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Old 08-18-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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Freshwater shrimp

Hi,
I was wondering if shrimp can be used to scavenge uneated food. I am planning to trasfer my 5 corycats from my 20 gallon to my 55 so that they have more swimming room But I also want something to scavenge. Also, how many should I put in?

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
 
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As long as the shrimp are not too small to be eaten, they work fine. Most fish view crustaceans as "food" so shrimp small enough to be eaten by a fish likely will be. Cory for instance would relish small shrimp. But larger shrimp, fine. I only have one shrimp, it arrived by accident (in with pygmy cory), not even sure which species, but he is in the 10g with very tiny fish including the pygmy cory. I'll leave it to one of the shrimp experts to suggest species.

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Old 08-18-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
 
To clarify, you are putting the shrimp onto the 20g correct? What other fish are in the 20g?
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:29 PM   #4
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Yes, it is for the 20 gallon. I have
2 otos
4 adult platies
8-9 platy fry about a quarter of an inch long

I also currently have 5 albino cory cats that I'll transfer into the 55G

I have 4-5 aponogetons, 1 anubias & 1 Windelov java fern on driftwood, 1 java moss ball, 1 fake driftwood, 1 fake cavern and some plastic plants.

I need to update the aquarium profile pics since I don't have zebra danios in it anymore, and I've rearranged the decor and added live plants as well.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:41 PM   #5
 
Most kinds of shrimp you can get will compete with the Oto's for food. Also the platys will surely eat shrimp fry. If you want shrimp, you can go with most of the dwarf species and amano shrimp. Red cherries are the most popular. The adults wont be bothered by the other fish but the fry will definitely be eaten. Amano shrimp wont breed in your tank, but will do an excellent job of scavenging for leftover food as well as eat some algaes that your Oto's will not eat.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:29 AM   #6
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Most kinds of shrimp you can get will compete with the Oto's for food. Also the platys will surely eat shrimp fry. If you want shrimp, you can go with most of the dwarf species and amano shrimp. Red cherries are the most popular. The adults wont be bothered by the other fish but the fry will definitely be eaten. Amano shrimp wont breed in your tank, but will do an excellent job of scavenging for leftover food as well as eat some algaes that your Oto's will not eat.
Thanks SinCrisis ! I'll be looking for the shrimp. Will keep you posted on what I got
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:58 AM   #7
 
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amani fyi the amanos get big as adults very much bigger then the rcs.rcs breed readily in a tank given the right conditions and java fern. my tank has over 40 rcs and un numbered minute babies.lots of hiding places will help with their breeding.for real scavengers that aren't afriad of platies are the ghosts shrimp.they too breed easily in the tank
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:00 PM   #8
 
the amanos get big but not giant only around 2 inches at the most. They will usually only breed in brackish water so in freshwater, they are unlikely to breed in a freshwater tank.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:04 PM   #9
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the amanos get big but not giant only around 2 inches at the most. They will usually only breed in brackish water so in freshwater, they are unlikely to breed in a freshwater tank.
Hmmm, I guess I'll get Amanos...when I add the shrmip, I don't want to have too much bioload. I've got a Java fern and a java moss ball (among other plants). I also have a fake rock cave as well.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:16 PM   #10
 
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they look like giants compared to rcs bamboos looks good too.. filter feeder
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