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stevef10 03-21-2009 08:22 PM

Questions about ghost and bamboo shrimp
I have 2 questions. First, I have 2 bamboo shrimp in my 29 gallon community tank and they were fine the first day they were in there, pretty active. But today they sat on the top of the heater all day and never moved. Just wondering if this is normal for these guys or if something is wrong?

Water parameters - ammonia: 0; nitrites: 0; nitrates: about 20; temp: 80 degrees; I do a 5 gallon water change every weekend

2nd question: what exactly does a ghost shrimp molt look like? There's something that looks like a dead shrimp (legs, antennae, everything) in the bottom of the tank but I've heard the molt looks like a dead shrimp. Do they lose their legs and antennae and everything or is that a dead shrimp? It's really pale white and kinda turning a pinkish color.

Blaxicanlatino 04-06-2009 08:02 AM

im surprised that nobody has replied yet but you may want to post this in the inverterbrates section. I dont have any experience with Bamboo shrimp, but from my experience with any other shrimp, shrimp tend to be a bit lethargic when close to molting. Or since Bamboo shrimp filter feed through the water current, the shrimp may have found the heater to be a good place that the current goes through so it can collect food. I do however own ghost shrimp. When a ghst shirmp molts, it DOES look alot like a dead shrimp...only difference is that the mold is nearly completely transparent. A dead shrimp however is white then turns pink. Sounds like you got a dead shrimp on your hands.

Blaxicanlatino 04-06-2009 08:04 AM

the mold also does have the antenna and legs and everything really

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