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Old 07-09-2004, 02:31 PM   #11
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one of the first additions to my new tank was 2 peppermint shrimp. Never had a problem with aptasia

Looking at the link that scuba posted it made it seem that peppermint shrimps aren't too reef-friendly...are they?
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Old 07-09-2004, 04:24 PM   #12
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one of the first additions to my new tank was 2 peppermint shrimp. Never had a problem with aptasia

Looking at the link that scuba posted it made it seem that peppermint shrimps aren't too reef-friendly...are they?
The author said," There have also been reports of L. wurdemanni eating the polyps on small polyp sceleractinians. So I would think twice about adding this one. "

That's not exactly conclusive. The author does not even make the assertion themself, just that there have been "reports."
Personally, I have heard far more positive reports than negative on the use of peppermints.
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As long as you get true peppermint shrimp, and not the dancing shrimp that look very similar, you shouldn't have any problems with them eating polyps.
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Old 07-09-2004, 08:30 PM   #14
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I have two peppermints in my reef and have never had a problem with them eating corals. Be careful you get peppermints though, camel shrimp look pretty similar and tend to nip at corals.
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I have a couple of peppermints and they do not touch the polyps or shrooms but aptasia beware 8O
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"Aiptasia Eating Shrimp: Peppermint Shrimp are by far the top choice of aquarists for eating aiptasia anemones, but the trick with this one is making sure you get the RIGHT species of shrimp. Even though the Camelback Shrimp (Rhynchocienetes uritai) and the Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) are very similar in appearance, they are NOT the same. It is important that you learn how to properly identify these two species, because the Camelback is often misidentified or misrepresented and sold as a Peppermint. The TRUE Peppermint Shrimp is the L. wurdemanni species. This one is the real aiptasia eater, which is also considered by most aquarists to be reef safe, whereas the R. uritai is less likely to eat aiptasia.or be trusted in a reef tank"

reference: http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/ane...aa100798_2.htm
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