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Old 05-30-2004, 12:54 PM   #1
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Will my Purple stripe Psuedo

eat my Shunker cleaner shrimp.

Bought a Purple stripe Puesdo yesterday and he seems to too interested in my skunk cleaner shrimp. Quick research this morning says they eat ornamental shrimp ( I know, I know -- thought I researched it first, but that's a different story) This morning, Pet store said they should be fine together, but they would take a return. Too tough to catch without taking out all my lr, so I'm thinking of seeing if the shrimp can fend him off.

Any thoughts, experiences, etc.
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Old 05-30-2004, 01:24 PM   #2
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Definately a possibility. It really depends on which is bigger. That will not save the shrimp in the long run though. The odds are in favor of the fish

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Old 05-30-2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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dang. any thoughts on how to catch him, short of removing all my LR
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Old 05-30-2004, 02:35 PM   #4
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i have a thought...i havent tried it yet but it might work. try to net him while hes eatin. AMBUSH!!
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I recently went through the same, except my p. pseudochromis did eat a cleaner before I removed him. They are fairly aggressive so a bottle trap should work easily, caught mine in about 30 mins.
http://www.reef-aquarium.net Look for "bottle fish trap" for directions.
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I have a plain purple pseudochromis and he has been in the tank about a year and has never once bothered my cleaner. Actually he lets the cleaner clean him.
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Old 05-31-2004, 05:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the bottle trap info. Looks like it may work. So far everyone is still a live. I was thinking that if just kept the psuedo well fed he won't care about the cleaners...

don't know if I should risk it or pull him
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It's a risk, out of the blue one day mine just bit the tail clean off the cleaner shrimp. It's predatory instinct, feeding will only discourage it not "fix" it.
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