First casualty

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  1. VicZA

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    Woke up this morning and saw one of my peppermint shrimps not moving much and starting to loose color. Within the hour I found him on the bottom of the tank ... first casualty in my 4-week old tank. Had him for 2 weeks. The other 2 that came in the same shipment look fine and are acting well as are all the other fish that I got at the same time (2 fire shrimp, 2 banana wrasse).

    I know the circle of life happens and this will obviously not be the last but it does make me wonder about a few things:

    1 - How long do peppermint shrimp (and other's) live for ?
    2 - Is there any way of knowing how old an invert is when you purchase it ?
    3 - If i get another one, will the other shrimp accept it - they seem to thrive in small groups.
     
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    cleaner shrimps live 2 to 3 years. Then they die of old age.
    Depending on some factors, but around 2 years is it.
    Buy the smallest ones you can get, that will not be eaten by your fish.
    Others will accept it.
     
  4. VicZA

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    Hi Riaan, thanks for the info ... are peppermint shrimp also considered "cleaner shrimp"
     
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    Not really.
     
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    Not sure on timespan of peppermint shrimps

    but as they are about the same size, temperature and habitat, I would tend to think that their lifespans would be almost the same.
     
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    I will try and get a short video of my peppermint shrimp cleaning my fish at it's own cleaning station. Do yes I do believe that they are cleaners as well.
     
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    Cool would love to see it! The ones I had in the past didnt clean fish. Maybe a different variant or mine were duds!
     
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