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Old 06-23-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Will Pepermint Shrimp eat copepods?

I put 3 Peppermint Shrimps in my Mandarin tank to take care of a Aiptasia problem. Now I suspect they are depleting the copepod population. Has anyone else experienced this?
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I put 3 Peppermint Shrimps in my Mandarin tank to take care of a Aiptasia problem. Now I suspect they are depleting the copepod population. Has anyone else experienced this?
What makes you think this? Have you seen this happening? I have three and have never seen this but I dont doubt it can happen.
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how long has the tank been up i've read that mandarins and bleenies can take out a pod population in a few months if you don't have sufficent spare growth in your sump to transfer in
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My cleaner shrimp hunts them at night. I would make sure the peppermints are getting enough food, but like flip said, the mandarin can wipe pods out quickly.
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The tank has been up for 1.5 years and the Mandarins have been in for about 8 months. 1/4 of the tank is set aside for Chaetomorpha Algae. Before adding the peppermints I could see Pods in the Algea, now they have disappeared. As the shrimps have taken up residents in the Algea I assume they are eating them. I guess I'll put them in my 55 after moving my Ornate Wrass to the 180. While I could pull the Pajama Cardinalfish to the 30 and all the Damsels in the 180 to LFS. I figure this will only take a couple hours per fish. Whats this multi tank syndrome I keep hearing about?
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