Merrick Posted February 4 Share Posted February 4 PH: ~7.5 Nitrates: ~25 Hardness: ~200 Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 KH/Buffer:~180 Temp: 76F Looking for some insights as I am getting a bit frustrated not being able to pin down why my red cherry shrimp are dying off. While I don’t think this is a disease issue per se I am having a real issue keeping RCS alive. In way of background I brought 14 red cherry shrimp and some Pygmy Corys home from a LFS in Northern Virginia and 1-2 RCS have been dying every week or so. I am currently at ~6 remaining. I had set up a QT to hold the RCS and the Corys before moving both over into my main tank. The QT is a 5 gallon with a heater and a Finex clip on light. I pulled a bunch of things from the main tank for the QT including Watersprite, some Java moss, a sponge filter, some hardscape, and to start filled it with water from my main tank. I also added a thin layer of new gravel to hold some of the Watersprite down and an old heater. I have done the med trio and some water changes since the tank was set up in late December. To start with I had been feeding a mix of foods including BBS, frozen daphnia, fry food, and Hikari Shrimp Cuisine (there is some algae as well). Once the Corys came out of the QT I moved to Shrimp Cuisine and fry food. I am struggling to figure out what my misstep(s) are and wondering if folks have any suggestions/guidance? I am not seeing any sign of illness and it seems to be the larger RCS dying off. I had previously purchased 12 RCS from the same store about a year prior and placed them into my main tank (20 long) and lost all of them. I do have Amanos (did initially have about 50% attrition after getting them) in my main tank ( which is now ~2 years old) and was not positive the original batch of RCS weren’t predated in the main tank, so I have been keeping this new batch separate to isolate that variable. While they are not getting eaten clearly they are dying off. Thanks, Merrick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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