02-24-2011, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Inga
I know there have been Shrimp discussions and for some reason, I think I was deterred by some of the info. Now however, I was sort of talked into trying some shrimp. Someone was telling me that Shrimp really clean out the gravel and they also go up onto the plants and eat any bits of food left by the fish or algae that might be growing. Is that true? Would they hurt any of the fish? I have 2 tanks I might add them to.
In one tank I have Guppies and a Pleco. I also have 2 Assassin snails and 2 large Mystery snails. I wouldn't want the shrimp to hurt any of them. I was thinking of Ghost shrimp or Red cherry Shrimp but not sure of the differences?
In the other tank I have Gourami, Tiger Barbs, Platy, Rainbow Shark and Cories. Also the Mystery snails and a few Assassins.
If Shrimp would be a benefit to these tanks and would not hurt the fish, how many would I need and which kind is best?
What would be the downside to owning shrimp?
I have been considering shrimp as well and would go with the cherry shrimp which are said to breed readily and are harmless to fish.It is the fish who could harm/eat the shrimp and i would not place them in the second tank you mentioned for that reason.
Don't think guppies would bother them but fish in second tank would.
Ghost shrimp are cheaper but I'm going to try cherry shrimp. almost bought them this morning but opted for more plant's until weather is warmer. I'm nervous about shipping livestock in cold months but that's just me.