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Author Topic: Another Amano Shrimp Question  (Read 2700 times)
jimmyd
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« on: July 23, 2009, 06:33:50 PM »

I have four Amano Shrimp in my 20 gallon (maybe 5, but there's always at least one hiding so I'm not sure... I originally bought 5). Anyway, some of them are a bit more brave than others. Some will hide all of the time; some will venture out from base camp (a piece of drift wood) a bit but then return after seeing either myself or the tetras; but there are one or two that can be spotted on regular occasion scraping away at the plant leaves throughout the tank.

Ever since my first water change after buying them I've noticed odd behavior. Every time I drain the first few gallons of water out of the tank, the shrimp start acting crazy. They start doing laps around the perimeter of the tank, and do so very quickly... just going around and around. They don't stop until I've refilled the tank with water.

Has anybody else ever seen this happen? Is this standard behavior for all shrimp? It's almost as if they're looking for a way out of the tank. I'm assuming that in their natural habitat the water will drain or recede from time to time, maybe signaling that it's time to migrate, mate, or whatever. I just think it's really funny to seem them so active.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2009, 09:32:56 PM »

Are you using a python and cleaning the gravel at the same time you are doing your water change??  If so, the shrimp are more them likely running around eating tiny particles that have come to the surface of your substrate and loving every minute of it   happy
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009, 10:11:58 PM »

To add to what Ed asked...  Do you turn the filter off when you drain the tank?  My amanos live in the driftwood, I had 7 of them, I think - not sure if I still have that many or not, the most I see is 5 at a time, but they come out when I turn the filters off to feed the tank or when doing water changes.  I think them may enjoy a little less current than what I have going.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2009, 01:13:19 PM »

Good points Ed and Mary. I do syphon the gravel and I do turn off the filter when I syphon, so maybe it's a little bit of both that brings them out.  Thanks kewl
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2009, 12:54:47 AM »

Kind of off topic...  But I have this one female amano that is HUGE.  Smiley  She's probably a solid 1.5 inches, just LOVES eating live blackworms.  Feel very bad for the worms it's horrible to watch...  uhoh  And she seems to be constantly berried.  I wish I could get a good picture of her that shows just how spectacular she is.  The males are dwarfed in size compared to her.  Never had one like her before.  I wish I had the inclination to attempt to raise them.
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