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Has Anyone Seen My Amanos?

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For Christmas my sister bought me 5 amano shrimp. I had to wait two weeks for them to arrive, then when they did come in, they had some kind of infection. I put them in QT and every day for a week carefully caught each shrimp and gave them a salt bath, followed by a water change. The infection disappeared and for another week I did water changes every 2-3 days. Then I did water changes twice a week, and then I got tired of doing water changes and decided they were ready for the 5.5g.

I did everything I could to ease the transition. I put a light over the QT for a few days to make sure they were used to it coming on. I did a cleaning and trim on the 5.5g several days in advance so the plants would be in full swing once the shrimp were in. On transfer day, I did a huge water change on the 5.5g and added extra prime and bacterial booster (in case the filter hadn't fully recovered from the earlier cleaning). I waited several hours so the temperatures of the two tanks were the same. Then I gently added the shrimp about an hour before lights off.

The shrimp seemed to settle in well. The guppies took a few curious nips, but the shrimp just swam out of the way and the guppies soon lost interest. I watched them for at least 20 minutes and saw no signs of distress. They seemed curious about the tank, but they weren't swimming around frantically trying to escape. The light went out and I went to bed.

I woke up this morning and could only see the two smallest shrimp. Not a big deal, the others were probably just hiding under some crypt leaves or something. I kept going back to the tank to check, and could only see those two shrimp. I looked at the tank from all angles, but couldn't see any sign of the other three. I got out my forcepts and tapped on all the plants, but only those two shrimp came out. I even waited until after lights out and shined a flashlight in the tank to check for eyeshine. Nope. Definitely missing three shrimp.

I've looked all around the tank for suicide jumpers, but haven't found a single body. I took the media out of my filter in case they got sucked in, but no sign of them there, either. I can't imagine how the three largest shrimp would die for no obvious reason and then in less than 12 hours be completely eaten by the two smallest shrimp and three guppies who could barely swallow bloodworms.

I'm so disappointed about this. My budget is super tight right now and getting these shrimp was a major thrill. I did everything I could to give them the best chance, and then when I finally put them in their tank, more than half of them disappeared overnight. I mean, it's great that two survived, but they hide so much that they might as well not be there. With five, it's almost impossible for there not to be at least one out in the open. And the biggest shrimp was almost as long as my largest female guppy! She was so cool, and I have no idea what happened to her.

I know you guys can't do anything to help, but I just wanted to get it out to some people who would understand.




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That stinks Fishly, I'm sorry to hear that. Especially after the love and devotion you put into them...

Amanos have been known to climb out and go for walks. Sounds silly, but I've heard of members finding their Amanos in other rooms, 20 feet down the hall from the tank. Adventurous little fellas
Amanos can walk 15+ feet away from the aquarium, so if they did decide to jump ship, they could be somewhere else entirely...

Have you tried feeding the tank since moving them?
I had that experience before but the outcome was different. Amano shrimps aren't like other shrimps, they can crawl like cockroaches on land and fast. If they died in the tank, guppies will not finish them that fast or even not eat them at all. Since they were pretty big, they would be able to crawl out of the tank, mine did that before.

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I find my shrimp LITERALLY all over my house, one time I found a cherry in the bathtub, amano in the sink, sink again, and bathtub again, on the floor, on the table, and that's about it
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And (so far) I've never had an Amano crawl out. Just keep looking, and watch carefully where you walk!
Toss an algae wafer in there and see if that draws them out.
They may hide a lot now, but after their done cleaning out the tank of algae they'll start to come out.

When algae is low my amano shrimp come and steal floating foods from the guppies. Even when I've put in sinking food for bottom feeders.
I found an Amano 25 feet away on my roommate's pillow once
Since they're so adventurous, could it be that they climbed up the HOB and are snacking on the media within it?
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