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Why are my Neocaridina Shrimp dying in my aquarium?

Cause of Shrimp Deaths


Poor water quality

Test water regularly and maintain appropriate levels of pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Perform regular water changes to remove toxins and contaminants.


Limit the number of shrimp in your tank and provide adequate hiding places and resources.

Inadequate diet

Feed your shrimp a balanced and nutritious diet, including algae, vegetables, and high-quality commercial foods.

Incompatible tank mates

Choose compatible tank mates or keep shrimp in a species-only tank.

Poor acclimation

Gradually acclimate shrimp to new water conditions over several hours to reduce shock and stress.

Further Understanding

If shrimp are housed with predatory fish or larger shrimp, they may fall victim to predation or harassment.

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Disease is a less common cause of death in shrimp, but can occur if they are kept in poor conditions.

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High CO2 levels or low dissolved oxygen: High levels of CO2 or low dissolved oxygen levels can cause shrimp to suffocate.


It is important to note that many times,

when shrimp die for no reason, it is simply because we are not able to detect the cause. It is important to keep a close eye on water parameters, feeding, and tank conditions to ensure the best possible environment for shrimp.

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Shrimp deaths can be a frustrating and disheartening experience for aquarists, but by understanding the common causes and taking preventative measures, you can keep your shrimp healthy and thriving in your aquascape. Remember to regularly test water quality, limit overcrowding, provide a balanced diet, choose compatible tank mates, and properly acclimate your shrimp to new water conditions. With these steps, you can enjoy the beauty and wonder of these fascinating creatures in your aquascape for years to come.