Why is my shrimp dying?

Here are some common reasons why your shrimp is dying:

  • Transportation shock
  • Improper acclimation
  • An un-cycled tank
  • High concentration of chlorine or chloramine
  • High levels of ammonia, nitrites, or nitrates
  • Suboptimal water temperature
  • Diseases, parasites, or infections
  • Stress
  • Overfeeding
  • An overcrowded tank

To keep your shrimp happy and healthy, set up and cycle the tank properly beforehand. Then, maintain tank cleanliness and monitor the water parameters regularly. Lastly, avoid housing them with aggressive tank mates.

With that said, it’s often not your fault that your shrimp is dying. Pet stores typically mistreat shrimp, causing them to be sick and stressed even before you bring them home. If your shrimp keep dying despite your best efforts, you might want to buy from a different pet store or buy from reputable local sources instead.