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I’ve got quite a few shrimp now everything has been going great until just now. I noticed one of the female shrimp has lost legs and claws I’m not expecting it to live long however I don’t know what has caused it and if it’s a disease or fungus I’ll try and get a picture of it in the morning. Does anyone have any ideas to what it is???

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1 hour ago, Hammy said:

lost legs and claws

Do you have any fish in the tank with your shrimp?

 

Lost legs and claws on a shrimp can grow back with time, unless it has lost all of it's legs & claws. In which case, it can't move or eat.

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I have heard sometimes a shrimp may lose a leg etc when moulting, and this is often because the water parameters are off! Check your water parameters and is it just one shrimp that you can see this has happened too! As JayC states, they usually grow back, as long as it can move around and eat. If you can get a photo that may help.

Did you get any fish in the end?

Hope the recent storms didn't cause you any problems!

 

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I did get some affins but that’s all and yeah it’s just the one that I can see I’ll have another real good look today. And get a picture as well. Thanks for getting back to me. No the storms didn’t effect us just a little wet as per usual at this time of year. 

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So I’ve done a really good check of all the shrimp and it was just that one that had issues from what I can see. When I checked her this morning she was on her back and an hour later she was dead so i removed her to get a picture to show and left it in a jug while I did other stuff it must have been an hour when I realised I hadn’t flushed the dead one anyways I had noticed that on the other side of the shrimp had started turning red as you can see from the picture. Do you think it’s anything to be concerned about. B3CACAA0-CC52-4E8B-BBC7-9A5E0C236C02.jpeg.60690a28e77957f0ec2cd7727ceba2d4.jpegC77033BE-6927-4E1B-8B23-BB6C7254324D.jpeg.d29795ff10f1b858f8749d9c60831d9b.jpeg

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Dead shrimp will loose their colour and turn that orange. Nothing to be worried about.

If more deaths occur, then there might be a problem.

GH/KH is 198-200 ??

GH & KH isn't normally the same. What unit of measurement is that (ppi, dGh) ?

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As JayC says, dead shrimp often change colour so I wouldn't worry too much about that at this stage, and at least you have removed it to be safer!

I assume the test kit yu have is a german one where 1 usual reading is 17.5 or 19 (can't remember which). GH and Kh are different readings so it is very unlikely they would both be the same. Which ever reading it is is way off, over 10, can you do the usual set of tests PH (done and ok), GH, KH, TDS?

What water source are you using?

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Sorry I haven’t gotten a full test kit I meant the tds I think that’s 198-200 I’ve ordered a full test kit so I can check out those Other factors. I was using rain water at the start but wasn’t getting enough during summer so I started using tap water with the prime. I live in Scotland our tap water is very clean and not so much chemicals in it apparently.  I’ve had just a couple of deaths since I got everything set and was expecting to after I started doing it wrong you guys got me sorted with my ammonia issue, then everything was/is going great as I said only a couple of deaths weeks apart so I put it down to the ammonia poisoning or possibly a failed malt but seeing the shrimp trying to move with only a few legs kinda made me go what oh no hope there’s no issue I need to consult the pros. 

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I remember scotlands water as very clean and soft, it may not have chlorine in it even, but best to treat just in case.

That TDS is perfect! That looks a fairly large shrimp anyway and they only live 1-2 years so you will get deaths now and again (they are probably aready nearly 6 months when you buy them).

It is good to have the full test set and check that as/when and/or every 3-4 months! The tests usually last for years so after the initial costs they aren't all that costly!

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Yeah they do cost a bit but as you say they will last a good while so not to bad. I think I just freaked out a little when I saw she only had about half her legs. I’m guessing that they will/could lose some legs during their mating. 

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10 hours ago, Hammy said:

I meant the tds I think that’s 198-200

That makes more sense, and as Simon said, it's the perfect TDS reading for shrimps.

 

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