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how active should ghost shrimp be??

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by darkmindzz, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. darkmindzz

    darkmindzz AC Members

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    so i bought about 6 ghost shrimp so they can handle my janitorial work on the bottom of the tank.... problem is they are like on a super extended vacation..

    in my planted tank .. i have yet to see any of them ..well i saw one of them yesterday.. but briefly... are they nocturnal.... or what.. i mean i have sat my butt in front of the tank for extended periods of time looking for them and i cant see them inside my tank..

    do they like to chill with the bush area of me tank or what.... where are they..
    i just dont get why out of 6 shrimp i can find one..
     
  2. DAVIDFBT

    DAVIDFBT Extinct? Since when?

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    What size tank is this? What are the parameters? I see about 10 of them at a time in my 30 gallon tank where I have about 30 of them.
     
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    Hollygirl Overfilter and Understock

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    What size tank? Is it heavily planted? What are the other inhabitants?
     
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    it is a 40g tank.. moderately to almost heavily planted tank.

    fish invcluded danios, gaouramy, ram, rasboras, and ottos
     
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    With a 40g tank and heavy plants, you won't see much of 6 ghost shrimp. I see up to 6 or so of mine at once in my 10g, and I know I've got at least 12 in it. Get more, or wait for the ones you have to breed maybe :p
     
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    Hollygirl Overfilter and Understock

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    The shrimp are also going to be hiding from those fish, which instinctively see the shrimp as food.
     
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    crimsonmoon Gotta love those cories...

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    i had ghost shrimp once and i could never find them because i would look right through them lol they're invisible!
     
  8. evelyn80

    evelyn80 Guru at procrastinating

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    i had 12 in my 30 gallon and never saw em once... so i moved em to a shrimp only tank :D there fun little critters to watch when theres no preds(fish) after them
     
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    If you only have 6 in a 40 gallon tank with predatory fish, no wonder you never see them. Either get more if you want to see them, or like evelyn said, get a shrimp only tank.
     
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    I have a half dozen ghost in with my platies. They are very difficult to see except at feeding time. Then they come out of nowhere and bouce around all over the tank. They're fun to watch when you can see them.
     

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