My peppermint shrimps are blind

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by mytank, 31 Aug 2011.

  1. mytank

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    I know I know many different views about how they eat if they eat etc so this is just an observation ...

    Having a look late last night after the lights went out I noticed the following:

    1. The peppermint shrimps doing their rounds and then shock horror :eek::eek::eek: the peppermin's sitting on some apistaitas, not eating them or anything just parking on them...

    2. The one thought he was clever and started going towards the bubble. How he got out of the bubble's grasp is beyond me as the bubble started to close..... dumb a$$!!!

    I did some research around peppermint and bubbles and found that they are known to nip at the bubbles... well luckily for this bubble he gave him a PK ;) :yeahdude::yeahdude:
     
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    they dont all eat aips. the will pick, but lets hope they get a taste for it

    as for the bubble, thats nature :)
     
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    9 out of 10 peppermints dont even look at aiptasias by the way
     
  5. Xereo

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    Thats why you buy a group of 10 of them :p hehehe
     
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    And then you can say bye bye to some coral also :p
     
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    I cant get rid of the aiptasia in my tank.. just never goes away.. kill it then two days later i find more somewhere else... irratating things
     
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    tell me I read this wrong, are these buggers coral munchers?
     
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    That's because they are not true peppermint shrimps. The Catalina cleaner shrimp (Lysmata Californica) is often sold as a "peppermint" shrimp and will NOT eat aiptasia.
    However the true peppermint is the Lysmata Wurdemanni and is half the size of the Catalina when adults. They will eat aiptasia and "might" nip at clams and other corals - so keep an eye on them.
     
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    Aiptasia is ..... coral, well anemones anyway. So yes they can and do eat coral. The ones listed by Tobes are Camel shrimps and secondly peppermint shrimps. I have had experiences with both.

    Neither went for aiptasia. The camel munched some of my shrooms and the peppermints devoured my bali polyps which look similar in shape too aiptasia
     
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    My 10 Peppermints do eat aiptasia. In fact, I do not have any more aiptasia to feed them. Well not on rock that I can get out of main display.

    And they have some button polyps in their tank. And Pin cushion frags. And so far, they leave that totally alone.
     
  12. Jeann1

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    @RiaanP , you can always send them to me, I have loads of food for them, promise I'll return them once done :p
     
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    @RiaanP - you can charge a rand a day to keep aiptasia away :lol:
     
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    Not going to make me rich --- :(
     
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    This is just a random thought i bought myself an eibli angel and with in a month he aye over 20 aptasia and got nothing left so domt know if im just lucky or do they all eat ot
     
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    I bought a pair of these from a fellow reefer and havent seen the peps for a month, but the aips are dwindling down slowly. The big ones are staying big, but the little ones are gone. My advice would be patience.
     
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    Had eight peppers before, always got eaten by one of my other cleaner/fire shrimps, eventually decided on a Copperband (one that eats frozen food) and WALA, all aiptesia are gone!
     
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    That is partly the reason why mine got their own tank.
     
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