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Old 09-11-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Coral Banded Shrimp, cleaning or nipping?

So we just bought 2 coral banded shrimp as part of our reef cleaner package from LiveAquaria, which was very quick and supurbly shipped may I add, and I was wondering if its normal for the shrimp to nip or to clean fish. They seem to go after our starry blenny, as they both like to hang out in the same hole.

So here's what happened last night:
The shrimp reached his claw out towards horshack (our blenny) and pinched his lip, and did it again and pinched his back. (It was pretty comical) Now I know if he was getting hurt he would swim away, but part of me wants to think he was trying to blend into the rocks so they'd leave him alone. He seems fine, swimming around as normal today, no marks at all so I know he's not hurt. Just wondering if in the wild the coral banded shrimp are natural cleaners of certian fish.

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Old 09-11-2011, 02:47 PM   #2
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I've read that in the wild they are cleaners, but seldom exhibit the behavior in captivity.
I have one in a 37 gallon with a Baggai cardinal, royal gramma, and a cinammon clown an anemone, clam, and a few corals. I had a sixline wrasse with him also, but he met his demise at the intake of my protein skimmer pump. He has squared off agains the clown if one got in the other's way, but I haven't seen any actual contact: just threatening posture. He did literally steal a piece of flake food from the tentacles of the long tentacle anemone today.

Others on this site will tell you horror stories of them eating corals and sometimes attacking fish, but I have not seen that with mine. I do advise that you keep and eye on them.

I like mine, but in some respects I wish I hadn't gotten him. He hides most of the time (except for night time and feeding), and I am afraid to add any other shrimp in with him for fear he'll make them into a very expensive meal.

I your case, it sound like the blenny wouldn't get out of the way, so the shrimp took care of business. Maybe the blenny didn't observe the shrimp as any kind of threat. Hopefully he'll learn.
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