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Old 10-04-2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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I think my shrimp are awol ...

I picked up a pair of algae eating shrimp from my lfs yesterday and am afraid that they are awol. It's possible that they're hiding but I have seen absolutely no trace of them since releasing them into the tank. In fact, I had an otto die last night and when I found him this morning ... I was surprised to find that there were no shrimp, um, working on him.

Unless they climbed out of the tank, covered save for the cutout for the hob filter ... I think that something may have eaten them. Would you mind lending a quick look at my list for any snail predators?

48G bowfront
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5 lamp eye tetra
5 red minor tetra
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4 leopard danio

The shrimp were pretty small but I didn't think that anybody on my list would do something like that. Would they?
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Old 10-04-2005, 11:43 PM   #2
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You have no shrimp predators (or any predators) in your tank. I would believe that they have climbed into/under your decorations. You may be able to see them when the lights are out and they come out to forage for food.
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I was pretty sure that I had a peaceful group of critters. Just my luck to find out that tetras are natural shrimp predators or some such nonsense
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I agree with Jchillin. They are probably hiding during the day. Turn the lights out and then come looking for them. You'll find the scowering for food.
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Give them a little time, to adjust to the "new world". They might have to figure out first, that there is nothing to fear.
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I couldnt find my snail for the first day or two. Turning the lights off, waiting a bit, and coming back with a flashlight or something, and I saw him cruising around. They can blend in fairly easily
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