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Old 01/13/2007, 07:13 AM   #1
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Peppermint Shrimp - Personality

I just added 6 peppermint shrimp to my 30 gallon Nano tank a few days ago. The shrimp have been hanging out mostly in the crevices/caves of the live rock.

Is there anything I can do to encourage them to walk around the tank, either on the sand or walk over the live rock?

I feel bad for the shrimp; they are curious little guys, but they seem afraid to explore the tank. Is this just their personality?

Thanks for any answers!


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Old 01/13/2007, 08:19 AM   #2
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We have one in our 75. "He" mostly hangs upside down on the rocks swaying back and forth. Rarely do we see him walking around the sand. They hang out in rocks.

Something fun has happened though (we've had him 2.5 months) - when we feed our tank -- he comes out and now has gotten to the point where he will take flakes from the turkey baster! It's comical to watch.

I think what your seeing is normal for them.

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Old 01/13/2007, 09:07 AM   #3
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I have three in my 55g. They are actually very friendly. When I clean the tank they are always trying to get on my hand. They are all over the tank. When I first got them though they would hide. Give them time.


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Old 01/13/2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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Eric--IME time will help. Also, I believe that they are more active at night. They are probably all over the tank when the lights are out.

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Old 01/13/2007, 11:52 AM   #5
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I agree give them time and they'll come out more esp around feeding time.

Well, animals are not like people, Mrs. Simpson. Some of them act badly because they've had a hard life, or have been mistreated...but, like people, some of them are just jerks.
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Old 01/13/2007, 12:04 PM   #6
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they come out most at night. when they're comfortable they will come out in the day as well.

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Old 01/13/2007, 12:59 PM   #7
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Mine only comes out at feeding time and at night.

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Old 01/13/2007, 01:15 PM   #8
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lots of time man, my Peppermint shrimp "pepe" suits his name. He has more personality than the whole tank put together. If I put my hand in my tank, he comes and sits on it and cleans it. (I am serious). Cleaner shrimp are braver at first, but not as much fun.

It helps to feed them, that gives them some guts. Put just a bit of fish food in the tank (even if you don't have fish), they will come out and eat it. That makes them realize there is nothing to be scared of.

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