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Shrimp Or No Shrimp!?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:45 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Alright, I know everyone... I am asking A LOT of questions. Like I said, I wanna do this right! Anyway, I have read plenty of articals, and heard plenty of stories of how I should add some shrimp to my planted tank. From what I am to understand, It will maintain the algae level. Is that accurate? I also heard that I should wait a lil bit before adding shrimp? Is all this accurate. Again, this is coming from the same source of information I told you guys before. What should I do?

Re: Shrimp Or No Shrimp!?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:53 pm
by kb46
I like my tanks with a few of both shrimp and snails. I've found that the plants and driftwood stay looking clean and algae free with both of those working away at it. :thumb: I have experimented with tanks with only one but always ended up adding the other eventually because I've found they do a better job together than alone.

Neither will do a good job on the algae that grows on your glass but the trusty magnet float takes care of that! Fortunately I've never had a problem with overpopulation by snails, contrary to most, I have had big problems with overpopulation of shrimp!

Shrimp make a fascinating addition to a tank - I would thoroughly recommend them (even if I can't offer any advice as to how to get rid of them once there is too many!).

There is a fair bit of information about shrimp on the web. I found they are nowhere near as delicate as some would make out but I wouldn't recommend adding them to a tank until it had been established with zero ammonia/nitrites & stable nitrates for at least 3 or 4 months.

HTH
Kylie

Re: Shrimp Or No Shrimp!?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:33 am
by freshfish
I think you're likely to have issues keeping shrimp if you go with the fish species you're considering in your other thread. Rainbow sharks, Synod cats, danios, barbs all will eat shrimp. I'm not sure even large Amano shrimp would be safe. Nerite snails and/or true Siamese Algae Eaters may be better choices for you.

Re: Shrimp Or No Shrimp!?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:24 am
by Freshwater Tropic
freshfish wrote:I think you're likely to have issues keeping shrimp if you go with the fish species you're considering in your other thread. Rainbow sharks, Synod cats, danios, barbs all will eat shrimp. I'm not sure even large Amano shrimp would be safe. Nerite snails and/or true Siamese Algae Eaters may be better choices for you.



I just hear so much about all the snails about how they multiply quite quick!

Re: Shrimp Or No Shrimp!?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:38 pm
by freshfish
Nerite snails are unable to successfully reproduce in freshwater (they're truly SW/brackish species but can be successfully acclimated to live in freshwater) and are great algae eaters. Since they can't reproduce, their numbers will never exceed however many you want to add to the tank. The main drawback with Nerites is that they still will lay eggs in the tank, and some people find it a nusiance to keep their tank glass clean. So it's a matter of balancing out the pros versus cons.