View Full Version : After moving shrimp, they are acting wierd...

02-13-2013, 05:33 AM
Just moved them into a planted nano tank, and they all started swimming around like crazy... I have cherries and red nosed shrimp, and I'm not used to them acting this way. They used to just hide and walk on the ground area. I don't know if it has to do with 5 having eggs or the water change. I've done everything necessary to keep the water safe. Please help, I don't want anything to die.

02-13-2013, 05:36 AM
Every organism gets a little stressed after a move. Best thing you can do is to leave the light off and don't disturb the tank until they get used to their new surroundings. Everything should be fine.

02-13-2013, 05:40 AM
Thanks, I turned off the light earlier just in case that was why. Hopefully when I get back tomorrow they will back to normal.

02-13-2013, 06:06 AM
If they were in a larger tank then they might be more active in a smaller tank with only shrimp.

02-14-2013, 04:48 AM
I prefer all shrimp not to be swimming 24/7... They have stopped anyways, thankfully. Now there are all bunching up in groups and going to the highest possible point in the tank... Anyone know?

02-14-2013, 05:41 AM
Well, what's at the top of the tank?

02-14-2013, 01:55 PM
I prefer all shrimp not to be swimming 24/7... They have stopped anyways, thankfully. Now there are all bunching up in groups and going to the highest possible point in the tank... Anyone know?

I'm thinking they are going to do whatever they need to do until they settle down - any living thing needs adjustment time when moved to a new home. As long as the water parameters in the new tank are good & the water temp was close to what they came from, they should be fine.

02-14-2013, 02:42 PM
It's normal for them to do that. After every water change, the shrimp in my tanks all start swimming all over. Have noticed even a 20% water change is enough for them to start doing this in my tanks. They do release pheromones into the water, that probably plays a part in them actively scurrying around after a water change I think.

02-14-2013, 10:48 PM
The problem is is that they all climb to the top... They have stopped swimming like crazy. I just set the temperature to 77 just in case it was too hit because the old tank was like 75 or 77... hope it will work.

02-15-2013, 01:06 AM
Someone please help and fast... One of my Red nosed shrimp just died /;

02-15-2013, 01:21 AM
Shrimp swim like crazy after water changes. They also do when something is killing them. Is the planted nano tank newly set up? The substrate, decorations, etc could be leaching something. What is the tank's history? Did you EVER use it as a quarantine tank or treated with medications, especially copper based ones in it? Do a water change and see if their condition improves, or, if possible move them back to where you know they are safe(the old tank?)

02-15-2013, 04:18 AM
Is the Nano tank cycled? They could be trying to escape a build up of toxins at the bottom of the tank... ammonia/nitrites/nitrates, etc.

02-15-2013, 04:21 AM
I would probably do another water change just to be safe. Dechlorinate the water before adding it to the tank.

02-16-2013, 04:57 AM
Just raised the hardness a bit and they are doing ALOT better. Only like 3-6 out of 20 something are at the top now. They are looking much better. Only 3 died, and luckily I stopped it before more did.

02-16-2013, 07:32 AM
Did you cycle the water? I know shrimp have an aversion to nitrates, but for sure nitrites and ammonia are bad for them. Also maybe they are just overstressed and only 1 or 2 die, a weathering of the storm kinda deal. RCS will come back, not sure of the others, if the water is cycled. IMO anyhow

03-03-2013, 03:49 AM
I am now changing water once every 1 or 2 weeks and I have had no deaths since. I am noticing some algea but I'm gonna rub it off tomorrow. I'm about 85% comfortable with everything right now.

03-03-2013, 04:23 PM
Noticing algae where?

03-04-2013, 12:02 AM
Tiny bit on the sides. Just scrubbed it off, along with the crap hanging on the side.