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Old 02-23-2007, 05:15 AM   #1
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cleaner shrimp -v- hermit crab

i've got a couple of large mutha hermit crabs who do a wonderful job of cleaning the bottom of the tank however i'm thinking of getting a cleaner shrimp to take care of the fishies. what's the verdict - will the crabs do him in? they're pretty tough guys...
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I doubt they would go after a cleaner shrimp, unless they were really big and really hungry.
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Besides, I don't think they could catch a shrimp anyway.
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Besides, I don't think they could catch a shrimp anyway.

Yeah, Cleaner shrimp are Fast! The only crab i've ever seen fast enough to probably catch a Cleaner shrimp is maybe a Sally Lightfoot, but the cleaner shrimp can swim, and the Sally Lightfoot can't.

...and even if a crab got ahold of the shrimp's leg or something, the shrimp would just drop the leg and be gone.

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I agree that the hermits would not be able to catch the shrimp. Not enough speed and quickness.
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thanks for the advice - it's greatly appreciated!
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