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PostSubject: Best Shrimp ?   Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:54 pm

Out of the shrimps available to buy what would you say is the best cleaner shrimp? Are they all the same but diff colours or are some better than others? I quite like the cherry ones & i think there is a green shrimp ?
I've never delved into shrimps but seen as i have an empty tank i'm deciding whether a guppy or 2 & some shrimps would be ideal to keep it going. Its approx 2ft hex tank .
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PostSubject: Re: Best Shrimp ?   Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:56 pm

Hi, with adequate filtration, heater etc a few guppies and shrimp sounds ideal for a tank that size to me.
From experience i havn't found any shrimp brilliant at 'cleaning', your best bet is a snail for keeping the glass clean...cherry shrimp do graze a little on some algae...but from my experiences, not a patch on a snail.
But on the other hand shrimp are a lot more active!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Shrimp ?   Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:12 am

I have to agree that for natural glass cleaning, snails are the way to go, but from my experience I would say 'amano' shrimp are superb janitors!



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PostSubject: Re: Best Shrimp ?   Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:18 am

Shrimp do have the advantage of speed it has to be said!
Why not go for both? A few "Amano" shrimp, with a couple of snails would keep the tank clean (this is no substitute for regular water changes though).
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PostSubject: Re: Best Shrimp ?   Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:16 am

midnight wrote:
Out of the shrimps available to buy what would you say is the best cleaner shrimp?

The Red Cherry & the Green shrimp that you mentioned are both good choices. They are both very hardy and make excellent "first shrimp". The Green shrimp, Caridina cf. babaulti, doesn't reproduce nearly as fast as the Red Cherry, so it won't overpopulate your tank as quickly..

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