Skunk cleaner shrimp behavior?

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Got this skunk cleaner shrimp 5 days agom hes been very active espcially when i put food. 2 days ago he started to hang at the bag when i put food he barely gets active. Im worried. He spend most of his days hanging in this corner upside down. Should i stop treating the shrimp like a fish and they eat when they eat or whats the deal?
 

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usually they 'eat when they eat' - i.e. treat them like a fish. Additionally - when getting ready to molt - they often go away to a corner, etc. EDIT - or after they molt
He didnt molt. Hes just hanging like the video. He usually goes around and etc. My system is stable and nothing changed.
 

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Shrimp are rarely active when there’s fish in the tank. It’s often a survival skill (I can’t see your video on my phone unfortunately so I’m just assuming).
Another reason as said above is due to potentially starting to molt. This can take a while to do and often once molted they vanish to harden off their new exoskeleton.
The other reason I can think of, he’s set up a cleaning station. He will sit here and do a what seems to be a dance, this is him trying to attract fish to get cleaned. Mine often cleans my Foxface and Tang. Here’s a photo of what I mean (Lysmata amboinensis cleaning a Ctenochaetus binotatus).
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Shrimp are rarely active when there’s fish in the tank. It’s often a survival skill (I can’t see your video on my phone unfortunately so I’m just assuming).
Another reason as said above is due to potentially starting to molt. This can take a while to do and often once molted they vanish to harden off their new exoskeleton.
The other reason I can think of, he’s set up a cleaning station. He will sit here and do a what seems to be a dance, this is him trying to attract fish to get cleaned. Mine often cleans my Foxface and Tang. Here’s a photo of what I mean (Lysmata amboinensis cleaning a Ctenochaetus binotatus).
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Understandable. Can you check the video now
 
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Got this skunk cleaner shrimp 5 days agom hes been very active espcially when i put food. 2 days ago he started to hang at the bag when i put food he barely gets active. Im worried. He spend most of his days hanging in this corner upside down. Should i stop treating the shrimp like a fish and they eat when they eat or whats the deal?
May be going into molting period which it will be less active with cruising around and eating
 
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May be going into molting period which it will be less active with cruising around and eating
Came to my tank this morning and i see a dead shrimp on the ground i freaked out screaming hea dead till he showed up behind a rock. Man almost lost it..
 
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Came to my tank this morning and i see a dead shrimp on the ground i freaked out screaming hea dead till he showed up behind a rock. Man almost lost it..
Just wait till you catch them eating their molt. That's when the true discomfort sets in!
 
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Came to my tank this morning and i see a dead shrimp on the ground i freaked out screaming hea dead till he showed up behind a rock. Man almost lost it..
As mentioned. . tell tale signs of a molt
 

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He eats what? He eats himself? why
Shrimp are know to eat their own molts as a way to recapture calcium. They won’t always do it, but if you see your shrimps munching on a recent molt, that may be why. Nature is fascinating!
 
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