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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Disappearing Ghost Shrimp?

Hey guys! So I bought 6 ghost shrimp the other day, and now I can only find two....There aren't a lot of places they could be hiding (that's probably not good), so I'm fairly certain they are gone.

I have a few other fish in the tank, but not sure if they would eat ghost shrimp or not. I have:
- 1 male betta
- 6 neon tetra
- 3 peppered corydoras

Would any of those fish eat the ghost shrimp? Or is it possible they just got sucked up into the filter?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 12:01 AM
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Depending on how big the fish and how small the shrimp are, it is possible you had some predation, especially from the betta. However four ghost shrimp is quite a meal for one betta so my guess is they went up your filter intake.
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Id imagine the betta has enjoyed a few of them. They love live food.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 12:32 AM
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They are REALLY good at hiding, so they may be in there somewhere. Another possibility is that they have climbed out of the tank. Back when I had ghost shrimp with my betta, they all eventually leapt out to their deaths on the kitchen floor. Blah.
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Quite possibly both the Betta and your filter are the culprits. Shrimp are notorious for climbing up filters and getting sucked up intakes. Most people devise ways to protect them from it but it's hard to get it 100% shrimp-proof. Bettas LOVE to eat shrimp usually and only do best with larger shrimp, such as Bamboo shrimp or large Amanos (even then, the Betta can still nip them pretty good).

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the replys! I will definitely have to check out the filter. I did look around my tank...doesn't appear to be any jumpers, but they're pretty hard to see...being invisible and all
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only thing that might NOT eat them are the corries but i dont know that for sure since i dont keep cories. even with small mouths fish can rip shrimp to bits and eat it that way. shrimp can also climb up the outflow of the filter so if the water was up to the rim of the filter its possible they just climbed in. my rili would do that from time to time to eat off the sponge i had on the out flow and the filter pads inside

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They don't call em ghost shrimp for nothing eh?
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Woke up this morning to only one...the other one was very clearly eaten by something. Lessons learned I suppose...provide more hiding places!
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