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    Help with shrimp tank

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    Hi guys, I'm new to shrimp keeping.

    Recently set up my planted tank and cycled it for about a week, tested to see if everything is ok, did a 50% water change before ackimating and putting in the shrimps,. These shrimps were from a worm infested tank with no substrate. Had worms might be because of bacter ae and also my wife and daughter overfeeding.. I cleared the worms by filtering them out over organic no bleach tissue. 1 week into the new tank, they started dying.. on closer inspection the shrimplets innards are pinkish, can't really see on the adult shrimps. I read on google that it's a bacterial infection of micrococci and when I see pink, it's probably far too gone to help with treatment.. Hope someone can shed some light as to what is happening with them and possible cures or its something I didn't do right. Substrate is Gex shrimp and plants.

    My water parameters

    Ammonia 0
    Nitrate 0
    Nitrite 5.0ppm
    Ph 6.6

    Attached photos of my tank and the worms which I cleared. Googled the worms and it seems like detritus worms. Roast me for not keeping the hatchery properly.. I'm sorry..

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    Hi there,
    Currently, you can dose it with non-copper medicine (though i don't remember seeing any shrimp medicine before) and monitor them. Take note if there are anymore infection in the healthy ones. Unfortunately, prevention is better than cure in shrimps. I also think that it is more cost effective to restart your shrimp colony. Do clean up the tank to prevent linger bacterial infection!
    It is hard to know what went wrong without knowing the situation in the worm infested tank. Although hardy, neocaridina do not like water parameters changes especially temperature. Some people do drip acclimatization for shrimps (ultimate fail-safe method in my opinion). When i used to keep neocaridina, i just float the bag of shrimps in water for 30-60 min then scope them out and put them in my tank.
    Every tank with substrate probably have detritus worms. When you can see them means they are breeding like crazy due to overfeeding. You can feed the detritus worms to most fishes actually.

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    Ic, I do drip acclimatization for all of them. Maybe I'll start by doing water changes everyday. Or add some hydrogen peroxide..

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    No dont add hydrogen peroxide.
    I had this before.Immediately dispose of shrimp that have the symptoms.They wont make it.Make sure u clean out yr tanks and use indian almond leaves. High temp here in sg plus overfeeding def will cause disaster.
    I had a whole colony except one wiped out by this.(100+)
    Mosquito rasbora will eat the worms otherwise no planaria might work. Planaria=worm??
    If want to try medication do it in a seperate tank.

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    Is Indian almond leaves ketapang leaves for Bettas?

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    Quote Originally Posted by zong021 View Post
    Hi there,
    Currently, you can dose it with non-copper medicine (though i don't remember seeing any shrimp medicine before) and monitor them. Take note if there are anymore infection in the healthy ones. Unfortunately, prevention is better than cure in shrimps. I also think that it is more cost effective to restart your shrimp colony. Do clean up the tank to prevent linger bacterial infection!
    It is hard to know what went wrong without knowing the situation in the worm infested tank. Although hardy, neocaridina do not like water parameters changes especially temperature. Some people do drip acclimatization for shrimps (ultimate fail-safe method in my opinion). When i used to keep neocaridina, i just float the bag of shrimps in water for 30-60 min then scope them out and put them in my tank.
    Every tank with substrate probably have detritus worms. When you can see them means they are breeding like crazy due to overfeeding. You can feed the detritus worms to most fishes actually.
    Unfortunately, I can't see the innards if the adults. So just doing large water changes close to the current water parameters for the time being. Well good news is that no shrimps passed on today. Will monitor and update as the days goes by

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    yep ketapang leaves.The shrimps love to graze on it and has anti fungal as well as anti bacterial effects.generally for mine it starts out as a white line at the gut area in abdomen.So sorry for the late reply!

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    Thank you all for the information! I will try to add half a leaf on the next water change. After a few days, only 1 more passed on and it's a big one. I hope it's just due to age. Have seen quite a bit of melting by several shrimps. So hope all is well!

    By the way, anyone have readings on their Singapore tap water parameters? Mine seems to be very weird.

    Ph - 8.4
    Ammonia - 2.0ppm
    Nitrite - 1.0ppm
    Nitrate - 20ppm

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    U used API master test kit?Ammonia rlly high.Ph on high side also but our tap water is alkaline.

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    Yeah it's the API freshwater master test kit. I was surprised at the results too.

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetxx View Post
    Yeah it's the API freshwater master test kit. I was surprised at the results too.

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    Did you use anti chlorine or no?Where do you live?I have the same prob again too after clearing out the tank last time I wonder if they came with the shrimp 1+1 package.

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    Yeah I do use anti chlorine. I live in Tampines area. The new development side. What's shrimp 1+1 package?

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    Re: Help with shrimp tank

    Shrimp with disease lol.Did u test after using anti chlorine?

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