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Post by Colossus on Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:17 pm

ello, I've lost 2 cleaner shrimps in 3 months Sad . I don't understand why!! Question Here are my water parameters:

PH: 8.3
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20
Amonia: 0
Salt: 1.023
Temperature: 80 F

Got 1 Ocellaris clown and 1 yellow tail damsel in there off and 2 mini bluelegged hermit crabs.

The only thing I would see left checking would be the phosphates, I'm getting a test for that tonight...

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Post by BurgerKing on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:21 pm

I've read that blue legged hermit crabs are known for killing snails. But it could also be the territorial clownfish or the more aggressive damsel.


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Post by sambrinar*mod* on Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:23 pm

are you adding any elements, iodine, iodide, trace, any extra to the tank?

Are you sure they are dying?? the shrimp do molt regularly and their little exoskeletin looks like a little body.

How long has the tank been up and running?? What size tank? How much LR? Your Nitrate is a tad high, how often do you do water changes?? How big are your water changes? What kind of salt??

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Re: Cleaner shrimp problem

Post by Hipp77 on Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:05 pm

I have had shrimps and never added any iodine
The yellow tail damsel can be nasty as well. how big were the shrimp ?


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Re: Cleaner shrimp problem

Post by SATELLITE on Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:42 am

most fish might not go after a cleaner shrimp, cause of the white on them, fish see that as a help and not an enemy. unless you had a trigger or a hawk fish which might go after them. what size were the shrimp. maybe died of old age. might be a lack of fish as they are cleaners and they do eat parasites. might want to get a few more fish and get only one cleaner.

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