Jump to content

Help! Is this rust?


becky

Recommended Posts

Just got an already setup tank someone was selling, stated there was "a" blue shrimp in it, turns out there were five adults and 4 babies. One blue guy bit it this morning, I'm trying to make sure the others make it. 3g tank, plants and sand sub. Water temp was hovering around 66° yesterday, we keep it cold in our house, so i added a second tiny heater, spiked to 78° but stabilized at 74°. Then the blue bit it. So i was inspecting the shrimps and the amano has gotten redder/pinker and what i thought was a gold line down one if the shrimps backs kind of neocardinia-like may be rust?? Velvet?? I just want to be a good shrimp mama but im new to this 😬 its possible i overfed them for a hot second and that could have been what killed the blue. Also i don't have any tests at the moment, please dont yell at me for not knowing water parameters 😅

Added pics of possibly infected mama. 

 

 

PXL_20221117_043752801~2.jpg

Edited by becky
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

That's not rust disease. 

It has a unique colouration, but that's all it is.

I'd keep the new shrimp at that colder temp of 66F, rather than heat the tank. Shrimp prefer the cold.

Has the tank been cycled? 

 

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

As per JayC, that is part of its colour, some call it a 'go faster stripe' and it looks really great and I don't see anything to worry about. The shrimp that died may have been the increase in temperature from 66 to 78 as I imagine that happened quite quickly in such a small tank (although they would usually be ok at 78), so may have stressed that shrimp too much! Hopefully the other shrimp will be ok but keep an eye on them. Also as per JayC, the shrimp should be fine at 66 degrees.

Foodwise, you really shouldn't need much, maybe none, with so few shrimps, so if you are feeding bear that in mind, you should just probably feed very little every now and then AS A TREAT as there should be enough biofilm in the tank. You need to revisit this when the colony grows of course. Often shrimp will make a bee line for added food IF they are hungry but show little interest in added food if they aren't hungry as there is enough biofilm.

Welcome to the forum by the way!

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Great! That's what i initially thought about the color but i was afraid that the shrimp would get sick and then everyone would go. "Of course it's an infection, its gold stripe disease, rare and fatal if left untreated! Why did you wait!!" haha. i did read jayc's very thorough post and i appreciate him, i guess i just wanted confirmation. Idk how well they were taken care of before the weekend. Let's hope the gold strike carries through to the shrimplets 

 

Thanks again! 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oh and yes the tank was cycled when i got it but im not sure to what degree it was maintained, the woman had young kids and it was being sold cause of upkeep difficulty. I also unfortunately had to do a massive water change bc they dropped 50% of the water out for transport and i read small changes are better

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Join Our Community!

    Register today, ask questions and share your shrimp and fish tank experiences with us!

  • Must Read SKF Articles

  • Posts

    • sdlTBfanUK
      I have just done the planned weekly maintenance and 10% water change and everything 'seems' to be going very well, I saw 12 blue and 9 panda shrimps so am very happy about that as there are always some hiding (and they are small) so there must be more than that at this point. Early days yet (especially with the off parameters) with the blues only been in the tank for a week and the pandas for 2 weeks. Not seen any dead ones yet and the shrimp seem happy enough and beautiful colour and pattern, all small so must be young! Parameters were TDS 159, GH 7-8, KH 1-2, PH 7 yesterday so still a bit off the usual ideal! Hopefully these figures come down slowly in time, I used pure RO water for the water change so Tds should drop 10. I will get a different PH test kit with a narrower range/increments as the one I have measures in .5 increments over a wide range which is probably a bit much. I bought these shrimp because the sellers parameters (PH 6.8) were the closest to mine so hopefully it will work out long term. I changed my zerowater filter as well, as the old one was measuring TDS 6 so passed its best. I will definitely overnight drip acclimate shrimp in the future, not that I plan any more in the forseeable future. I will add/edit photo when available, hopefully later today.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      All done now, I drip acclimated 11 blue bolts and 6 blue steel overnight and they are now in the tank so now is just wait and see if this works. 28 shrimps have now been put in and I have yet to SEE a dead one so fingers crossed! A couple of pictures of some below; I don't plan on buying any more shrimp so plan this to be a blue shrimp tank, though if it doesn't work out I have seen some female bettas I would like, but hopefully the shrimps will work out. The water parameters are still the same as before, so a bit off! I need to sort out what foods and shrimp stuff I have in the drawers and cupboard tomorrow as it's been a while, hopefully I find a shrimp lolly so I can give them one/part of those tomorrow, and it may bring as many of the shrimps out as possible.  Fingers crossed everyone...........  
    • NoGi
    • jayc
      LoL. Just look back at old posts on the forum.  
    • NoGi
      New, when i left i shut down everything. This is my first tank back. I've forgotten so much lol
×
×
  • Create New...