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Old 06-22-2005, 01:38 AM   #1
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Do all fish recognize cleaner shrimp?

I have a royal gramma in a tank with a cleaner shrimp. The shrimp waves his feelers at the shrimp and moves in towards the gramma, but the gramma quickly swims off the other way. I had a clown who didn't like to be cleaned by the shrimp, but it just ignored the shrimp instead of running away.

I thought all fish welcomed the services of a cleaner shrimp, if not just ignoring it. Is my gramma unnaturally shy?

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IME only larger fish (ie. tangs, angel fish, etc) will take advantage of the shrimp's services. I've never saw a clown or gramma allow a Lysmata shrimp to clean them.
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I've never seen one of my fish get cleaned, only my fingers.
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IME only larger fish (ie. tangs, angel fish, etc) will take advantage of the shrimp's services
Agree, same thing with my stock.
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Only my hippo tang and oddly enough my hawkfish go to the shrimp for cleaning. My hawkfish is an idiot.
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