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Old 06-25-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Cleaner Shrimp is missing!

I added a Bartlett's Anthias on Saturday and haven't seen my shrimp since. Any ideas on what might have happened? I have searched the entire tank and cant find him. He molted on Friday night and when i got up Saturday morning i saw him and his old shell. I am really stumped here. Do you think the Anthias had anything to do with it?
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No way the Anthias or any of your stock would mess with it unless it died from the stress of molting. Typically my shrimp will hide for 3-5 days (how long it takes the new shell to harden) which is easy to avoid detection in lr. If you don't see it after a week then it's probably gone but till then it's nothing to worry about.
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Ok. I will wait. I am kinda worried. I really love my shrimp. I would hate to get a new one and not have the same personality as my "Young Joc".
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I agree with Micah. When mine molt they dissapear for several days. I have bartlett`s anthias and they have never bothered my shrimp. Hopefully he`ll show up soon.
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ok Thanks guys. If he doesnt appear by Thursday i am going to start worrying. I would hate to tear my tank apart to look for him
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Why tear the tank apart to look for it? if its dead is free food for the tank if you have a clean up crew.
How many fish do you have in that tank now? It seems like your adding a fish a week? Just worried about over stocking..
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I agree , Dont tear the tank up. It`s not worth it. Hopefully he will be OK but if not as mentioned earlier your clean up crew will take care of it.
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I was surprised how efficient clean up crews were. I had a chalk goby go missing. I hadnt seen him for 24 hours and he was a very active chap normally, so I lifted the small peice of LR that he lived under and all that was left of him was a skeleton imprinted to the rook. Stripped bare 8O

It was quite freaky.
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Well, looking around the tank yesterday my wife noticed a dead Turbo snail. I went over to look and sure enough it was on its side dead. i pulled it out and the first thing i thought was "let me check my water levels". Sure enough there had been a small rise in ammonia. .2 to be exact. Nitrates were about 10 and nitrites just above 0. I think that if my snail is dead then my cleaner shrimp must be if he doesnt come out within the next few days. I am waiting for my Purigen to get here so i can drop it in the sump.
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I would do a PWC ASAP to get those levels down.
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