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claw_atticas 05-10-2008 05:22 PM

Ghost shrimp burrowing problem
In my 5 gallon marine aquarium, I have five or six ghost shrimp (or glass shrimp) (they're classified as fresh water, but I found them in brackish/salt water), but the only problem is that they love to burrow, and bury themselves. Originally I didn't see this as much of a problem, but when they don't show up, I'm starting to wonder if they burrowed and died.
I found one of them died by finding a piece of the tail against the filter intake, so now I'm doing a search for the rest of it.
Does anyone have much trouble with animals which bury themselves like this, and know a good way to find them, other than digging through every inch of sand in the aquarium?

1077 05-12-2008 09:53 AM

Could be they are molting rather than dying. Is there anything else in tank that could eat them? They will hide if they feel threatend.

MattD 05-13-2008 12:28 PM

I'd like to add that, as far as I know, Ghost shrimp are strictly freshwater species with some living in brackish systems. I'd say you're mistaken the species you have for a full SW genus. I don't think they are genuine ghost shrimp, Palaemonetes kadakensis.

If P. Kadakensis are able to survive in full SW systems I'll be shocked - this will prove to me they are highly versatile inverts. :shock:

claw_atticas 05-16-2008 03:50 AM

I got these shrimp in a lagoon which varies from full SW to freshwater, and the salinity of the water I got them from, on the day I got them read 1.021
In the first picture, you can see the shrimp in the middle of the picture, by the 'red eye' from the camera flash, and the orange brine shrimp flake he's eating.

In this picture, there are two, one in the background eating a brine shrimp flake, and the one in the foreground that had already eaten a flake or two. (Picture taken with flashlight, no camera flash)

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