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Old 08-09-2011, 12:29 AM   #1
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Amano Shrimp Missing!

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So my tank has finally cycled and therefore I decided to get three Amano shrimp to eat some of my hair algae. However things are not really going according to plan for the following reasons:

1) Besides the first day, I can only ever see one of the three shrimp in the tank. The other two seem to have disappeared. They could be hiding, not sure.

2) My hair algae is as long as it was before I added the Amanos... Not sure why they are not eating it.

Am I doing something wrong here?

Are shrimp notorious for hiding?

Any insight would be very helpful.

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Old 08-09-2011, 01:34 AM   #2
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It's possible they are molting maybe. Did you check every crevice? Shrimps are very good at hiding.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:47 AM   #3
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Yeah I only have two in a 30 gallon and at least one dissapears a lot. I don't even have a lot of hiding spots.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:18 AM   #4
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When i got my 7 amano's they were quite timid for about 2 weeks, now they are exploring all around my tank, give them time. Another reason may be because they are very social shrimp, they will be quite timid in smaller numbers, especially when there are fish swimming around.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:41 AM   #5
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When i first got my shrimp i had trouble finding all of them in a 5 gallon. It is normal since you just added them. Give it a week or two and they will be out and about.
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I have 3 of these guys and it wasn't long before they were exploring their new environment. I had some branches sticking upwards in the tank and they were always perched on them surveying the other fish. Now, I have one that schools with the rummies, silly shrimp.
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Is it possible for amano shrimp to escape from the tank by climbing the tank wall or filter's hose ?
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:42 AM   #8
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I've heard of Red Cherrys do that, but not Amano shrimp. Dont worry to much, Shrimp are Hiders. I've gone days without seeing my shrimp, assume they died somewhere, and then see them out in the open minutes later. I've read people on this forum who have not seen shrimp in months for them to pop out later perfectly fine.
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Is it possible for amano shrimp to escape from the tank by climbing the tank wall or filter's hose ?
Haha I asked the same question. Up the tank wall is impossible. But they can jump out of the water! I was paranoid so I cut a thick piece of plastic to fit perfectly over the opening in my hood for my filter. Now I don't have to worry about jumping or crawling
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Hi everyone,

Thanks a lot for all of your responses. I am not sure if the two shrimp that are missing could be molting as I don't know much about shrimp behavior just yet.

I have looked all over the tank for them except for one place. I have the Fluval Edge Zen Wall in my tank and they could easily be hiding in behind. I can't really take it out to check as it houses two of my plants. Here are a couple of pictures.







Could my Guppies/Tetras have eaten them?

I think the shrimp are most likely just hiding because they are new to the tank. I didn't realize they were shy animals.

I'll keep you guys posted if anything new happens.

P.S. Any clues as to why the hair algae is not being eaten?

Thanks again for all your help!
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