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Old 06/11/2019, 02:55 PM   #1
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carbon dosing with vinegar

I have been carbon dosing with vinegar for a few weeks and my cleaner shrimp suddenly died. he was rather big, so I'm wondering if it was just his time. all fish look healthy.

anyone think it's related?

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Old 06/11/2019, 08:27 PM   #2
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Doubt its related. I think the main risk is starting the dose too quickly which can cause a bacterial "bloom" resulting in cloudy water and a low oxygen environment. Did that happen in your system? If not I'd say it was unrelated. Vinegar is the safest/weakest of the carbon dosing sources.


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Old 06/11/2019, 11:17 PM   #3
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I agree. At least some species of cleaner shrimp have a life expectancy of a few years at most in nature, and probably not that much longer in our tanks.

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Old 06/12/2019, 05:58 AM   #4
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I haven't had a bloom. Nitrates have dropped from 160 to 40 though. There is some very limited growth of a white sponge or bacteria in 2 spots in the tank. Suspect it might be a sponge since one growth is on my star polyps. havent bothered to pick it off yet.

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Old 06/12/2019, 09:42 AM   #5
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I am guessing its dies peacefully. Mine has been eating and very happy. But it just suddenly dies. Must be its age.

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a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
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