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Re: Shrimp troubles
Daphne Freeman wrote:
>My dead ones turned pink in shell as well. I have been adding about 5-7
>syringes (1 mL each syringe I think) of the Seachem Potassium each week to
>the 92 gallon. Granted, the Equilibrium has some (about 1 teaspoon a week)
>and potassium nitrate has some (almost 1/2 teaspoon at most once a week). I
>was having some pinholes develop and assumed deficiency.
>Walter suggested offline that iodine deficiency could be it. TMG doesn't
>have any. I considered switching to Flourish (my friendly neighborhood LFS
>called Seachem and suggested this).
Hi, Daphne. I'm sorry not to have a solution for your shrimp woes, but I
dose a considerable amount of Flourish Potassium in my 20 gallon and my
shrimp are fine. I've dosed as much as 20 ml at a time. I don't think
potassium is the problem.
In regard to testing for a possible iodine deficiency, you might consider
buying a small bottle of a trace element additive designed for fish which
contains iodine rather than dropping the TMG. I use Kent Freshwater
Essential for traces when reconstituting R/O or perking up tap water for
non-planted setups, and it contains iodine. I'm sure there are several
products which could get the job done. You can always switch to Flourish
after the TMG runs out. I just hate to see a good product go to waste :-)