Shrimp Molt Or Dead?

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  1. georgelee1000

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    I bought 20 blue velvet with 19 arrived alive. Today when I try to do a head count, there’s only 10ish. I do have driftwood, Moss etc for them to hide. Are they just good hiders? My ammonia/nitrate and nitrite are 0. Cycled tank. GH KH both around 120-180. TDS is around 200.

    Also is this a molt or dead shrimp. I’ve noticed at least 3 things like this. Do shrimps molt this often? Like within 2 days of transfer to a new tank?

    Thank you all.
     
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    Congrats on your new shrimp!
    What you see there is a molt. They will molt every 2-4 weeks, so with 19 shrimp you should find ~ 1 molt per day. It is perfectly normal.
    And yes, shrimp are very good at hiding, especially if the tank has other inhabitants. Youll never be able to see all 19 shrimp at once unless you remove all your decor, plants, etc, and even then some will try to squeeze themselves into the gravel to hide (so be careful when you gravel vac!)
     
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    Thank you all.
     
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