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African Fan Shrimp not eating

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Hi Everyone~

I've had the Fan Shrimp for about 2 weeks now, and in the beginning it was eating just fine. Now it refuses to 'fan' and I even took a dropper filled with micro-pellets and it refused to eat. I am getting worried. I have noticed this behavior for the past few days. Here's my tank specs

5 gallon
Moon betta, 2 nerite snails, 2 otocinclus, and the fan shrimp

2 brazilian swords, 3 amazon swords, a very small amount of monte carlo, anubias nana petite, and 3 banana plants
I also have a piece of driftwood

pH: 7.6 <- there's construction in my area
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrates: 0

Water temp is kept at 76-78 and there's a filter for a 10 gallon tank running

If anyone can suggest anything, that would be great!
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I'm not an expert on these type of shrimp, but everything I've read says that they need a much bigger tank with a good amount of water flow. These shrimp get to be around 6' and the minimum I've seen recommended is a 20 gallon. Seems like a bad match with a beta too as they need a strong current for feeding with the fans which they won't get in a proper betta tank. Try crushing the micropellets, maybe that will help it out as most of the food these shrimp eat are really tiny.
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