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Author Topic: Where's the weirdest place you've found a shrimp?  (Read 3048 times)
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« on: May 13, 2011, 10:46:01 AM »

So I've found dead shrimp on top of the aquarium cover and even on my office chair that sits next to my 20 gallon. Where I found a shrimp last night though, is what prompted me to ask if anybody else has found shrimp in weird places.

I was doing laundry last night and as I was taking my clothes out of the dryer I happened to look at the washing machine to the left and see a red cherry shrimp sitting on top of the washer. Keep in mind, I live in an apartment building where the washer and dryer are in the basement and common to the building. As far as I know I'm the only one in the building with fish tanks.

The only explanation I can come up with is that a shrimp jumped out of the 5 gallon tank in my bedroom and crawled across the floor toward the laundry hamper. It probably crawled into a pile of dirty laundry on the floor, then got scooped up and washed with the rest of the clothes. Needless to say, I was pretty surprised to see a shrimp on the washer, four floors down.

Am I the only one with shrimp that like to abandon ship and end up in odd places? The funny thing is that the lids on my tanks pretty much cover up all open spaces. There's only about 5% that is not covered and these shrimp seem to find that space.
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011, 05:28:50 AM »

Can shrimp even move out of water is more than question to me? I have Ghost shrimp and have lost my first this morning (result of temp moving to a bag last night while I redesigned the tank) but he was in the tank.  When I take mine out of the tank and they're in the net they are almost flat against the net surface.  Really cannot see how they can stand and run about on land as such.

Then again, maybe I'm just wrong (first time with shrimp) but I would say it's more likely one has escaped when you have been cleaning or something and without knowing it's end up in these random places.

If they are running about then that's pretty freaky tbh lol
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2011, 03:14:51 PM »

Oddly enough, they can move outside of the tank. I think the bigger the shrimp is, the more able it is to move around. Red cherries tend to just lay there with an occassional jump here and there.

I once had an Amano shrimp escape the tank during a cleaning and land on the floor... he started to crawl across the floor, dragging his tail. I also once returned from vacation to find a crayfish had jumped out of my tank, crawled across my bedroom floor, down the hall, and into the bathroom.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011, 06:23:13 AM »

lol

My shrimp just stay in their tank.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2011, 10:37:52 AM »

I have had ghost shrimp forever and they stay in my tanks fine - covered or not. I have had 1 cherry shrimp leave the tank and I have had 1 amano shrimp leave the tank - dont know why and so far it has just been the one of each. Covering your tanks is the best thing - but I am one of those folks that like mine open.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011, 01:55:54 PM »

I think shrimp are pretty creepy anyway, but this thread has convinced me never to get any lol  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2011, 07:30:47 PM »

that's kind of strange Jimmy, but hey I believe what ya say .. strange shrimp lol

Sherri, my tank is covered but when its been left open I do not worry about them escaping lol ... fuzzy, you should give them a go they are pretty fun tbh Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2011, 10:37:27 PM »

Mine stay in their tank (I have RCS). I was a bit ambivalent at first, but now think they are cool...

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2011, 01:36:36 PM »

Grass shrimp (salt water) do NOT stay in or even near their tanks.

When I had salt water tanks I found them all over the house.  I haven't had a salt water tank in almost a year and I am still finding them.
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