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Old 09-15-2005, 03:09 AM   #1
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Shrimp that get along?

I really love the look of the coral banded shrimp, but i heard that the cleaner shrimp is a little better becuase of its cleaning capabilities. Also i read that coral banded shrimp will also clean. Should i pick one or the other? or both? im setting up a 37 gal reef tank. Thank you!
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:18 AM   #2
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CBS will often kill other cleaners. Really, I find all shrimp ornamental, they really have no impact on cleaning parasites, etc. as they do in the wild. They will all scavenge to some degree cleaning up extra food. I would choose one or the other...but you can mix cleaner shrimp with say...peppermint shrimp.
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:41 AM   #3
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I am definatly getting a pistol shrimp/goby pair, so im guessing cleaner shrimp would be the way to go over the CBS?
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I have two peppermints and a cleaner in the 92 and they have gottten along fine.
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:30 PM   #5
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i have 3 peppermints, 2 cleaners, 1 CBS and the hitch hikers (1 brown gulf shrimp with various pistols and maybe a mantis or two
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I have 2 peppermint shrimp, they are really nice and they got rid of my aiptasia.
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Old 09-17-2005, 03:07 AM   #7
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My CBS, cleaner and peppermint all get along fine in a 75g. BTW, the cleaner definately does work on my tangs and angel. I have never seen the CBS attempt tp clean a fish. A 37g might be a bit small as the CBS can be a bit aggressive. I would not trust it with real small fish.
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I have two peppemints, two cleaners, one CBS, one blood shrimp and one pistol shrimp in my 72gal reef. I have not had any trouble with any of them.
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I made the mistake of adding two cbs to my 125 that had 4 pepps already. Over time the cbs became a mated pair and my pepps starting disappearing. The cbs were removed to a 12 gal tank and now I have 5 pepps and two scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp. When the cleaners were first introduced they did try to clean. After a few days I noticed my FoxFace Lo stopping by for an occasional cleaning. I noticed the tang getting a cleaning once. This is either happening when I'm not around now or not happening at all any more.
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I was going to say before Lando said Dont forget the Blood shrimp
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