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Shrimps???

PostAuthor: ReptileRescueDen » Thu Sep 01, 2011 20:09

What shrimp is the smallest that would be suitable for a communial aquarium? My aquarium holds 180 gals, if that helps.
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: Dave » Thu Sep 01, 2011 20:18

There's a chap called Colin on here, he runs Natural World, it's a pet shop near me, they also sponsor this site.
Well he has shrimps in the shop so he'll be able to put you in the picture.
Sorry I can't help, the only things of that nature I kept were fresh water lobster. :D
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: ReptileRescueDen » Thu Sep 01, 2011 20:49

Thanks Dave. :)
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: colin NW » Thu Sep 01, 2011 21:03

Brine shrimp would be the best also known as artemia or even sea monkeys, you can buy it frozen in blocks or you can hatch it yourself, it is quite easy and the fish love to chase it. It brings out good colours in fish. I have been chatting to the german cichlid breeders and they feed a lot of it, to keep colours in firefish etc

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PostAuthor: kathateria » Thu Sep 01, 2011 21:03

Cherry shrimp,bamboo shrimp are 2 I can think of.Bamboo are bigger,so if you have bigger fish they might be better suited :D Or cherrys will be lunch :lol:
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: Dave » Thu Sep 01, 2011 21:06

Col, I think Nise may be looking at the bigger ones to keep are aquarium cleaners not food.

But the thing about the brine shrimp is interesting.
Might get myself set up with a coke bottle and air stone hatchery. :D
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PostAuthor: colin NW » Thu Sep 01, 2011 21:07

hehehe I thought we were talking food lol

I love bamboo shrimps, amano shrimps for algae eating

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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: Dave » Thu Sep 01, 2011 22:20

colin wrote:hehehe I thought we were talking food lol

I love bamboo shrimps, amano shrimps for algae eating



How do they get on in a community set up?
Do they try and escape like lobsters? :roll: :shock:
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: bozatron » Fri Sep 02, 2011 09:24

I have had a lone Ghost Shrimp (sometimes called a Glass shrimp) in my small community aquarium for over a year now and he (or she, god only knows how you sex them?) has been doing fine. The other tank inhabitants are, a single Beta (male Siamese Fighter), 8 Rasbora Espei, 4 Corydoras Aeneus (Broze Cory) and 2 Corydoras Julli. He has shed his skin too many times to count now and in the first 3 months was growing week on week but he is now full sized at about 1.5-2.0". He does a great job of cleaning up and takes little to no interest in the other inhabitants of the tank. As for the other fish he is so quick they couldn't catch him even if they wanted too :)

He is very entertaining to watch, the way he gathers food in all his pincers then trots of to eat and the way he swims is bonkers too. I would recommend one as a great addition to any community tank.

He is really hard to photograph, but here are a couple of shots. In real life he is so much more transparent than these shots show, and the brightly colored bits in the first shot are food he is collecting up with his four tiny pincers :)

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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: FunkyFish » Fri Sep 02, 2011 09:30

i would put him in with the mbuna :lol:

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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: ReptileRescueDen » Fri Sep 02, 2011 20:21

Thanks everyone. :)
Dave is right I am looking for aquarium cleaners. I just need to find some now. :)
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: Dave » Fri Sep 02, 2011 22:31

ReptileRescueDen wrote:Thanks everyone. :)
Dave is right I am looking for aquarium cleaners. I just need to find some now. :)



If Colin has some left in the shop I'm pretty sure he could post some out to you. :D
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Re: Shrimps???

PostAuthor: Mickey P. » Wed Mar 07, 2012 02:05

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Yamato Shrimp, little ninjas that I don't see for weeks. :lol:
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