggest adding the sand has made a change too dramatic for the shrimp to handle in one go. Possible changes in ph etc.

    I would like to put some natural shell grit into my tanks to assist in stabilising ph but not sure if it will make too big of a change for my fish to handle in one go
  • TK_09
    TK_09 Member Posts: 312
    yeah that is what i am thinking and now the remaining 3 are dead as well but the ottos are fine <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: --> <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: --> <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: --> <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: -->
  • Isabelle
    Isabelle Member Posts: 953
    Sorry to hear the news Tyler.

    I've discovered after lots of advice that you can't just do an ordinary water change with shrimp. They're too sensitive. So I have a bucket of water sitting around aging and when I do a WC not only do I use the aged water but I put water conditioner in as well. I had major losses from the 2 batches I received from Jen but enough survived to get things going again. They died slowly over time - not nice to watch! But they're all ok now. Hope your survivors keep on surviving TK.

    Plus Jen's tanks are in 24/7 aircon and mine are not so we think water temp had a lot to do with it as well.
  • TK_09
    TK_09 Member Posts: 312
    umm ok cool i think it was because the water i put in was too different so they couldn't adjust because when i tested the water before it was down to 6.4ph so that is probably it so if they de they die ill just have to get the water back up to 7 and kepp it there for a while before i buy anymore at least it will give the plants time to grow and the ottos are still fine thank you for your help guys

    lucky i didnt get any crystal shrimp yet lol
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Sorry to hear Tyler <!-- s:sad: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":sad:" title="Sad" /><!-- s:sad: -->
    Devastating news actually, sounds like the inclusion of the sand has altered the water chemistry all right. <!-- sthumbdown: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_thumbdown.gif" alt="thumbdown:" title="thumbdown" /><!-- sthumbdown: --> Shrimp are sensitive to altered water temps, ammonias, NitrItes, nitAtes & pH .
    If your getting any more, I would suggest you do a whole lot more research about the care of shrimp <!-- s:thumbright: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_thumright.gif" alt=":thumbright:" title="thumbright" /><!-- s:thumbright: --> also different shrimp often need different water conditions also..
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  • tin
    tin Moderator Posts: 529
    My shrimp have almost all died too... I suspect dramatic changes in temperature. I haven't got a proper heater in there at the moment, so the temps go from about 20 if I run the air con to about 30 when it's off during a hot day.

    I've got a heater on order, and will be moving my shrimp to a bigger tank, so hopefully that'll help my few remaining survivors (I think there's 1 blue shrimp and 1 glass left <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->).
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    OH noooo Thats a real shame... <!-- s:sad: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":sad:" title="Sad" /><!-- s:sad: --> <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: -->
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