Did my fish eat my shrimp, or are they hiding?

AlexW9102

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Last week, I bought 3 shrimp, a marimo ball, and 2 mollies (one male, one female) to go along with my 3 Glofish tetras (2 females, 1 male) in my 15 gallon tank. When I first got the tank, I made sure to add plenty of plants and a structure where the fish can go in and out of (but I can still see inside it completely). The shrimp are a bit bigger than my thumbnail (like 2 cm). When I first added the shrimp, I did exactly what the employee from Petco told me to do. I turned off the light and gave the other fish some food so they won't peck at the shrimp on their way down to the bottom. And it went great! The shrimp seemed right at home. But the next day, I spotted two of them, but not the last one. My dad said the fish probably ripped it apart and ate it. My mom said it probably hid inside the plants or burrowed under the rocks. What I did notice, though, was a molted shrimp shell. It looked like it belonged to the largest shrimp or the one that I couldn't find. I thought it's possible that the shrimp molted and felt vulnerable, so it hid very well. The next day, two were missing, and it appeared that it was the other two. And lo and behold, there was the other shrimp that I couldn't see the day before. Now it is day two since the other two disappeared, and I can't see either of them. This time, there aren't any shells lying around. Is it possible for those small shrimp to hide under the gravel or under decorations? Or did the fish really eat them?
 

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One day i put 15 full grown Cherry shrimp in my aquarium and for a week straight i didn't see a single one of em. 1 Month later i had atleast a 100 of em and a giant colony in my filter. They're probably hiding or maybe they got sucked up by your filter.
 
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I really hope they're toughing it out and hiding! I have an Aqueon filter for a 20 gallon tank, and the slits in the tube look too small for shrimp to get through. Just to be sure, I opened it up to see if there were any shrimp in there. Luckily there weren't any. I guess I'll just have to wait and see when they'll show up. I'm hoping that I can prove them wrong and that they haven't actually been eaten.
 

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