Fire shrimp dead after molting?

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  1. MichelleVDM

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    Hi there, I have a cleaner shrimp and a fire shrimp. They usually molt around the same time. So today they molted, but upon coming home I found the Fire Shrimp on the sand, looking dead. Out of fear of hurting him as I am sure his shell is still soft I just left him in the tank, hoping he is just playing dead. Anyone have this happen to them?
     
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    Let us know in the morning again if the shrimp is dead or was just in the middle of molting.

    Normally it is a iodine deficiency that causes death when shedding. Do you have a means to test for iodine?
     
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    He didn't make it. Came home to my starfish having shrimp for supper. I add Iodide to my tank every 1-2 weeks. I don't have an Iodine tester.
     
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    Sorry for the loss bud. Did just do a water change or did you have a pH swing or alkalinity change at all?
     
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    I actually did do a water change on Saturday. Could it be that?
     
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    Yes, shrimps are very sensitive to salinity and parameter changes. Hence why one needs a long acclimation time when introducing new inhabitants to your aquarium.
     
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    How long did you had the fire shrimp?
     
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    I've had the fire shrimp for just over a year
     

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