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Old 09-26-2006, 08:29 AM   #1
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Peppermint Shrimp ARE NOT reef safe.......

I wasnt sure if it was dissapering on its own, but last night I caught my peppermint shrimp chowing down on an entire head of pulsating xenia! I went from 8 stalks to none!...he ate the last big one!

After your aiptasia are gone, be careful what he moves onto next! Now that I have no xenia, I am watching my zoas like a hawk....if he touches those before I can remove him, he is done for!

I keep him well fed, feeding him brine shrimp and other food out of a straw so he doesnt have to compete with the much faster dotty back...but I guess that wasnt enough to calm his appetite!

He is gone....I have no more aptasia and after this he has wore out his welcome....into the 37 he goes!

Any idea on how to catch a peppermint shirmp in a heavily built reef?

Oh well, I like skarlet skunks better anyway, and maybe they wont eat xenia!
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Maybe you can lure him with the straw/food in one hand and a net in the other?
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I know the old tilted glass with food in it works for crabs,maybe it will work for a shrimp.
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But shrimp can swim better, so they may be able to get out of that I'm thinking.
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You`re probably right I`ve never had to catch a shrimp before. just a suggestion.
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The old coke bottle trick always works.
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I have never had any problems with my Peps. I have always had them in all my tanks. Are you sure its a pep and not a Camel shrimp. Camel shrimp look a lot like peps and are known coral muchers. Like I stated before I never had any problems with Pep along with all my buddies that have them.
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Are you sure its a pep and not a Camel shrimp.
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No, it is a peppermint...I am 100% sure, it is a rather large one at that!

It ate about 50 aiptasia in 3 days when I first got it.
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Try the coke bottle trick, or if the tank is small you can use a 20 oz plastic soda bottle too. It works every time for shrimp, and on small fish as well.

I have not kept peppermint or camel shrimp in years because I don't like it when they hide all the time. I have had skunk, fire and coral banded and have never seen any problems with them eating corals, ever. The coral banded will catch and eat small fish however. I would go with a skunk if you want a shrimp that will never eat your coral and will stay out where you can see him.
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