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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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He's back... Now what?

So a little over a month ago I bought a couple Amano shrimp for my 150 gallon tank. Acclimated them to the tank over a couple hours and dropped them into the tank. One went right to eating and the other one hid in the rocks. I finally saw both of them a day later. I'd see them every once in a while and then poof, they were gone. I grabbed a flash light and looked everywhere for them.

Fast forward to yesterday... I was putting the freshly filled CO2 tank back under the sump and noticed a fish in the sump. Some of my White Clouds are small enough to go through the slats in the overflow and get down there every once in a while. I grabbed the net and started to move the duck weed over and went for the fish. All of a sudden there was something weird in the net, and it was not the fish I was going for. Figured out it was one of the Amano shrimp. It jumped out of the net before I could get it out of the water and I have not been able to find it again.

Problem now is since they had disappeared I bought three YoYo Loaches to help with the snails in the tank. (They have done an AWESOME job by the way) From everything I have read the YoYo Loach will eat the shrimp if they get a chance. So now I can either let him stay in the sump forever, or I move them to my Nano tank. I am planning on it being a shrimp only tank but was planning on RCS and maybe some blue shrimp. I don't think that the requirements for the Amano and the others are compatible. There is light and good water in the sump so it would not be that bad for the shrimp, but why have an animal that you can't see often.

Would it be much of an issue to keep them in the same tank?

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I had a couple of amanos get into my AC50 on the back of my 10g for probably several weeks and they did just fine. Granted I fished them out and put them back into the tank. I gave up on counting them in my 10G and 40B so cant imagine how you could find only two in a 150g tank. They blend very well and can find some good hiding spots during the day. I would bet they would do just fine living out there lives in the sump.

I have several with my RCS and Brown emeralds granted its more of a planted community tank then a shrimp specific tank. Amanos are pretty hardy from what I have witnessed.
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Amanos can basically live in anything from freshwater to low end brackish... so I honestly don't know what kind of setup that Neos can thrive in that Amanos can't... in fact, I'd be concerned that, if an Amano can't live in it, then neither could any other type of shrimp.

Seriously, they should do fine with Neos!
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I doubt that your YoYos will eat amanos. I keep them with zebra loaches (Botia striata) without any issues. No issues with some other well known shrimp predators either: Badis badis, croaking and sparkling gourami. Bamboo shrimp also have no issues with these. But I doubt that RCS or CRS will survive (though I didn't try this).
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Ideally, you wouldn't keep shrimp in a tank where they could be eaten or easily harassed/stressed. But tons of us do it on a regular basis.

As far as keeping shrimp in your sump - why not? One could argue a sump is an ideal spot for eating for shrimp. I'd keep them in the sump and try to get some larger Amanos for the main tank - something that'll be less likely to end up in the sump.

I think most shrimp keepers have had a similar experience. No matter what we do, there's always (sometimes? It's pretty much always for me.) shrimp in every part of a tank setup. In HOB filters, canisters with sponge intakes, sumps, you name it. If I keep tanks near each other, I sometimes find shrimp that end up next door.

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There is light and good water in the sump so it would not be that bad for the shrimp, but why have an animal that you can't see often.

Would it be much of an issue to keep them in the same tank?


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So based on this, I am going to leave him in the sump until the nano is ready. It's almost ready as I tested the water yesterday and found that I have 0 Ammonia, but do have both Nitrites and Nitrates. So it's really close to being ready. May need to add a bit ammonia to the water to make sure it keeps going.

I would move him back into the display tank but there are so many hiding spots that I am not sure I would be able to catch him in the future.



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