Clicky

Jump to content
Mattyshrimp

Do Shrimp stop eating and take breaks hidding or just chilling?

Recommended Posts

Mattyshrimp

Hi new to shrimp keeping.  I have 4  Red cherry shrimp, i got them 2 days ago.  When I fist put them in they werr pretty active.  2 M 2 F.  Water parameters amonia 0 water temp 22/24 degrees aqua clear filter 30 (i have 20 gallon tank planted) with air stones and filter on high 24/7.  I also have 2 nerite snails tha5 are thriving.

So 1 M and 1 F still eat alot and move around enough.  My other F And M just hide in the same spot for hours on end sometimes not even eating.  The M hides under driftwood and the F in a tall ant at the base but she like to be facing the substrate. Is this normal? I see them move here and there and eating when out but like mentioned they like to hide and not move for hours sometimes.

Its like theyre full and arent hungry so they just chill.  The other two ate almosy always eating when visible which is way more often then the 2 that hide.

Im kinda super stressed any advice or help is appreciated 

I cant upload pictured my picture sizes are way bigger than 0.98MB 😞

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jayc
10 hours ago, Mattyshrimp said:

Water parameters amonia 0 water temp 22/24 degrees

Not gonna sugar coat it. Shrimp sitting still for long periods of time isn't a good sign.

There are a lot of other water parameters that can impact shrimps health. 

What is your KH, GH, TDS, pH and Nitrates? (If you have test equipment for them)

 

In fact, knowing the water parameters from the person/place you bought them from is also important. If the water the shrimps came from is on the other spectrum to your tank, then the shrimp are going to suffer. Go ask the person/place you bought it from. Then try to match it in your  tank. You can slowly bring your tank's water parameters back to ideal with regular water changes. But initial parameters should match the seller's parameters to reduce the shock.

Whenever I go to my Local Fish Shop to buy fish, I bring my own TDS and pH meter.

Most problems are mainly attributed to water parameter issues.

Why only the 2 shrimps? Well they were probably already weak specimens. 

Edited by jayc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mattyshrimp
41 minutes ago, jayc said:

Not gonna sugar coat it. Shrimp sitting still for long periods of time isn't a good sign.

There are a lot of other water parameters that can impact shrimps health. 

What is your KH, GH, TDS, pH and Nitrates? (If you have test equipment for them)

 

In fact, knowing the water parameters from the person/place you bought them from is also important. If the water the shrimps came from is on the other spectrum to your tank, then the shrimp are going to suffer. Go ask the person/place you bought it from. Then try to match it in your  tank. You can slowly bring your tank's water parameters back to ideal with regular water changes. But initial parameters should match the seller's parameters to reduce the shock.

Whenever I go to my Local Fish Shop to buy fish, I bring my own TDS and pH meter.

Most problems are mainly attributed to water parameter issues.

Why only the 2 shrimps? Well they were probably already weak specimens. 

Well not that they are sitting still all the time, but the female will come out eat swim the go back to hide in the same spot in one of my plats.  But i can see her slightly through the plants and shes eating and or almost always moving her legs and swimmlets.

I also just gound a shell from molting, so maybe shes about to molt since one of my males has molted.

 

I dont know why just those 2, Im hoping with the info i just gave about you might know abit more :).

 

anything helps thanks

Edited by Mattyshrimp

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
edishrimp

Hi MattyShrimp,

I'd go with jayc's reasoning as well. From my experience, shrimps that aren't actively foraging most of the time don't tend to survive. However, since you did say that they are eating, they could just be enjoying the shade and darkness more. Also, since you've just set up your tank, I'm guessing that the only few surfaces with any bio-film are on the plant leaves themselves hence them choosing to chill there.

You should still test your water parameters though. IMO zero ammonia readings are the bare miniumum for keeping shrimp. TDS, Temp, GH and KH all play a huge role too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jayc
8 hours ago, Mattyshrimp said:

Well not that they are sitting still all the time

Right. That is better then.It sounds like they are about to mount and is looking for a quiet spot to go through the process. They do that. I believe it is because they feel vulnerable, so they hide.

But keep a close eye on them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Must Read SKF Articles

  • Register today, ask questions and share your shrimp and fish tank experiences with us!

    Join Our Community!

  • Posts

    • cbaum86
      Thank you for the reply. So I get that I will need to start again with fresh shrimp but can those shrimp go into the existing tank once all of the old colony have been removed? Is there any chance that the ellobiopsidae could harbour in any of the tank elements such as substrate and filter for example and therefore be introduced to the new shrimp?
    • kms
    • Zoidburg
      Since "ellobiopsidae" aka "green fungus" aka "algae" can show up 3 or 6 months later, or even 2 years later, you either need to treat the entire tank and hope you eliminate it or or restart the tank with fresh blood. (new shrimp that are not from imports)
    • Zoidburg
      The reddit person's neighbor may have used high VOC paint which is more deadly. (primer typically has high VOC) Unfortunately without more details, it's hard to say. I've had shrimp die because roommate put a food grade bag into the microwave. It was not microwaveable safe. Three weeks later, neighbors bug bombed their place. Both incidents resulted in a massive die off....   chongkt another option maybe is to get an oxydator that creates oxygen *in* the tank, rather than pulling oxygen from the surrounding area.
    • Zoidburg
      First off, you want a substrate that buffers the pH down around 6.5 or below. Second, the RO water or distilled as recommended. If you have soft water, then a cheap RO machine can work, although the replacement cartridges may be the same amount as a new machine. If you have hard water, then I would recommend a more expensive RO unit. Third, you'll need GH minerals for shrimp. (no KH) Make sure you have a liquid test kit that measures all water parameters, including GH and KH. A TDS meter with calibration solution is also recommended. Sponge filters with an air pump can be used for filtration. It's recommended to get the type that suction to the side of the aquarium.
×