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  1. Hey everyone. I have a 12 gallon long and have a colony of orange cherry shrimp that have been thriving for about three months. I started with 10 shrimp and worked my way up to about 60, but I have been slowly but surely seeing a die-off this past week. I've had about one loss per day, though today I have had 3 that I can see. I estimate I have about 25 left, and I'm worried of losing the colony if I can't solve the problem. I have seen no new babies for about 2-3 weeks, and all die-off is in adults. Waters parameters (according to API liquid test kit) are: pH = 7.0-7.5 Temp = 77F Nitrates = 30 ppm Nitrites = 0 ppm Ammonia = 0 ppm gH = 5 degrees of hardness kH = 4 degrees of hardness The death conditions I'm seeing lead me to believe it is a molting issue, but I didn't think my water classified as overly soft or hard. I feed a rotation of krill flakes, algae wafers, and Hikari shrimp bites, and the tank is very well seasoned. The only other inhabitants are 1 Amano shrimp, 3 Oto cats, and 8 juvenile emerald dwarf rasboras I added literally 3 days ago. No CO2 injection, heavily planted tank with floating plant coverage on the surface. Running a sponge filter and an Aquaclear 20 HOB. Dosing all of the EZ line of products. 30% water change once a week on average. Here are some photos: Full tank Shrimp at feeding time Live shrimp that looks ready to molt (white ring of death???) Dead shrimp (with tell-tale boomerang shape) I'm considering goi ng to PetCo and getting some wondershells to toss in there. Nothing has changed in my tank in a while, and I'm honestly not sure what to try. Any help you have would be very much appreciated.
  2. Hello, all! What does a failed molt look like? And how often should I be finding exoskeletons so I know there aren’t any problems? Also, what is the difference between schooling and shoaling?
  3. The crayfish is approximately a 4.5” Australian Red Claw crayfish. I got him recently, and he was shipped to me while he was nearing the beginning of molting. This seems to have stressed him out, and he seems to be struggling to molt. He never has eaten since getting him (this month the 21st). the 22nd or 23rd, he started being less active, waving his legs around above his head, and laying somewhat lopsided on the ground. Fast-forward to the 24th til currently, and he’s been falling onto his side and waving his legs and claws around periodically. Occasionally, he gets up to walk around, and does so very clumsily, while some of his legs remain completely outstretched. Tonight, I finally got a better glimpse at him (as he’s now doing the behavior in front of me every now and again), and some of his legs are looking twisted up. I have iodine in the tank that was added a few days ago (maybe two). But I want to know if there’s anything else I can do. Should the molting process be taking this long, and is it normal to not see any progress so far? I’ve heard of people intervening, and I’m curious if that would be on the table if no progress is made by the time the molting should be done. Though I wouldn’t want to risk it, if it seemed far too dangerous or stressful compared to just leaving him be (as getting involved usually makes things worse). Here’s how he’s been looking, if that will aid in any advice. Him when he’s laying on his side (often what he’s been doing: Him when he was walking a little today:
  4. So originally I posted about my crawfish having molted and one of her claws having been stuck I was told to let her chill and get it off herself but now she picked off some of it and her meat or flesh or whatever is showing!!! Should I continue to leave her be?? I tried to help her in the beginning BUT she was WAYYYYYY to stressed to let me near her I feel I will for sure stress her to death if I even attempt to help her remove this.... First photo is hours after her molt second is today!
  5. So my crayfish molted and her claw is very much stuck I have read lots of different opinions on wear to help them get it off or leave them but this is really stuck i tried to slightly tug it to see and it isnt budging so what should I do?
  6. So my crayfish molted and her claw is very much stuck I have read lots of different opinions to help them get it off or leave them but this is really stuck i tried to slightly tug it to see and it isnt budging so what should I do? Any time I try to help her a bit she gets very stressed and flips over I don't want to stress her and kill her that way! I am so worried 😞 She is still trying to get it off and watching her struggle is breaking my heart
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