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Old 06-14-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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Why do Shrimps hide?


these tb I got a few weeks ago use to always stay out and about, now all they do is stay on the drift wood and hide. Do they just like being in the dark?
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:58 AM   #2
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You'd hide too if you could fit easily into the mouth of any fish larger than a guppy. Being skittish is in their DNA.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:02 AM   #3
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Shrimp hide if there are too few in a large space, if there's fish or predators in the tank, when they are stressed out, or unhealthy.
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Shrimp hide if there are too few in a large space, if there's fish or predators in the tank, when they are stressed out, or unhealthy.
large space and few in, its 5 gallon but only 5 of them....there's no fish in this tank, I'm hoping its not unhealthy they use to be pretty active initially.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:51 AM   #5
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I have my suspicions that they might do it for a laugh as a form of competition. They try to set new records for how long they can make you spend desperately looking round the tank whilst they giggle away from their little dark crevice
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:32 AM   #6
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this one finally decided to come out under the driftwood lol
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:48 AM   #7
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Is that green hulk or he's due for an algae cleaning? Nice color!
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Is that green hulk or he's due for an algae cleaning? Nice color!
bkk....has some brown spots here and there.
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I know when my heater was overshooting and the tank temp was getting higher than normal (about 80f) my shrimp were all over the place, like the tank was spiked with redbull. When I took the heater out (tank at about 72f) they would just hide all the time.
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bkk....has some brown spots here and there.
That faded black color is classic stressed bkk look.

I would go through and check all your parameters (including temperature).

5 shrimp in a 5 gallon is not sparsely populated, I meant more like 5 in a 20 gallon.


Problem with keeping BKK in a 5 gallon tank, is that the temperature and other parameters are constantly swinging, it could cause undue stress. Just putting the light on and off on a 5 gallon tank can raise and lower the temp several degrees
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That faded black color is classic stressed bkk look.

I would go through and check all your parameters (including temperature).

5 shrimp in a 5 gallon is not sparsely populated, I meant more like 5 in a 20 gallon.


Problem with keeping BKK in a 5 gallon tank, is that the temperature and other parameters are constantly swinging, it could cause undue stress. Just putting the light on and off on a 5 gallon tank can raise and lower the temp several degrees
That's why I use LED lights for small tank
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even a LED light on a 5 gallon ups the temp.
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fear and discomfort are usually suspects.
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You'd hide too if some giant with huge eyes was constantly looking at you through the glass LOL
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That faded black color is classic stressed bkk look.

I would go through and check all your parameters (including temperature).

5 shrimp in a 5 gallon is not sparsely populated, I meant more like 5 in a 20 gallon.


Problem with keeping BKK in a 5 gallon tank, is that the temperature and other parameters are constantly swinging, it could cause undue stress. Just putting the light on and off on a 5 gallon tank can raise and lower the temp several degrees
but then there's 2 mischling thats always out and about, param. affect each shrimp differently?
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