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Old 01-06-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Could a herlequin shrimp and a coral banded shrimp get along.

I'v done a lot of research about the herlequin shrimp but couldn't find much on this.

I don't have a coral banded yet eithher . And we have decided against a mandarin so where looking for some cool bottom guys
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A harlequin shrimp will need a steady diet of starfish. If you don't mind sending starfish to their death and watching them slowly devoured alive, then a harlequin shrimp is fine for you.
Coral banded shrimp can be aggressive and they have been known to grab small fish on occasion. If you are ok with the starfish thing, then I would suggest skunk cleaner shrimp. Perhaps a pair or trio of them. They are quite social and completely reef safe.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:31 PM   #3
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I have read that I could keep a couple chocolate chip stars in my Q tank and cut off a arm a week and eventually the arms will grow back. I have also some will take frozen stars. I'd have to speak to the guy at the lfs he's awesome and see how the ones he has for sale eat frozen or live. I wouldn't mind it tho its pretty cool looking.

I'm going look up those other shrimp.

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The skunk is actually the one I was looking for but couldn't remember the name that's how I found the coral banded shrimp. Will definitely be getting at least 2 maybe 3.
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Chocolate chip starfish don't grow arms back that fast. It takes months for an arm to grow back.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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My clowns won't eat the harlequin right? Would hate for a 35$ shrimp to become a snack. My hubby says if we get it, it its weird our most expensive fish will be a shrimp. Lol

I tried to nicely explain to my son that the harlequin will only eat star fish and he seems ok with it. At first when I told him he said its ok I'll use my Xmas money get his stars . So I went on to tell him it isn't the money and that we will buy its food we just wanted to make sure he knows so he isn't weirded out when it starts its fest. We will prolly get him.

I'm going to keep reading all I can and come this weekend we'll have a family talk and other possible choices and go from there( but my son n hubby both seem to want the harlequin) but regardless next Tue we are getting 2 skunk shrimps Do the skunk shrimp need any special food/snack? Getting on my reading for them to
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Don't forget to drip acclimate them. Shrimp are sensitive to parameter changes. Where in Pa. are you? I have a CC star here, in one of my sumps, that I need to find a use for.
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My clowns won't eat the harlequin right? Would hate for a 35$ shrimp to become a snack. My hubby says if we get it, it its weird our most expensive fish will be a shrimp. Lol

I tried to nicely explain to my son that the harlequin will only eat star fish and he seems ok with it. At first when I told him he said its ok I'll use my Xmas money get his stars . So I went on to tell him it isn't the money and that we will buy its food we just wanted to make sure he knows so he isn't weirded out when it starts its fest. We will prolly get him.

I'm going to keep reading all I can and come this weekend we'll have a family talk and other possible choices and go from there( but my son n hubby both seem to want the harlequin) but regardless next Tue we are getting 2 skunk shrimps Do the skunk shrimp need any special food/snack? Getting on my reading for them to
Im sorry to tell you but 3 species of shrimp will likely not do well, the coral banded is usually aggressive towards other shrimp and as stated even small fish. If you do go with 3 species just keep a close eye on the coral banded. Hes likely to make a meal of anything he can catch. Or atleast thats my experience with many of them.
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I'm in between Allentown n stroud. In a small pea town of Bangor. I was typing when you wrote your other response this is why I love this group honesty. So now I know the arms won't grow back so soon. So I guess after I've cut off all its arms I'd just toss the remaining center in. I feel like a killer. Or could I keep two in my Q tank and in between them growing give a whole one. I think I like the arm idea better so it don't die before he finishes.

I use a plastic container put fish/shrimp in it with there water and slowly added lil by lil of my water with a turkey baster. Where do I get the drip thing from?
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Im sorry to tell you but 3 species of shrimp will likely not do well, the coral banded is usually aggressive towards other shrimp and as stated even small fish. If you do go with 3 species just keep a close eye on the coral banded. Hes likely to make a meal of anything he can catch. Or atleast thats my experience with many of them.
I'm not doing 3 species
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