Why Are My Shrimp Dying A Checklist

Why Do My Shrimp Die ?

This is question I see daily on the various groups forum etc so I thought I would address it in a post.


The question itself is far to vague..How am I meant to know why a shrimp dies if you only give me very little information?

First thing you should rule out is poor genetics but thats not likely something we can ever test for but I mention it here because sometimes you will get shrimp dying and never find a reason, this is something you just have to accept.

You also get shrimp dying of natural cause such as age and disease just like you do in humans.

Where do you start though ?

I think you should start with the tank and systematical work your way out from there, this is something I think I might be able to do a chart for in the future so keep an eye out for it.

Lets start with the tank and then think is it safe for the shrimp.


Does the glass have any oily or sticky residue on it ?

2. Silicone

2a. Is its shrimp safe ? If its a bought tank it will more than likely be shrimp safe but if its something you have made yourself did you buy the correct silicon ?

2b. Was the tank second hand ? some chemicals can be absorbed by silicon and stay there.

The first steps are highly unlikely but its something you must consider.

So lets move on to the probables and this is where it is important that you know the species of shrimp you have because conditions are not the same for every shrimp.

3. Water

3a. What is the source ? tap, reverse osmosis, distilled , sea , lake , river , rainwater ? you get the point.


What is your water change frequency and how do you do it?

What is the temperature of the water ?

Do you have an ammonia reading ?

What is The Ph of the water ?

What is the Gh of the water ?

What is the Kh ?


If you use Reverse Osmosis water what is the TDS

What make of buffer do you use ?

4. Substrate

What substrate do you use ? because you do get bad ones.


What filtration do you use ?

6 .Cycling

Did you cycle the tank and how did you do it ?


Did you buy plants from a fish store? because they do get treated with anti snail anti algae and parasitical treatment very often, most of these are toxic to shrimp.

8. How did you acclimate the shrimp and for how long?

9 How many shrimp do you have ? overpopulating a tank to early can cause deaths.

10. How much food do you feed your shrimp and how often ?

11. aerosol and pesticide use near tank?


These are all questions you should have answers for before asking why my shrimp die or at least know some answers.

Lets break down the above into an easy copy paste format that can be used to answer the common questions and reasons behind a shrimp dying.

The My Shrimp Are Dying Checklist/ Please Answer As Many Of The Questions Below As Possible.

  1. Shrimp Type?
  2. Shrimp Amount?
  3. Shrimp Source?
  4. Tank Size?
  5. Substrate?
  6. Filtration?
  7. Water Source?
  8. Temperature?
  9. PH?
  10. GH?
  11. KH?
  12. Ammonia?
  13. Cycle Time?
  14. Feeding Type of Food And Amount?
  15. Tank Mates ?
  16. Parasites?
  17. Bacteria?
  18. Medication?
  19. Pesticides, Fly Spray ?
  20. Your Shrimp Tank Maintenance ?

Feel free to share this into groups or in emails or which ever way you like, the more you tell people the more they can help you.

please also consider reading this post that might help you stop your shrimp from dying

And this updated dosing post

Happy Shrimp Keeping