Amount of cleaner shrimps?

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  1. lappiesreef

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    A quastion for my Nano.

    it is 24 G and has one cleaner shrimp.

    I am still gettin used to how much to feed and was wondering if I can add another shrimp now to absorb my over feeding if I am? and to be a friend to the other one :)
     
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    Keep at least 2 shrimps. They also spawn monthly and provide your tank with a good food source. Grab at least 10 hermits and 10 snails to keep as a clean up crew
     
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    They do pair up, so it seems kinder to have a pair (whether this is just a human reaction or not, i'm not sure) as for using it to absorb the extra food, not a good plan to be honest, better to feed less than you think you need to.
    Not sure if you would need 10 hermits and turbos, start off with 5 of each and see how they cope, better to add up than have them starve.
     
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    WOw that many crabs in a Nano?

    I think there is two hermits and about 5 snails in there.

    I'll stock up :p wallet says ouch :whistling:
     
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    Thanks Guys will do. I think I'll go for another two crabs and 1 shrimp.

    BTW i placed a mussel shell in the tank that had little tube worms on it I picked up on the beach at Umlanga. They have all been eaten...

    Who could be the culprit?
    There is a lion, mandarin, cardinal, clown, blue devil, humbug, 2 red ligged hermits, 5 snails and 1 shrimp.
     
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    My bet is it died then the Shrimp had a feast.
     
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    I suppose that is posisble, but I had the shell with about 5 of them in a seperate little tank for three weeks now with no porblems. I aclimatised them slowly and added the shell. Over night they were gone. Plus there little white tubes along the shell...
     
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    hi lappies - am i reading correct - do you have a lion, mandarin, cardinal, clown, blue devil, humbug all in a 24g nano?
     
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    and shrooms, tube anemone, sun coral and radianthus :whistling:

    I bought it like this...It's been running like that for 8 months or something...

    I tested nitrate/nitrate yesterday. Nitrite near zero and Nitrate in safe zone at .05 I think. These are dip stick's so good be a bit off. They are both marked as safe zone in colour range though.

    As soon as I have my 4FT up and running I'll move a few things :)

    In the mean time I want to add some carbon and maybe some chemical absorber...
     
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    Oh and a torch coral to boot.
     
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    My hermits had a feast on a mussel I placed in my tank, as well. The mussel did not have a chance - it lasted 30 minutes :)
     
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    Must be happy crabs ;) or very hungry ones...

    Suppose we learnt out lesson. Mussels are very hard to keep I believe?
     
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    that's some serious stock for the nano - fantastic that it is doing so well.
     
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    Let's hope I can keep it going that well :)
     
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    proper husbandry,will keep your system thriving ;)
     
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    Just a little up-date on the shrimps.
    I got him a little friend a week ago. As it turns out he, is now a she full of green egg sacks :) Although my nitrate are a bit high, it can't be that bad if they spawned within a week from getting a mate?
     
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    they carry the eggs for about 3 weeks, they even take turns in carrying the eggs.

    in my opinion u r overstocked and a disaster waiting to happen.
     
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    Fair enough Ed ;) Thats why I want to trade the Lion...
    Cool that they take turn. I didn't know that...
    I doub't it in this case though since the one with the eggs is about 4 times the size of the new one...The egg sakcs are bigger than the whole little shrimp...
     
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    lol, enjoy them, they r lovely creatures
     
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    Congrats LappiesReef! Enjoy your shrimps - when I had mine, they were the most awesome creatures to watch..... I spent hours just looking at their antics! ;-)
     
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