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Ghost Shrimp crawling out of the tank
Old 07-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
 
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Ghost Shrimp crawling out of the tank

I was looking closely at my background and realized that 2 Ghost shrimp had somehow crawled out of the tank and got stuck between the background and the tank. I didn't realize I had to worry about the Shrimp sneaking out of the tank. Is this a normal occurrence? What can be done, I have covers on my tank but there are enough tiny cracks for them to get out, if they are determined. Why would they want to leave the tank? Thoughts, anyone?
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:33 PM   #2
 
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I've never heard of ghosts trying to escape... I know many other inverts like to run away and you have to a tight-fitting lid on the tank.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #3
 
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I've never heard of ghosts trying to escape... I know many other inverts like to run away and you have to a tight-fitting lid on the tank.

I feel bad that it happened. I can't imagine why they were trying to get out. I mean, what might they have been looking for? Not to mention the first gulp of air??? You would think they would have turned around and went back the other way. The strangest thing is that they sort of dry out pinkish and look EXACTLY like some of the shrimp food that I fee to the other fish. I couldn't feed them to the others though as they were pets. Just sad, and weird. Hope none of the others try to find a way out. Maybe looking through the glass at their crunchy friends would make them think twice?
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:29 PM   #4
 
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If you've ever fed your shrimp 'river shrimp', I'm pretty sure those are ghosts.

Not sure why they tried to escape... All I can think of is that it's instinct when the water parameters are wrong or there isn't enough food.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:35 PM   #5
 
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Yeah, I don't know. I am compulsive about cleaning the tank and I check water parameters often but I also over feed on purpose to make sure the bottom fish and shrimp get enough to eat. I do have my tanks very very full most of the time too so... not a lot of space between water line and top of tank. I feel bad, I wish I knew what caused this. Maybe they felt threatened by other fish? I never noticed anyone bothering them. They would swim around right past the fish and not seem nervous at all. I did see fish go down to take a look at them but then swim away when the shrimp would rear up at them.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:42 PM   #6
 
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redchigh pretty much said what I was thinking with the water parameters but it could've also been being chased by a fish or something. Something that stressed it and made it want to get away. Sometimes shrimp do just crawl out though so I wouldn't be too worried. While researching shrimp almost everywhere I read said to make sure you had a tight fitting lid and all holes (around filter and heater) were covered because sometimes this happens. I've never had it happen but I do check around once in a while just in case.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:55 PM   #7
 
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can you check your water parameters?
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:56 PM   #8
 
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Just in case I put a piece of tape over the hole in the back BUT now I am worried that if they were trying to get away from a fish, they wouldn't be able to. Ugh! I could drive myself nuts worrying about such things, couldn't I?

I think the water parameters are fine and the tank is well fed, though maybe too clean? Everything else seems so happy so... Not sure if I want to make any changes without knowing what cause it for sure. I guess for now, I will be on a wait and see plan.
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:49 PM   #9
 
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I think testing your actual parameters would be better than wait'n'see...

Of course, ghost shrimp are normally sold as feeders anyway, so consider them less a pet and more of a snack.
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:08 PM   #10
 
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I'm suddenly glad my background is taped to the back of the tank. Could the background have bubbled away from the back of the tank and created a way for them to get in? They're curious little creatures so there's always a chance it was nothing. I agree too though check your water to be safe. On an unrelated not my betta tried to kill mine in a rather unconventional way last night. He shook in the net and flipped the little guy off the side. I almost had to call in reinforcements lol.
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