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Welsh 07-21-2010 11:36 AM

Red Cherry Shrimp
My shrimp must be the laziest little things that I have ever kept. I hear most peoples stay active all the time and swim around the tank constantly, all mine do is hide in the moss. I did have 23 to start off with but when I moved them last night to a bigger tank there were only 12 :( Is there anything I can do to make them swim? The temp is a constant 80 degrees and they have a filter too, with ludwigia and hygrophilia aswell as java moss.

Thanks :)

Inga 07-21-2010 11:48 AM

Granted I know nothing about shrimp but one question came to mind when reading this. What happened to all the other shrimp? Is someone else in there eating them? If so, could that be why they are not out and about in the tank? Maybe they are hiding from a predator? Just a total guess.

Welsh 07-21-2010 12:03 PM

I had 2 baby apple snails in the tank with them, the shrimp are in a 4 gallon cube now on their own and still no movement, it just looks empty lol.

aunt kymmie 07-21-2010 12:05 PM

Maybe it's the heat? I use to keep my RCS at 80 but dialed it back down to 77 and I see much more activity. Just a thought...

Inga 07-21-2010 12:18 PM

Apple snails and Cherry Shrimp, you are almost ready for a fruit salad. lol I don't know what the answer is but I hope you can work it out. I know it is disheartening to be looking at an empty tank. Maybe changing the temp as Kymmie suggested will work.

redchigh 07-21-2010 12:37 PM

A couple things...
1. Try to lower the tamp as Kymmie suggested.
2. What kind of filter do you have? RCS don't swim per se, but if there's too much current they will hide.
3. How long have you had the tank? MAKE SURE you cover your filter intake, since RCS only live about 1-2 years- breeding them is the only way to keep a constant supply, even if it's for your own entertainment.
4. PH isn't SO important, the original species was in soft water. Calcium is more important than PH, as long as Ph is within reason (preferably 6.0-8.0), what's the Kh? Do you put leaves in the tank? If the Kh (calcium content) is too low and/or you dont give them leaves, they will die when they try to molt.
Just go out in the woods and find a leafy tree (I prefer oak or maple) and soak the leaves in water until they turn blackish brown and sink, and drop them in. Makes nice decor as well. You can buy almond leaves on aquabid supercheap if you're worried, but I wouldn't do it with RCS. IMO, the risk is marginal. If I was breeding high-grade crystal reds, you better believe I'd be using almond leaves. With shrimp worth about 50 cents each? not so much.)

I no longer keep RCS- I sold out my tank with the agreement that my business partner would give me a discount to restock, and he hasn't responded to my emails at all.
That being said, he does still sell them. I don't plan on updating my topic because of that, but he does still sell them and they're good quality. I'll honor anyone who posts there trying to buy.

Now my shrimp tank is a Guppy maternity ward and grow-out tank. (It's SUPER heavily planted).
I made the mistake of selling some guppy females, so now I only have 4 females to 12 males... I'm keeping the females seperate fo they don't get pestered to death, and letting their fry grow up with them. quite touching to see them eat together, and the females leave them alone when they come out for feeding time. The mothers haven't eaten any young, I think they're treating it as a retirement home. Just laying around, but they're healthy.


Welsh 07-21-2010 01:01 PM

I've had the tank for about 4 months, its fully cycled and the filter flow is very minimal. I did notice that they swam more when I didn't have a heater in the tank so I will lower the temp and see if it makes a difference.

Thanks :)

A little confused about the guppy thing though lol

redchigh 07-21-2010 01:25 PM

Well, you can usually ignore my rants.. :P

Welsh 07-21-2010 02:12 PM

Haha, you confuse me sometimes :p

It worked btw, I turned the temp down and there are shrimp zipping around everywhere :) its a miracle :p

Thankyou :)

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