Why do my amano shrimp keep dying?

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So you just set up a brand new planted tank and bought ten (or twenty) freshwater shrimp. You put them in their home, but over the next few days/weeks they start perishing… one by ones! What’s happening?

It turns out that even though these little guys are hardy enough to survive most things in aquariums – including water changes or when fed too much food- there is still something else about your setup which will kill it off if not careful: temperature fluctuations . The best way around this problem would be having an external filter system where air can flow freely from room.

Don’t give up on keeping these colorful critters just yet! I have a few ideas that may help, and they’re all pretty simple. The first thing you should do when feeding them is check the water quality- if there’s anything in it or on top of your shrimp (like dead plantlife), then remove this immediately because those things will hurt their little hearts/gills over time so don’t let any fishy smells come into contact with yours either; also make sure not too many other animals visit during meal times since some might try to take advantage while others look after their own interests by eating first before anyone else does… but most importantly:


When you’re looking to buy a new tank, there are some things that should be considered. How old is the fish in your current home? Have they had any problems with their water quality or temperature over time and if so how did those issues arise? Is this an aquarium that will stay indoors permanently or can it go outside on occasion as well do enjoy nature’s fresh air too!
2) Take note of what type of setup has been used before-whether décor wise (the way light shines through), around filter placement etc…This helps us give better advice when helping out our customers because we know

  • Second-hand tanks: If you bought your tank off of an online marketplace, local selling forum or even from a friend who kept it as their fish tank; here’s something to consider.
    First off check if the silicone is actually colored evenly throughout and not tinted at all (which could indicate medication). Silent stains may be lurking too – these happen when pores beneath surface film act like tiny vacuum cleaners devouring anything trapped under them including bacteria species unique only found in this environment! But don’t worry.
  • New AND second-hand tanks: Whether your tank is used or brand new, you should always make sure to clean it using the right products for this task. If you decide on something that’s not specifically designed with fish in mind (like dish soap), be aware of how dangerous its toxic fumes can actually become when they’re absorbed by silicone surfaces like these!

The easiest way to safely clean your tank is by scraping any residue, rinsing with salt or vinegar and then pouring bleach until there’s no trace left. You can also use a solution made from 1/2 cup household cleaners (like washing up liquid) mixed in 16 cups of water make sure you mix it well before using!


Chlorine is used to disinfect water for human consumption, but not safe of course. There are many types that can be gas-induced or have other processes in place depending on where you live some require 24 hours while others will need more time like iron removal before they’re good enough just chlorine alone which doesn’t work well at all with chloramine present! The best way I’ve found so far? Use a specific dechlorinator designed only towards removing both toxins without any other chemicals whatsoever; this helps me avoid adding more problems onto an already stressful situation by getting rid off what’s really making things worse instead.

Luckily, there are ways to make sure that your water is safe. If you want the most assurance possible then use a Reverse Osmosis Filter which will remove all harmful compounds from it and since this installation must be done by professionals in most cases (though some homes have them), just know that they’re available for those who need them!


We all know that shrimp need a well established tank with algae and biofilm to munch on. But it’s also important for them not just at the beginning of their life, but even once you have cycle established! That’s why patience will be key when adding these little guys into your home they appreciate having some time in order make themselves comfortable so don’t rush out buying more than one or two if possible until things are going smoothly already . You can add supplements like bacteria which help speed up growth by breaking down organic matter found within water certified as clean enough.


It is important to give your shrimp some time before adding them into an already fully-cycled tank. Biofilm, or bacteria that lives on surfaces like rocks and wood in water systems can be converted into food by unwanted species such as algae; this process takes place through what’s called “biofiltration.” Giving the system more nutrients will help encourage these organisms which provide essential vitamins for both fish AND crustaceans!

When you import your shrimp from overseas, it is more likely than not that they will come with or develop usually-rare diseases like parasites and fungal infections. This makes choosing locally bred copies close by worth while as these are less stressed due to being kept in better conditions which lead them into acclimating quicker without any deaths occurring during shipping! However there’s always a chance one won’t make it past his/her first birthday because of unfortunate genes so don’t worry too much if this happens just keep on waiting for another healthy shrimp who has been born lucky enough compared against others ́round here!!


Shrimp are adaptable creatures, but they do not like sudden changes. To slowly acclimate your new shrimp friend you should use the drip method:
1) Pour both their water and yours into a container; set up an airline hose from this aquarium to another one containing only saltwater (or other fluids), with no air bubbles mixed in at all if there are any then stop right away!  It’s important that these two containers have different pH levels or else it could cause injury


If you want to keep your shrimp happy and healthy, don’t do sudden large water changes. Rather than doing an all at once shift in the aquarium’s inhabitants which can lead them into shock or even worse death; try sneaking up on these adjustments by making more frequent smaller ones for example: dropping 1 millilitre at a time every day will bring about exactly what we’re looking foreshadowed without any negative consequences!


The phenomenon of a “white ring” around shrimp is real and occurs when they lack key elements to their health. The cause can be too large water changes, poor diet or wrong parameters (GH/KH). When this happens it makes doing molts more difficult which may lead them stuck while trying break out; some will die during these processes as well due its size limitations so make sure you know what your going into before making any major changes!


The best way to keep your shrimp happy and healthy is by making sure that the plants you get are not full of pesticides. Many people think they’re safe when buying aquatic plant material, but this can be dangerous for our little friends! If a fish store sells them without treating their snails (which often times happen), then there might be some pesky little creatures living in those waters and let me tell ya…Copper shines bright as one bad boy killer substance right? So don’t buy anything unless I say so myself- quarantine any new arrivals first just incase.

How to Quarantine Your Aquatic Plants:
It is important that you quarantine new plants for 5 days prior before adding them into an aquarium. To do so, immerse the plant in a bucket of clean water and then add Seachem Prime (or other similar products) following suit per instructions on their packaging this will help prevent pesticides from harming your shrimp! After completing these steps carefully with proper timing it should be safe Now rinse off all excess liquid residue left behind after quarantining pets.

The best way to avoid a doh! moment is by being careful where you spray. Make sure your hands are clean before approaching any shrimp tank and never use aerosols near the water because they can absorb quickly into it.


One of the great joys in life is watching your little shrimp friends excitedly munching up food. However, if you feed too often or give them an excess amount this can lead to waste that fouls water and raises ammonia levels which goes back on having proper biofilm/algae growth within their tank so they only require occasional sparing fedings when plenty are present already!
As far as population issues go; It really depends what kind we’re talking about here: some tanks may be overpopulated without any problem while others might not hold enoughspecifially because either.

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