01-21-2006, 08:52 AM
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IME with amano shrimp is when they are introduced into a lower PH water than they came in they don't handle it well, What I did is the drip method Matt uses, I did this over a 5 hr time span, I did also add a air stone to the bucket. Keep in mind that you should use a big bucket,I used the 5 gallon variety,to avoid temptation of the shrimp climbing out. I also collected some hair algea and added to the holding tank for them to munch on, Also they did good with Java moss. I think(IMO) the shrimp are purged,like fish,prior to shipment to reduce fouling the water and they are very hungry when they arrive. I have had this experience with the amano and cherry reds.
I used a bare bottom 10 gallon for the shrimp,this allowed me to monitor them for the first several days that they arrived and with the smaller tank allowed me to ensure the shrimp were getting plenty to eat, I have added them directly to a planted tank,but the ones in the 10 seemed to acclimate better.
From there it is very easy to do 10% water changes with your tanks water to acclimate them to the water in that tank,usually it is less of a shock since they have been fattened up and already had a chance not to be stressed anymore than they were from shipping.
HTH,I know it has been very helpful to me in the past.