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    Question How Active Are Red Cherry shrimp?


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    How active are they? Do they constantly run/swim around the tank or are they slower moving and more lazy looking? The first day I put them in, they were jetting around everywhere. Over the next few days they have become much slower moving. Most of them find a place and just sit around. Some dig around the sand while others perch on plants. Several have already molted. Two have also died. Checked water parameters and they're fine. During feeding they don't all swarm to the algae wafer. After about 10 minutes some finally realize it's there and start munching. Is this normal? Thanks.
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    Yep all sounds normal except for the dying part.... Are you sure they died or was it a left behing molt... I thought I had lost one or 2 in the first few days but upon recount realized it was a molt I saw....
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    Are you sure your water is fine? I've never had any of mine die that fish didn't eat. The females especially stick close to the bottom and crawl around on stuff. The males swim around more than the females.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sounguru
    Yep all sounds normal except for the dying part.... Are you sure they died or was it a left behing molt... I thought I had lost one or 2 in the first few days but upon recount realized it was a molt I saw....
    The molted shells have all been clear and the dead shrimp have been pink and sometimes curled.

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    Are you sure your water is fine? I've never had any of mine die that fish didn't eat. The females especially stick close to the bottom and crawl around on stuff. The males swim around more than the females.
    They are in their own tank, so no fish could eat them. I put filter media from my 72 in the shrimp tank filter. When I say the water is fine, the Amm - 0, Nitrites - 0, Nitrates - 0-5. Ph between 7.6-7.8.
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    mine are pretty active... but then again maybe it's just do to i have a lot and only a few are moving around at a time.

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    Complete guess here but maybe it is the temperature? What is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolley
    Complete guess here but maybe it is the temperature? What is it?
    Temp is about 77/78.
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    Ok scratch that idea. Sorry i'm no help.

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    deaths could be shrimp that molted, they must have good hiding places (Thick moss) for a few days until their shell hardens. During this time other shrimp can and do attack and kill them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRDNiteLife
    The molted shells have all been clear and the dead shrimp have been pink and sometimes curled.
    If the ones that you think are dead are pink then that means that they are dead. Molts are just clear. But if its pink and curled that means that they are dead. I don't know to why they are dead but it sounds like you did lose the ones that are pink.

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