- Sponge filter
- 10 Gallon tank
- Java Moss
- Java Fern
I then got my water tested, PH was ~7, GH 7.2, KH 6.7. The guy who tested it said it was good parameters for my shrimp and it can't be my water's fault and that I shouldn't change anything or add calcium which I wanted to do because I read that might be the problem, so I left it as it was. I also picked up seachem prime for my water changes. Next week I did a water change using seachem prime and still I got a loss. Then I read to not do so many water changes to move it to every two weeks, so I did. Still, another two losses after a water change. The weird part about it, one or two shrimp at a time have negative effects from water changes, while the rest are grazing, calm, and behaving normally. If it were the water change, shouldn't it effect them all?
Anyway, the only other thing I can think of is that my water is trash, maybe my parameters are fine, but there must be something in it that's killing of my shrimp, because my shrimp die the moment I add anything to the tank. Also I have also been feeding my shrimp once every week, hikari crab cuisine which they sometimes eat and when they don't I take it out within an hour or so. I thought that could be the good source of calcium they needed from the failed molts they have from water changes. Weird thing about all of this is that the young ones are alive and well and some cherries are mating and having eggs. People say this is a good sign that the water parameters are great. I also have little pests like water fleas swimming around, another indicator that the water is fine.
At this point, I'm just confused and annoyed. Like I said, some shrimp are fine while others act weird. One molts perfectly, other has the white band of death. They're dying, but also reproducing, what's going on? I'm at the point where I'm about to just get RO water and condition it myself. So tips, help, anything please. Also can anyone suggest me the best conditioner for RO for cherry shrimp? I mean if this wont fix it, than I'm clueless at this point.