Shrimp

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  1. Xereo

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    Whats the Best Shrimp to get for my new tank?



    My poor empty tank

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  3. Slummies

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    go get some glass shrimp from your rockpools
     
  4. Xereo

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    Glass Shrimp? Is that a Joke?

    Why not Cleaner Shrimps or something
     
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    What kind of fish have you got planned?
    Shrimps dont last long with certain types of fish.
    I have two scarlet shrimps that i quite enjoy :)
     
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    Well there is nothing in the tank.

    Might only have a clown fish or two in time.
    Will be more of a reef system
     
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    Looking good there, but in this lifestyle of ours patience is the best. Remember, only bad things happen fast in reef keeping...;)
     
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    I might add, that I had the exact same intentions of only having a fish or two in my reef, but as a fellow experienced reefer said then... and I quote "Everybody says that in the beginning, then they fill their tank with fish" Well 3 months on and I got 11 fish in my tank....hehe... so my advice is to make provision now to have more than 1 or 2 fish, then you wont need to try and get rid of species that are incompatible with each other later....;)
     
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    Good starter shrimp are Cleaners and Fire Shrimp. The Fire Shrimp are a little more reclusive than the Cleaners. So, you'll see the cleaners out and about more often.

    Just don't forget to feed them. A friend of mine was advised by his LFS that he didn't need to feed his Fire Shrimp. The Fire Shrimp was the only inhabitant of the tank. If you have fish, then the shrimp eat the left overs.

    All that being said, just give it time. Let your tank cycle properly. Shrimp are very sensitive to bad water conditions and if you add them before your cycle is complete, they may die. Patience is the middle name of this game.
     
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    two months and waiting... been very patient ..
     
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    why would that be a joke? They do an excellent job at removing detritus. And are plentiful in local rockpools.
     
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    And free :)
     
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    lol ok. ive never seen them in the rock pools by me.. and i mean never
     
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    They are transparent, so really not easy to see unless you are netting for them and specifically looking.
     
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    I just want to addmy 2c tho. After having a few of my tiniest frags dissappear - I am pretty sure it was my glass shrimp. Since he perished I have had no "unexpected removals". I will only get hermits and shrimp when I have a larger tank, with enough bioload to keep them well fed. Really awesome little animals tho.

    We have to be pretty carefull with how we manage our nanos.
     
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    Well do you think they would be in muizenberg rock pools?
     
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    Most definitely. They are ubiquitous along our coastline. Just sweep a net around and see whats in it.
     
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    Wow i didnt know that. but i doubt i will catch , have no idea what to look out for . and what would be the best spots
     
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    This pic is from my tank thread.

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    Those pincers look similar to a camel shrimp's who loves eating softies
     
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    Awww...

    Something tells me im going to have a hard time catching one of these.
    but i will give it a try.. so i must just scoop the water with a net.
    And hope for something to be in my net?
     
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