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Old 02-03-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Cleaner Shrimp Question

Would i be ok to get a cleaner shrimp, with a yellow tang, sailfin, coral beauty, marron clown, copperband. I also have some emerald crabs. Let me know if anybody else has any of this with cleaner shrimp, like a pepermint or something.

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Old 02-03-2006, 09:59 AM   #2
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i have a yellow tang, cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp, peppermint shrimp. They all live happily together.
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Old 02-03-2006, 10:32 AM   #3
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I don't see any problems with adding a cleaner. I have two cleaners and 5 peppermints in my tank.
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ive been thinking about adding a cleaner shrimp or 2, what do they eat? would they eat brine or mysis shrimp?
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so no problem with the emeralds?
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I actually had 2 peppermints killed by my pistol shrimp, and I thought to myself - Pistols are supposed to be harmless. Well I did more research and found that due to their poor eyesight, they always feel threatened. I actually observed one of the peppermints walk by his burrow and get "shot". The pistol is able to shoot a shockwave of microbubbles from his larg claw that reaches temperatures greater than or equal to the sun. It stunned the peppermint and dragged him into his cave.... Eventually I took the pistol shrimp out and now have 3 more peppermints. I love these little guys!
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Old 02-03-2006, 04:46 PM   #7
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Get a Scarlet Cleaner shrimp. They are great! Have no problem with emeralds...they are extremely boisterous shrimp, not shy like many others so they run when scared, but once they get comfortable, they are out and about. They scavange, so you don't have to worry too much if you have live rock...I always supplemented with krill - i also had an anemone and fed my emeralds krill...
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thanks for the info, how many would you recommend for a 55g?
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I have 2 in my 72G and want to get more! I think they are a blast to have in the tank. The best part is when I have my hand in the tank to do any maintenance, the shrimp jump onto my hand and start cleaning me!!!

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I have 2 cleaner, 2 peppermint, 1 blood shrimp with a yellow tang, clarkii, maroon, six line wrasse, emerald crab and no problem. The cleaners do a great job in cleaning the tang.

I did have a cleaner killed by an arrow crab before. But the arrow is gone now.
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