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Old 06-09-2011, 02:37 PM   #11
 
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1. Have long life-span. RCS and ghost shrimp don't live too long, but will reproduce in your tank without overpopulating. You'll never have to buy more.
2. Should be veggie. They eat algae and vegetarian food.
3. Should be able to survive without food & water change when I go for short vacations (eg. 1 week). (Of course if preparations are done before I leave) With live plants, no problem there.
4. Care level should be easy as I have never had aquarium before. As long as the tank is cycled, there should be no problems.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #12
 
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1. Have long life-span. RCS and ghost shrimp don't live too long, but will reproduce in your tank without overpopulating. You'll never have to buy more.
2. Should be veggie. They eat algae and vegetarian food.
3. Should be able to survive without food & water change when I go for short vacations (eg. 1 week). (Of course if preparations are done before I leave) With live plants, no problem there.
4. Care level should be easy as I have never had aquarium before. As long as the tank is cycled, there should be no problems.
Well they dont eat Vegetarian food... just vegetables. Certainly you probably should not be feeding tofurkey to your shrimp...

I do agree shrimp is a good idea, but he/she asked for fish, and shrimp are not fish. Otherwise, snails would be a viable option too.
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:09 PM   #13
 
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Good point... but shrimp like algae tabs, and a ghost shrimp ate my dwarf baby tears...
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:37 AM   #14
 
Wow!!!. Really these inputs would help me a lot to acquire further information.

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Still not sure why you want the fish to be a vegetarian..
So that they can feed on live plants in case if I under feed them by mistake or when I am on short vacation.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:55 AM   #15
 
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If the main reason you want a plant eater is for survivability while you are away, then you should feel comforted to know that fish have a much different metabolism than mammals.

Your fish would actually be fine having a week free of food. If you were concerned there are options such as travel pellets that break away over time or an automatic feeder. I do think you should be cautious with an auto-feeder though some models with limited adjustment can over feed your fish.

I hope this helps :)

~Natalie
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