Cleaner shrimp

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    Hi guys just a quick question I bought a cleaner shrimp for my tank and when I put him in all my other fish are surrounding him my chromis, and butterfly fish is that a problem ?
     
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    Ok thanx learning hahaha:blush:
     
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    If it is a lysmata-
    Some one will possibly kill it upon a shed.
    That's when they are susceptible more so for attacks and clown fish at that stage have been known to stuff it into a anemone.
    peps, hermits and wrasse are usually the worst for knocking them off when they shed and puffers, forget it, at this time they are soft and tasty.
    I hope it does well for you, mine are in with nothing but harmless life forms.
     
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    Does anyone know the average live span off cleaner shrimps in captivity? @dallasg @carlosdeandrade

    lost 2 off my cleaner shrimps had them for way over 2 years...
     
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    I thought their lifespan is about 2 years. But there are guys saying that they got theirs for much longer.
     
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    This guy for one.

    My one in the top tank in with harmless life, will be three years old this coming April, the five in the bottom tank were all killed over the last year or so, by each other and other tank dwellers.
    From past experience if they can fertilize each other with on going regularity as it is with hermaphrodites then they live a shorter length of time, if they have no one to do this with, I had one live for nearly five years, till I killed it and near all the others when lubricating the hoods hinges.

    They live to a size of roughly 110 mill on average as a big one and mine is growing at a rate from 35 mill when I collected this one to now of 75 mill.
    I assume from past experience it is around half way through its tank life.
    Marine life lives a great deal longer in captivity and with no possibility of a partner, if we don’t kill them!

    The only way to know intricacies of reef keeping for sure is over many years to do it yourself, then you know for sure!
     
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    had 5 live together in the DT for 4 years. then over the last 3 months 4 have died and one is still potting along. they were huge. always wondered what age they live for. wrote the 4 off as old age.
     
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    As far as I could see on othrer forums is that the average live of a cleaner shrimp is between 2 and 3 years. The time was also linked to the tipe of food that was left for themt eat.
     
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    That's important, I give mine near starvation amounts and ultra varied and small sized particles to enable longevity and excellent dietary health, it does make them turn on each other though sometimes amongst a shed.
     
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    how often do they shed?
     
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    Every few months. Seem to shed more often when smaller though.
     
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    But it's a good sign?
     
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    Means it's growing
     
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