what has happened to my shrimps??

  1. tom5678

    tom5678 Valued Member Member

    in my 5 gallon tropical fish tank i have got 5 amano shrimp, 6 orange shrimp and 2 red cherry shrimp.
    when i added the orange shrimp about 2 weeks ago they were all bright orange. But now about half of them are almost grey. what has happened to them?
    i dont know if they are overcrowded but i dont really have any more room. as my 50 gallon has a bristle nose pleco in it and he will eat them =[
    so any info on what has happened will be appreciated and also any advice on getting the colour back =]
  2. b

    binskiboi Valued Member Member

    ive heard havnig multiple types of shrimp in a tank can cause them to turn ugly colors (due to them breeding i believe)
  3. OP

    tom5678 Valued Member Member

    well ive not had any baby ones :p
    is there any way to get the colour back?
  4. iloveengl

    iloveengl Well Known Member Member

    Are there lots of leafy places and decor for them to hide? They may be molting. (hopefully)
  5. OP

    tom5678 Valued Member Member

    well there is some driftwood and like a small plant with lots of big leaves that they can hide in. but there isnt really anything to hide from because there are no other fish.
  6. redlessi

    redlessi Well Known Member Member

    What are you feeding them? Make sure there is nothing with cooper in it............