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Old 10-30-2007, 12:08 PM   #1
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Red Blood Shrimp

I added the above to my tank 5 days ago (10G nano, slow acclimate over 2 hours), but he just hides behind the same rock all day, clinging upside down on it.

He sometimes comes out for a couple of minutes at a time late at night, but I barely see him. So, consequently I'm worried he's not getting enough/any food.

Should I target feed him? And what can I do to encourage him to not hide as much?!
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:18 PM   #2
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what else is in the tank?
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:33 PM   #3
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From what I've heard this is what they do. I have a couple of Shrimp (peppermints) and they only come out to feed during the day. At night they come out with all the other night crawlers . I've read that this is the same for the blood shrimps. As Hara has asked, what else do you have in the tank?
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Mark, can you update "my profile" with your tank specs, critters and such we will be more able to help you.
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Individually, they are shy. Sounds about right to me. What do you feed your critters? I like to drop a few pellets of food from time to time. He'll find'm.
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I've got an Ocellaris clown (wild caught) and a magenta dotty back (strawberry gramma). Also 2 red hermit crabs, 2 blue, and 2 turbo snails.

I know that the dottyback can cause problems for shrimp, but I put the shrimp in first, and I've been watching them closely. Even when the shrimp comes out, the dottyback doesn't go for him or anything.

I don't specifically feed my crabs/shrimp, but I'll get some pellet food so it can lie on the bottom - good idea!

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It doesn't have to be pellets. My shrimp eat practically anything I put in the tank as long as they can get to it. I feed pellets once or twice a week, flakes once a week, and a mixture of different fish/shrimp/scallops every other day. When it hits the sand they make a b-line to it and pull it back to their cave.
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I have 3 fire shrimp. They hide for days at a time, and then hang out other times. One of them remained hidden for 2 months, now he's out all the time. Just give it time.
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I use a gel based food for my bottom dwellers, so it sinks, but they will be able to get the other food the fish miss.
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Thanks for all the responses guys, really appreciate it.

I think I'll give the pellets a go, as they'll sink, and I can target them to the general area the shrimp currently stays in.

As I've got a nano, I'm very careful with feeding, so only feed very lightly twice a day, basically enough for a couple of mouthfuls for each fish, so there's no/little food that the fish "miss".
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