Amano Shrimp Always Hiding?

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Hi everyone, I have a bit of a problem.
I just added some Amano Shrimp to my 10G aquarium yesterday. At first they were always out sifting through the plants and moss ball, on top of decor etc. Now, all they’re doing is hiding! My tank has 6 ghost shrimp and 1 male betta and now 4 Amano shrimp. The ghost shrimp are always out, and my betta couldn’t care about them. But for some reason the amanos wont come out of their little hideyhole. What should I do? Will they eventually come out?

Edit: I did just find a few molted shells. Not sure if its from the ghosties or amanos but could that be why they’re hiding?

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Does the betta pick on them at all?
Do you have plenty of hiding places?
Were they in a tank with fish at the store?

They are probably just getting used to the tank.
 

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Does the betta pick on them at all?
Do you have plenty of hiding places?
Were they in a tank with fish at the store?

They are probably just getting used to the tank.
Not really, he’ll just kind of stare at some of the ghosties for a second and swim off, only seen him try and bite them if theres some food that floated down near them
Yep, quite a few
They were in a tank with a few other shrimp and some plants.
 

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They may just be getting used to having a fish with them then. Once they realize that the betta won't hurt them and they get settled in their new tank they should be fine. My amanos are always out and about.
 

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They may just be getting used to having a fish with them then. Once they realize that the betta won't hurt them and they get settled in their new tank they should be fine. My amanos are always out and about.
Should I add any more hiding spots?
 

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Looks very nice! I'd add a few more hiding places, at least until they get settled.
 

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I find they tend to hide a lot during the day, especially in groups. They're basically nocturnal, so expect to see them more an hour or so after the lights go off
 

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A friend of mine has a shrimp only tank that had the same issue. They were pretty timid until he added more shrimp(of different species even, I seem to recall). Suddenly they were super comfortable. Shrimp tend towards a Safety In Numbers survival strategy, so if they are meek but you only have a couple, that seems pretty normal.
 

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I just wanted to share my shrimp + betta experience, since it has been quite different, but appeared the same in the early days.
I have a lone male betta in a well planted 10g, with lots of hides and refuges. Being very much a community tank person (as opposed to species only) I wanted more critters in the tank. I added a single large ghost shrimp, and things seemed peachy. They appeared to ignore each other.
All the while, I'd been battling fin rot, and imagine my surprise when 2 months after putting the two together I saw the ghost clearly take a swipe at (try to catch) the betta as it swam overhead. I think the ghost's claws have been part of the fin rot problem.
Needless to say, the ghost was immediately removed to another tank, and eventually rehomed (it was going after everything in the other tank too).
I had also added a med sized amano, and the betta doesn't like it (or think he might like it very much - as a snack). So the amano is always hiding. I'm sure it comes out after lights are out without any issues. The amano seems quite capable of getting clear of the betta when they do cross paths (eg water change day when I disturb it's hidey places), and i suspect it will eventually get big enough that the betta will ignore/accept it.
So, the short version of the story is a) don't trust the ghost just because things seem fine, and b) the betta might be part of the reason the amanos stayed scarce for a while.
 

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I just wanted to share my shrimp + betta experience, since it has been quite different, but appeared the same in the early days.
I have a lone male betta in a well planted 10g, with lots of hides and refuges. Being very much a community tank person (as opposed to species only) I wanted more critters in the tank. I added a single large ghost shrimp, and things seemed peachy. They appeared to ignore each other.
All the while, I'd been battling fin rot, and imagine my surprise when 2 months after putting the two together I saw the ghost clearly take a swipe at (try to catch) the betta as it swam overhead. I think the ghost's claws have been part of the fin rot problem.
Needless to say, the ghost was immediately removed to another tank, and eventually rehomed (it was going after everything in the other tank too).
I had also added a med sized amano, and the betta doesn't like it (or think he might like it very much - as a snack). So the amano is always hiding. I'm sure it comes out after lights are out without any issues. The amano seems quite capable of getting clear of the betta when they do cross paths (eg water change day when I disturb it's hidey places), and i suspect it will eventually get big enough that the betta will ignore/accept it.
So, the short version of the story is a) don't trust the ghost just because things seem fine, and b) the betta might be part of the reason the amanos stayed scarce for a while.
You sure that ghost wasn't a whisker? Whisker shrimp have quite the reputation for going after Betta fins, and are often sold as ghost shrimp and look very similar. If it didn't have two red dots on each claw arm and two red dots on the tail, it wasn't a ghost. Literally half the ghost shrimp I buy end up being whiskers. I got a bunch of berried ghosts (ended up with some whiskers) and the whiskers were the first to release their larvae and after a few days all had passed, so I think they may need a saltwater stage too, so that could also help differentiate them
 
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