Missing cleaner shrimp

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  1. darrencon

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    My cleaner shimp disappeared in December while I was on holiday. I bought another one on friday... and it has disappeared too. I have not seen it since.

    I think it's a gonner cause cleaner shrimps do not normally hide away. I have a large fireshrimp which is fine and my tank and livestock look great so I know its not environmental.

    I do have an unidentified crab which I cant catch... Do you think that this is the culprit? I have no other livestock that would eat a shriimp except for a large anemone.......

    Any idea's?
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    How long did you acclimatize the shrimp for?

    You need to do it for a long time with them, but are quite hardy when they are in your tank.
     
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    How big is the crab? and what else is in the tank?
     
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    Acclimatised for 1 hour using the drip method.

    Crab is about the size of a R5 coin.

    Other livestock:
    Jananese Tang
    Yellow Tang
    Carpenters Wrasse
    4 Chromis
    2 False perculars
    Fireshrimp
    Blue cheek Goby
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Nothing there (never heard of Japanese tang though)

    The acclimatisation process needs to be over 6 or 6 hours though - i think i outlined it in your other thread, it does depend on the difference between the water at the lfs and yours but, think of it like decompression stops after a deep dive - if you rush them, you risk serious injury or death.
     
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    6 hours??? I have never done it that long for any livestock. Thanks for the info.

    Japanese tang's more common name is a Naso Tang. (was sold to me as a japanase tang)
     
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    All inverts need a similar time for acclimatisation, over night is easier if you can drip feed so the overflow goes back in the sump.


    How big is your tank, out of interest
     
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    cant do overnight. I dont have a sump

    My tank is 3ft... approx 200L
     
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    Ok, well you will still need to acclimatise over several hours.


    To be honest, both the yellow and the Naso (lipstick tang) will quickly out grow your 3ft tank - the naso can grow to 10-12 inches (300mm) and will get very stressed.
     
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    I have to agree, both those fish need plenty swimming space.
     
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    Thanks - I am ware of that.... will keep an eye.

    They are not large and I dont have a lot of live rock so there is a lot of swimming space.

    I plan to upgrade tank size or I will sell them.
     
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    Upgrade, i like that, great idea - how big? 2m+? how soon, can you start the planning now:whistling:
     
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    No no dont sell them, tell the wife that they need more swimming space and its your duty to supply it;)

    yeah 2m would be great:thumbup:
     
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    As much as we would like to see you upgrade, please make sure you sort out some kind of backup power first.
     
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    Yeah I am sure that would work.... she loves the yellow tang;)

    It shouldnt cost too much to go 2M. Dont need skimmer and sump so just a few more lights and the actual tank and stand....

    My anemone is also growing very quickly and will soon outgrow my tank and I am not giving him up... nursed him to full heath.... very proud of him.....:)
     
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    They only thing I a concerned about is the cold in winter... I have an organic tank so I am not worried about no skimming etc...(I dont have one).

    I have a battery powered air pump for circulation if needs be.
     
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    That's the spirit, good man:thumbup: :thumbup:
     
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    Hi Darren! THAT's THE WAY TO GO! So glad to hear that you were able to nurse the anemone to health!
     
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