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so why do shrimp fly around the tank?

i never really understood this. but its just fun to watch. does anyone know why shrimp fly around the tank so much after water changes?
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my cherries and amanos only did that when something was wrong. my guess, they were looking for a way out.

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so why do shrimp fly around the tank?

My shrimp love to swim about the tank.. I think it is just their way of getting around.

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Re: so why do shrimp fly around the tank?

Are they swimming at a consistent rate? Or are they scuttling backwards? Shrimp do like to swim, but if they're sporadically shooting themselves around it's definitely an issue in water chemistry.

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Shrimp swimming around franticlly is a indacation of stress. They also be a indacation of dancing aka breeding stage. But check ur water Parameters make sure ph, gh, kh, and tds. That would be my best advice
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+1 on stress. While it may be fun to watch but not for the shrimp - they are trying to run away from the water until they can finally get used to the new water condition.

Not a good thing, if you want your shrimp to live long.
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Sometimes I see mine flying around the glass nipping on algae on the glass, I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing.


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so why do shrimp fly around the tank?

Lets define what type of swimming..

Backwards or forwards.

If swimming forwards around the tank is a bad thing then I must be doing something terribly wrong.

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Sometimes I see mine flying around the glass nipping on algae on the glass, I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing.
If that happened without a water change, that I would agree with you that it is not necessary a bad thing.
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Lets define what type of swimming..

Backwards or forwards.

If swimming forwards around the tank is a bad thing then I must be doing something terribly wrong.
A water change causing the shrimp to swim backward? Have you ever seen that?
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A water change causing the shrimp to swim backward? Have you ever seen that?
Nope, can't say I have.

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well my shrimp never dart around unless its the males in search of a female. but i noticed that when i do water changes, the shrimp get a little more active.
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If you slowly drip in the new water, you won't see the behavior change. Your shrimp will act as if nothing happened.
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