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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-04-2019, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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My Shrimps Goes Missing!

I have a relatively small 5 gallon planted tank. There are few neon tetras and 3 harlequins.. really small ones and one hillstream loach. In addition 3 CRS 2 ghost shrimp and 1 yellow shrimp.

What happened- Well two of my ghost shrimp went missing one by one. I tot they died and i started looking around for their bodies. I know ghost shrimps are virtually invisible but my tank isnt densely planted. Non of my fish couldve eaten it cos they are really smaller than them.

What happened again? - few weeks later now things started bugging me. My yellow shrimp is the biggest, brightest and its even bigger than my neon tetras and harlequins. Today its no where in the tank! No carcass no nothing. No fish couldve eaten it becos they're too small! They are fed well.. im using sponge filter so it cant be suck in. Whats going on ???? I dont think my hillstream ate it cos its still in its mid fry stage.

I looked everywhere.. around the tank etc...
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Your fish could have absolutely eaten your shrimp (plural) - regardless of their size. Fish tend to pick at shrimp if they can't fit them into their mouth to consume - frequently picking at them and harassing them until they're dead. Then they can be easily ripped apart.

But it's also possible they died because of parameter issues or old age and were then consumed.

My guess is your surviving shrimp and your fish had a feast.

It sounds like you're keeping several different species of shrimp, which is not a good idea for a beginner.

What are your water parameters?

Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
kH
gH

Important: You need to find new homes for all of your fish. A five-gallon tank is way too small for any of the species you're keeping. Before you add fish to a tank that small, you need to put in a lot more research to determine what you can keep.
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