New plant in aquarium, cherry shrimps start dying!!

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New plant in aquarium, cherry shrimps start dying!!

Post by kitkat632 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:54 am

Hello everybody,

I recently added a new plant (anubias on driftwood) in my aquarium and my cherry shrimps started dying one by one. :cry: After checking out petshrimp.com, I learnt that it's probably the pesticides in my new plant that caused their death. What should I do with the plant now? Just take it out of the aquarium? I only have one aquarium, so there's nowhere else I can put it...Or should I transfer the shrimps to another smaller aquarium? Is there any way the shrimps and the plant can be put in the same aquarium? Is there any treatment for the pesticides?

Thanks a lot!

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Post by ToddnBecka » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:34 am

Water changes are about the only thing that may help.

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Post by badflash » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:43 am

I would bet it is the driftwood, not the plant. The cases where I've heard about this is where people are trimming the plant and leaving cuttings. There also was no conclusive evidents that crypts are responsible.

See viewtopic.php?t=1436

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Post by Neonshrimp » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:44 am

You should also remove the plant and driftwood. Put these in some water to dilute the toxins with daily water changes if you are set on using the plant.

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Post by bochr » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:51 am

A week ago I heard the exact same story from a danish aquarist.
She had a tank where all the shrimp began to die, after she added a Microsorum pteropus 'Windeløv' on driftwood.

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Post by kitkat632 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:32 am

Thanks guys! I'll quarantine my anubias. My poor shrimps have suffered enough.

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Post by badflash » Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:30 pm

See if you can grow tha plants on something else. I've stopped using wood all together. You never know where its been.

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Post by Neonshrimp » Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:02 pm

That is true badflash, I have had a bad experience with some so called "driftwood".

kitkat632, I forgot to say welcome and hope these tips help you with the problem :D

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Post by Shrimp&Snails » Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:42 pm

I don't have any problems with my driftwood.....I boiled it six times for around an hour each time over a period of two weeks and soaked it, changing the water daily during this time. My shrimp run all over it,nibble at it and shelter under it.

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Post by Neonshrimp » Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:55 pm

I am sure it was pretty sterile by the time you were finished with it :o

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Post by kitkat632 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:38 pm

Boiled it 6 times? :shock: Wow! I want to keep my driftwood, so maybe that's what I'll do...thanks for the suggestion Shrimp&Snails!

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Post by Rainbowfish » Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:28 pm

It's probably not the driftwood but most likely pesticides. At the AGA meeting in TN Amano stated that one should be very careful about adding new plants to any tank containing shrimp. Specifically he was talking about the Amano shrimp. Many of these plants are grown out of water and they do use pesticides on them. Anubias and Bolbitus and Java Ferns for sure. Ditto for most amazon swordplants. Sure enough right after this conference my friend deep sixed my order of shrimp with him by putting his shipment of Bolbitus in the same tank. He was puzzled as to what had happened as he had a good wholesaler, excellent weather and no problems with shrimp in the past. Then he remembered what Amano had said and it all clicked. Really, if you want to keep shrimp, fish anything aquatic you have to have a second tank so that you can quaranteen things. If you don't you're just asking for trouble.

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Post by badflash » Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:00 pm

Good points and good advice!

Anoother reason to buy home grown stuff from people you know.

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Post by luscombe » Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:29 pm

Now thats funny

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Post by badflash » Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:06 pm

luscombe wrote:Now thats funny
Huh? Why? Loads of hobiests have excess plants.

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