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Old 03-10-2004, 09:26 AM   #1
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Lost shrimp!

I got a peppermint shrimp for my 20 gal tank last Thursday, and have not seen it since the night I put it in! The only other inhabitants are some astrea snails, some blue legged hermit crabs and an emerald crab. I also have 10 lbs of live rock. I looked under all the rocks (rearranged them all too!) and even behind the tank! Where did he go!!??!?? I'd even be happy if I saw evidence that he had lived and didn't make it. Seeing nothing is just disturbing!
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Drop some food in the tank. This will often bring the shrimp out of hiding. Its not uncommon for perpermint shrimp to be in hiding 90% of the time. I know its depressing.

I got a pair of fireshrimp I paid $25/each for that I have only seen once since putting them in my 75.
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I have 5 peppermint and one cleaner in my 55. The cleaner is always out in the open and usually it's easy to spot at least 3 of the peppermints. Although I thought I had lost one for a few weeks because I could never count more than 4. But once i started feeding with blender mush, EVERYONE shows up for dinner.

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I have 2 peppermints and I never see them unless they get too close to the overflow and I find them in the mesh I have in there. They are primarily nocturnal. You can see their eyes glow at night with minimal light in the room. Might want to look for it then.

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Thanks for the help and suggestions.
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I have one that I did not see for about 4 months. Then one night while looking around with a flashlight ther he was! Bigger than ever...scared the heck out of me!!!
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my peppermint shrimp hides during the day too. as soon as i turn out the light he comes out. and since my computer monitor is on i can see his eyes by the reflection and he swims all over the tank.i bought my yellow watchman and he never comes out. i have never seen him eat either
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