Bamboo Shrimps And Vampire Shrimp Battling

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I added 3 bamboo shrimp to my planted tank over the course of the last 2 months....they are doing well and feeding fine as well as good tankmates....I decided to toss in a vampire shrimp 2 weeks ago...

...the largest bamboo promptly got into a boxing match with the vampire...seems the vampire lost and spent all his time at the bottom of the spray bar while the others are at the top

he must be eating ok because he isn't foraging the substrate...but today I see he tried to move up the bar a bit and boxed the smaller bamboos...(the larger is wandering around in the moss on the other side)

are they just creating a pecking order?...I read they get along fine but I am getting different results

you can see the cholla wood that I added to give them more habitable space..2 of the bamboo are currently occupying it and the vampire is hiding below in the swords again
 

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Vampires and bamboos shrimp are generally very peaceful shrimp. Vampires tend to be more shy too. There have been cases where they will get into little scuffles with one another, but they don't have any weapons that can cause serious damage. They are likely just jostling one another for the prime feeding spots.

My vampire tends to spend most of his time on the ground rather than climbing as your bamboos do. It may just be because of his large size that he doesn't. But as long as your vampire is feeding down where he is he'll be fine. I always know my vampire is eating from his pleco level poo.

Just keep an eye on them to make sure they are eating and remaining healthy. I've heard of no cases where they would kill one another or wound one another so I wouldn't expect anything like that. How big is the vampire compared to the larger bamboo?
 

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Once the vampire gains some size he may become a bit more confident around the larger bamboo. They are definitely the shyer of the two. Otherwise as long as they are all eating I wouldn't expect the battling to amount to much. Just vying for the best spot in the flow.
 
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just as a heads up, they are all doing fine....the vampire shrimp won't climbup past a few inches but he is well within site of the 3 bamboo....I'm gonna toss at least 1 more vampire when I can to give him a better sense of security

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