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    Hi, I'm new to shrimp and recently added some blue pearl shrimp to my tank that I've had running 1 year. It's 5 gallons and planted. I drip accommodated them over an hour from TDS 320 to TDS 157, not sure what the other reading were i didn't take them. Temp around 68.

    Anyway, all of them were fine for 2 weeks and then i wake up to three dead and one had turned a milky white color. The only thing I did different was dosing a little phosphates for the plants.

    One more dead today and now i have 2 white ones, the rest have good color and the dead ones weren't white. They seem less active overall from when I first added them. I added an air stone because the HOB filter doesn't move the surface much.

    I have flora max substrate and a piece of driftwood i got from the lake and cleaned well. I used algaefix in the tank when i first set it up but that was almost a year ago. I feed them 3 times a week.

    Readings in the tank are as follows:
    Gh 8
    Kh 9
    Ph 8.2
    Nh4 0
    No2 0
    No3 0
    TDS 157
    Temp 73

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    Sorry for your loss

    Looks like the dosing is the culprit..
    Btw how the ph is 8.2 and tds is 157? Ideally ph should also be low isnt it?
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    No more dead that i can see, so fingers crossed.

    My ph is 7.8 out of the tap but always settles to 8.2 in all my tanks. TDS is 201 but I'm mixing it with ro water for shrimp tank because gh and kh are 16. But it doesn't lower my ph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyana View Post
    No more dead that i can see, so fingers crossed.

    My ph is 7.8 out of the tap but always settles to 8.2 in all my tanks. TDS is 201 but I'm mixing it with ro water for shrimp tank because gh and kh are 16. But it doesn't lower my ph.
    I'm trying to help.

    Do You have snails in Your tanks ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleeon View Post
    I'm trying to help.

    Do You have snails in Your tanks ?

    Yeah, tiny pond snails hitchhiked with some plants i added before the shrimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyana View Post
    Yeah, tiny pond snails hitchhiked with some plants i added before the shrimp.
    this just My analyze based from experience, but maybe not accurate with Your aquarium condition, accumulated from the snails shell from the one which was died, can increase the ph of water significantly, makes the water become harder, You can soften use dried leave or maybe with the help from aquatic plant like egeria densa. Hope can give little help

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    The ph is 8.2 in the tanks without snails too, but I'll keep that it mind

    Had some more shrimp die, the small ones. I'm stumped. Is 8.2 ph too high for them?

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    I don't know yet, We have several tanks here with ph around 7.8 - 8, but the neocaridina shrimp have berried well.

    but for more than 8.2, I suggest You try down the ph with dried leaves, all leaves from big tree and with big leaves (if You can find it), to Your tanks with high ph.

    I ever read some aquatic plant like egeria densa can softer the water too and it fast growing plant

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    I have some oak leaves I tried for crafts, I'll try adding a couple and see what happens. I heard they like to eat on the leaves so I'm sure they won't hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyana View Post
    I have some oak leaves I tried for crafts, I'll try adding a couple and see what happens. I heard they like to eat on the leaves so I'm sure they won't hard.
    good luck. luckily, yesterday I was bought some neocaridina shrimp and the Seller give Me some egeria densa for free, I will wait around 2 weeks, is it really that plant can softer the water ???

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