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Old 06-14-2004, 08:51 PM   #1
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Shrimp compatibility

I put a peppermint shrimp in my tank last March, and it got along with the six hermit crabs just fine. In May I put in a skunk cleaner shrimp. Last week I found the peppermint shrimp on the bottom of the tank, dead. I don't know who did it, but the cleaner shrimp had a very guilty look on his face.

I really like the cleaner shrimps, they are much more colorful than the peppermint shrimps. Much more expensive though. Anyway, do cleaner shrimp live communally like peppermint shrimp? If so, I will add a couple more to the tank. Or if I add more shrimp, will history repeat itself?
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I tend to doubt it was the cleaners. I have 2 and have seen 0 aggression from them. I also have 2 red fire shrimp and they all seem to get along OK. I believe you could have a group of them with no problem. There could always be an oddball aggressive on, but I havn't seen one.
It is possible you have a mantis or pistol shrimp or maybe a crab of some sort.
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I also highly doubt it was the cleaner. Could have just been the peps "time". I have 3 cleaner shrimp in a 29 gal reef and they are fine and actually amusing to watch interact, other than the occasional squabble over some food or a close call w/ my bubble tip anemone.
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Are you sure the shrimp was dead? I mean many people have been fooled by seeing a shrimp's molted exoskeliton and thinking it was their dead shrimp. Did the shrimp have insides or just an empty shell?
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Hmm. Very curious. I am pretty sure it wasn't a molt. The shrimp molted twice when I had it in the QT. Then the molt looked like a snakeskin, clear and an opaque white. This time it looked like a dead shrimp you buy at the supermarket. And I haven't seen him in weeks.

I am also pretty sure there are no pistol shrimp in the tank. Never heard any clicking coming from the tank, but I suppose it's possible. The hermits are very tiny, the shells are less than 3/8" in diameter. That's too small to harm a shrimp, isn't it?
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If you know what a molt looks like then your probably right that the shrimp was dead.

I have not seen skunk cleaners to be agressive at all.
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