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Old 05-25-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
 
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Bamboo Shrimp

I'm curious if there's any way to tell if a tank is established enough for bamboo shrimp.
My tank has a good amount of hydra right now, is that a sign that there's enough micro organisms? The shrimp cost $10 each at petsmart so I don't want to add one in vain.
(I have no idea where the hydra are coming from- poor lighting, not over feeding. Decaying plant matter?)
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
 
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If there is plant life, it should be stable enough for shrimp. Planaria are usually present in established tanks, and that includes hydra.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:43 PM   #3
 
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Alright, sounds awesome. I'm really tempted to get one or two, they are really different looking. :D
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
 
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Try to give them something high to sit on so they can "fan" in the water movement. Mine actually swims up and sits on the spray bar and fans directly from the filter output. Sometimes I'll break up an algea wafer and soak it in tank water (in a cup) and give him some squirts from an eye dropper. I dont over do this though. It's very easy for me to do it sice I can stick tey eye dropper in the hole in the tank lid for the filter output.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #5
 
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Is he not scared of you when you hand feed?
I see them at petsmart picking through the gravel and it looks sad. My driftwood is right under the filter flow so it'll be perfect for one.
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Actually, I've found that shrimp are really responsive to hand feeding. I have a single ghosties next to my bed and she eats outta my hand. And I just got a new crayfish yesterday and already he's taking worms from tweezers.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:51 PM   #7
 
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Is he not scared of you when you hand feed?
I see them at petsmart picking through the gravel and it looks sad. My driftwood is right under the filter flow so it'll be perfect for one.

I don't have any bamboo shrimp now, but I found that when I had 2 I saw them more, and they seemed more comfortable. I to fed with a syringe, but eventually lost both of mine. It was frustrating because I rigged the tank so they could "feed" from the current, but they rarely did. Mine too picked off the sand, and even though I heard it wasn't good, I really couldn't force them to feed near the filter. My tank was about one year running, when I added mine.

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Old 05-27-2012, 05:00 PM   #8
 
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Do you know why you lost yours? :(
At pet smart last time I was there, they had 2.. One was about an inch, the other was at least 2.5 inches. As long as they wouldn't be competing I could get two. ($20 on two shrimp that won't breed for me- the horror!)
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #9
 
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mine seems to be very hardy.he eat's anything in the tank including live bloodworms
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Do you know why you lost yours? :(
At pet smart last time I was there, they had 2.. One was about an inch, the other was at least 2.5 inches. As long as they wouldn't be competing I could get two. ($20 on two shrimp that won't breed for me- the horror!)
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Their life expectancy is 1.5 years, and they are all wild caught. I doubt they will breed for you. I don't know why they died. I wondered if they just didn't get enough nutrients. They are only $5.99 at Petco here. I've never seen them at Petsmart. Probably the larger they are the older they are. There is probably good and bad with getting the biggest. The largest are likely very hardy and are survivors. Who knows? If you look at my cover picture of my 43 gal tank, you'll see one of them. He was fanning, but it wasn't all that common, which always bothered me. Try them, you may have better luck! Just start with one, I think they do fine with one, but I felt mine were more comfortable when I had 2 because they hung out near each other.

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