03-08-2010, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by fishesfriend
Is it possible to have
A pair of scarlet cleaner shrimp
A pair of fire shrimp
A trio of pepper
in my tank( there will be a pistol shrimp)? This sounds like a lot to me, but I won't know if I don't ask.
I see no problem with seven shrimp in a 40 gallon tank. All three species are non-territorial, and overall peaceful. The "Fire" Shrimp is also called the "Blood-Red" or "Scarlet Cleaner" Shrimp. There are also "Scarlet Skunk Cleaner" Shrimp, which have the same basic fuction as the Fire Shrimp. They feed off of parasites that cling to fish, such as Ich and other nasty parasites. When they are not feeding from cleaning, they will eat anything else, such as microfauna, detritus and uneaten food. The Skunk Shrimp have a tendency to be more out in the open than the Fire Shrimp; I have had both and enjoy watching the Skunk more than the Fire Shrimp.
As far as Peppermint Shrimp go, they are really not a necessary addition to reef aquaria. Most people buy them as aiptasia control. Although sometimes a good form of aiptasia control, you have to buy them from the correct region and sometimes it takes half of a dozen or more to control it. They are a nocturnal shrimp, so you will not see them at all during the day (although sometimes they "hide" in the open if you are lucky).
What is the fish stocking list, to see if there are compatibilty issues there?