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post #31 of 44 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Oh I have the tank at 76.6F right now after Will informed me to drop the temp down.

Well a little good news.... the brown one is finally fanning! She's sat on the net near the filter outflow and is fanning 1 fan at a time and then licking her fan. She's gone from dark red-brown to a very light pale brown. Hopefully that's a good sign and she'll recover to full strength.

The red one is still refusing to fan thoughand dosn't seem to have the strength to hang on to anything. I have her perched in a plant in the lower end of the powerhead stream.

Looking again now, the brown one has all 4 fans out and is fanning like a champion. Deffinately a good sign. Over 2 weeks without a single fan out and now all fans to the wind.

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Fantastic news for the brown one!
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Oh I have the tank at 76.6F right now after Will informed me to drop the temp down.

Well a little good news.... the brown one is finally fanning! She's sat on the net near the filter outflow and is fanning 1 fan at a time and then licking her fan. She's gone from dark red-brown to a very light pale brown. Hopefully that's a good sign and she'll recover to full strength.

The red one is still refusing to fan thoughand dosn't seem to have the strength to hang on to anything. I have her perched in a plant in the lower end of the powerhead stream.

Looking again now, the brown one has all 4 fans out and is fanning like a champion. Deffinately a good sign. Over 2 weeks without a single fan out and now all fans to the wind.

oh i'm so glad to hear that! :-) thats great news!

you said the one with the messed up fans is pooping? is it alot? (that may be hard for you answer). my vampire shrimp will go weeks with out coming out and feeding..

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post #35 of 44 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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well, it's like a thread with white bits on it. decent sized strings usualy, around 2-3". I just did a water change with 20% RO water (35c per gallon at wise... never knew they had it) so hopefully that might help them a little. The brown one is fanning on and off daily now so that's deffinately good news.
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I don't have experience with these but I was thinking since they're filter feeders, maybe you can culture infusoria and add them to the tank once or twice a week for the shrimp to feed on?

I'm not sure there's enough microscopic life in the tank for them to survive and thrive on

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Read the latest post by the OP here, post #7

Is this normal?
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post #38 of 44 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the replies guys. Where the OP was having an issue with shrimp not getting enough food and searching the tank for it, mine are not moving around the tank looking for current or food. They just sat there, no fans deployed ever, and got progressively weaker from not trying to feed. There's deffinately enough food in the water column, as the brown one now sits under the filter outflow and fans from time to time.

Thinking I'd gotten a pair that have issues (I never saw them fan in the pet store either) I got another one recently that I knew was healthy. This one was out fanning like crazy last night under the outflow. All 4 fans and was licking them in sequence very quickly. So food isn't the issue, I just have 2 shrimp who refused to try to eat.

My spirulina arrived yesterday so I'm going to try a little spot feeding today. I may take a look for the suggested biozyme, but fear the shipping would take too long.

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i'm hoping that the R/O water will help pressure the injured one to molt, and repair her fans.

when i initially got mine they were shy for a few months only coming out to feed at night, and scurrying away when i would turn the light on. as they get comfortable in the tank, they will feed more and more often. i just picked up another one on thursday because she was the only one left in the tank at one of my LFS, she still is only feeding at night, and scurries away when the light goes one. which is funny because my other three bamboos and my vampire are out all day and night fanning.

oh did they ever try to eat the zucchini? or did all of your other bottom feeders eat it?

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Well I sat them in front of the green squash I put in but no fanning took place from either of them. The red guy is acctually doing a little better today, she's got a bit more strength today (able to get back on her feet at least) so hopefully another good sign.

My new one is doing the same thing, comes out when the lights are off and fans like crazy but is AWOL during the day. I just wanted to prove that it was the shrimp, and not me, which seems to be the case with this new one feeding perfectly normally.

Going to try spirulina target-feeding the original 2 for a few days to see if I can bring them back to strength.

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i hope they are continuing to do better!

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I have a couple of Petco bamboo shrimp for about 3 months now. They've both molted twice now. Before molting I notice they turn red and are either very active or go into hiding for a few days. Next day I usually find the discarded molt and they go back into hiding for a day or two.

I target feed them once a week with a either green water that I culture in mason jars, First Bites, or my own mix of crushed up food delivered by a turkey baster. When I'm feeling lazy I just dump it into the tank.

They seem to respond to the green water and First Bites with more enthusiasm. I don't think my crushed food mix is fine enough although I've seen them eat it.

I have some pathos ivy and frog floating in my tank and they are on the leaves fanning by the spray bar or upside down on the ivy leaves/frogbit feeding on the oily biofilm on the surface of the water. Sometimes when they have their fill there they go to the substrate and pick around. I've read that this is supposedly a sign of starvation but in my observations it's just another way to get food. One shrimp does like to pick more than the other.

If your using RO make sure your water contains calcium. I've read that one shrimp keeper doses a bit of reef calcium to ensure healthy molts.
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My GH and KH comes out well within the good range for the bamboo shrimp, not sure if adding calcium would make it spike a little too high.

Well some bad news thismorning, the red one must have died in the night. I found her on the floor of the tank and had turned a milky white color. I took her back to Petco and chose a healthy one this time that I saw fanning for food (the substrate because they never feed their shrimp...). Soon as she was into my tank she was fanning away like a champ.

The other (red-brown one that I got with the red one) shrimp seems to still be doing ok. Moving around without much bother (though not quite up to strength). She's usualy hanging around the fiter outflow so I think she's eating during the night only.

In other news my moss finally arrived. I put it in my 20gal for now to let it settle in some and to make sure there's no nasties in it. Once it's settled for a few weeks I'll start making my moss background for the 55gal.

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i;m sorry to hear that, i had high hopes she would recover.

i'm glad that you were to get a healthy replacement, i'm sure you will care for the new one very well.

good luck your moss wall.

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