I have a 2.5 gallon tank in which I am cultivating hygrophila plants. While at the petstore I saw a lonely Bamboo Shrimp in a tank with only guppies. I know that they need to be in groups but he was alone so i bought him and plan to buy 1 or 2 more as soon as the petstore stocks up. In the meantime I bought 10 ghost shrimp for 'company'.
However, when I first bought the Bamboo Shrimp, he was very clingy
to the plant at the fish store and would not
Ever since he's been in my tank, he does the same thing - he clings. He doesnt let go of plants, he hangs onto anything he can grab. He hardly moves, and i havent seen him feed since I bought him (i think it was on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is now the following Sunday). There is a bubbler for air flow, i put in algae wafers, and baby fish 'first bites' because i know they are filter feeders. He's still not eating and I dont know whats wrong.
Its my first 'real' tank, and my sister (whose an adult now, and has been in this hobby since 2010-2011) also doesn't know what could be the problem. The only real thing that we think it could be is the heater - its the smallest one I could find (as my tank is small) but it heats to about 79-80 degrees. I read that they can tolerate up to 85 degrees but that still doesnt give an explanation.
Currently I have the hygrophila plants, a marimo ball (which I added yesterday), a bubbler, a heater (automatically at 80 degrees, i cant change it), black sand, and 10 ghost shrimp.
Im really concerned as its my first real tank so if anyone knows what the problem could be I would really
appreciate the help!
here's some pictures if it helps-
Bamboo Shrimp hiding:
Another of him hiding: