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Evening everyone, wanted some advice on my shrimp tank. It’s been set up for over a month now and has about 10 shrimp in total mainly red cherry’s but a couple red crystal and 2 black shrimp, all the shrimp have been fairly inactive recently and wondered if this was a cause for concern.
Tested the water and all the parameters are at 0 and oxygen is good! I even bought salty shrimp in order to make the general hardness better.
I’ve cut back on feeding as much to see if that makes a difference and I take into account it’s a very well planted tank with bog wood and other rooted plants as well as stones and terracotta pots to hide in.
I’ve seen some cherry’s picking at the plants and cleaning recently but the red crystals and some other shrimp have just been hiding or sitting still and generally very inactive and I can’t find any reason as to why and was hoping someone may shed some light! Photo attached of what the tank looks like it’s a 57 litre Fluval flex.
Any help appreciated thank you!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-30-2018, 07:57 PM
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What are your pH, GH and KH?
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Ph is 6.5, kh 2 and gh 6
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Well, I'd recommend you keep feeding lightly. At only a month old, your tank isn't well established yet and will lack the algae and bio-film they need.
How often are you doing water changes? What is the source of your water? Tap, RO(DI), softener, etc...?
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I was hoping it might just be that itís still a young tank, I use tap water and dechloriante with API tap water conditioner I also have API stresszyme in hand if needed but use bio balls in the tank to keep ammonia and nitrite in check Iím wondering if having more shrimp in the tank will give them more confidence and they will be out more...

Also water changes 20% weekly at the moment

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You have 10 shrimp in how big a tank? I have 8 shrimp in a 1 gal planted bowl and I have to look very attentively to find them.

I don’t think shrimp are active or out going animal. Shrimp don’t greet you at feeding time, don’t swim around randomly, and don’t display courtship dance regularly to females. I don’t even think they can see well, and navigate by touch, vibration and smell predominantly. So don’t expect shrimp to be active like fish.
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