I planned to make a thread about my new shrimp tank but this happened this morning and I thought I would share it here.
I bought 10 red cherries yesterday, 30 litre tank was cycled and I drip acclimated them for an hour, then into dark tank for an hour before the light went on. They appeared to be so happy last night
(and still are today!)
I got up this morning and check on them, they are all there - but I notice a couple are sat head first into the water flow coming out from my pump. So I immediately think maybe there's not enough oxygen in the water, or maybe they are just enjoying it (??). The other shrimps are fine by the way, just doing their thing...
Then I start to see them sticking their heads out of the water. I have read a lot about shrimps in the last few weeks and have read that they will go to the surface if the water quality is poor. But my tests yesterday were spot on. Anyway, I haven't read anything about them poking their heads out!
So I am watching them and taking photos - they didn't appear to be stressed at all, just inquisitive I thought, then one comes right out and starts climbing the back wall. I watch to see how far it will go and it falls onto the lip of the water outlet. Beached
I flipped it into the water and it's fine. If I hadn't have seen this I am pretty sure it would have died
The photos below show what was happening, I have photoshopped where the waterline was.
So I start making a few changes to see if I can try and stop this behavior.
I increased the water flow, so it wasn't touching the side as it came out. I also lowered the water a bit and I made a small plastic guard that sits in the outlet, so they can't get into it.
They all appear to be very
happy still and seem to love their new home and are super calm and inquisitive, when I had my hand in the tank making changes, one came up and sat on the side of my hand.
Any ideas as to what they were doing? What I can do to stop them getting into the predicament again? Or this just something they do?