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Old 09-14-2017, 08:18 AM   #1
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Amano shrimp killing and eating my minnows... help

So woke up this morning to find a white cloud minnow dead floating at the top of my fish tank with all of its scales completely missing and no fins.

Is it possible that my amano shrimp had something to do with this?

This isn't the first time I've seen one of my minnows with fins missing and this has only seemed to be a problem since I added the shrimp.

From what I saw last night before the light went off all of the fish seemed to be okay and none of the minnows were showing signs of being poorly.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar to this? As if this happens again I think I may get rid of the shrimp.

I must had that I have never seen the shrimp attack a fish yet however I have heard that they are more active at night so this could be the reason as to why I don't see anything happen.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:44 AM   #2
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"Is it possible that my amano shrimp had something to do with this?"

Yes, it is possible.

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Old 09-14-2017, 02:47 PM   #3
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My amanos are bossy bullies, and they'll take advantage of weak or sick fish. Any time anything dies in my community tank during the night, a macabre scene awaits me in the morning. I'm not sure if the amonos kill the fish or just start eating it after it dies. However, I have my suspicions and am moving them out of my community tank as soon as I can.
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I've never experienced amanos being predatory, but I know they've eaten fish that have died in the tank.
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As everyone has just said, I'm also at the point now wondering whether the fish died overnight or it was killed and eaten.

I think I'm going to need some evidence before I remove the shrimp but to me by your guys replies that it could well be the shrimp hunting!!
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"Is it possible that my amano shrimp had something to do with this?"



Yes, it is possible.



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The happy upbeat music and dead fish massacre do make for disturbing viewing...
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Nice video.

However doesn't show him killing that rummy nose.

I'll just have to keep an eye on behaviour and if I see it attacking Mr shrimp is getting removed
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It's very common for people to blame scavengers for killing fish.

If a fish is weak enough for a shrimp to kill it then it was very very close to dying already. (Crayfish are a different story)

Shrimp are scavengers, your amano was just doing exactly what they do in the wild.
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Suppose that I'll just keep him in there then maybe you are correct that it will only kill a sick fish. I'll just see how things go...
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Amanos--- Aggressive Hunters!

So sorry to hear about your fish! I have been down the same road! I suspected my amano shrimp for being responsible for the death of some of my fish, but wasn't completely convinced until I witnessed 2 to 3 amano shrimp attack a black skirt tetra and bring it down to the bottom of the tank before I interceded. This fish was not sick nor weak. I have since moved my amano shrimp to their own tank where they are doing just fine. They are fascinating to watch, however, keep them well fed, and if they are not in a species only tank, they will hunt in packs like little savages!!!

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