February 22, 2019 at 2:53 pm #5962elfreda4e_bgafopParticipant
Checked the tank over last night, all is fine.
This morning i noticed only one cleaner shrimp came out to feed. I left it too it thinking it might of been sulking or molting somewhere.
Early evening still no sign of him, so i inspected further, moved some rockwork around(i needed to do this anyway – i’ve just been putting it off)
I found 3 dead hermit crabs with empty shells next to them and cleaner shrimp, all slightly been eaten by other hermits/shrimp – otherwise the cleaner shrimp looked like it had died fairly recently, half the eggs out and the back legs wrapped around them – i have removed all of them from the tank.
I am absolutely gutted, i know its “only” a cleaner shrimp and some hermits but yeah… First tank marine tank.
My params are good(i think)
Nitrate – 15ppm
My Corals are all open, Goniopora, Torch, Zoas, Mushrooms.
Should i do an emergency water change?
Should i expect an ammonia spike?
I have ran out of Ammonia tests so i will pick one up tomorrow – and test ASAPFebruary 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm #5976mr.piterParticipant
I dont think so, Gold head sleeper Goby, 3 green chromies and another cleaner shrimp. Thats all my livestock apart from corals.
Tank is approx 6months old
I have got a couple of aiptasia’s popping up that i need to get rid of?February 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm #5991colins_barkerParticipant
Are your nitrates usually that high? If not it might be the back end of an ammonia spike which you might not detect a couple of days later with ammonia test.
It won’t hurt to change water, may be worth preserving a sample of current water though to test ammonia when you get a kit?February 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm #6002jimnormapalmerParticipant
Id love a mantis only tank! They are fascinating!
I haven’t seen any hitchikers, apart from the od bristle worm and aiptasia.
Nothing new has gone into the tank in past month apart from some coral frags that i dipped before.
Im gutted about the cleaner as my lil boy(7) got them for me for my birthday beginning of december, he loves them and i love them! But i will have to break the news to him in the morning…
i remember when i lost a really pretty gourami out of one of my tropical tanks… Cried his eyes out bless him… He was more attached to these shrimps though as they where from him!
I will do some checks tomorrow once i have picked up a few more kits and ill put a barrel on mix tonight.
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