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Old 05-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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Should I get shrimp and/or snails for my 10 gallon community?

I have a 10 gallon tank with 2 plants and 5 guppies, a sunburst mickey mouse platy, and a peppered Cory catfish. I also have one black mystery snail. I have had a problem with unearth food and stuff on the bottom ever since my dwarf gourami died . I think if I get some nerite snails and/or ( recommend which option) ghost shrimp for my tank. I am curious whether the shrimp would harass the guppies... Petsmart's website says that when adult thy can harass other fish.
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Just some thought before you overload the tank or add troubles:

Shrimp- it depends on what kind. Some won't bother fish at all, or only the babies/sick

Snail- some do a fair job of clean-up.

Cories can do a pretty fair job of helping clean-up, but they really do best in a shoal of several of them, which you don't really have the room for.

Also- am I reading clearly that you have a problem w/uneaten food on the bottom? If so feed less food. The general rule of thumb is only give as much as the fish will consume in a couple of minutes. Under-fed fish are a lot less common than over-fed.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:24 AM   #3
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There not all aggressive, but they can be around breeding time. Try an Amano shrimp. I have heard Great reviews about them.
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The only problem is that my lfs doesn't have Amano shrimp. It only has ghost. And yes, I know that the Cory is supposed to be kept in a shoal. My brother decided to get that fish. Not me. When the Cory eats it swims fast over the food, sucks it into his mouth, and then the food comes out of its gills.
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Don't have more shrimp than fish. Otherwise they get brave and try to work together on killing fish. Lol
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:14 AM   #7
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You could try doing 1 or 2 ghost shrimp then.. I'ts really a case by case thing.
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Good luck man. By the way you can order Amano shrimp online for 4.99. Heres the link. Freshwater Aquarium Shrimp for Tropical Aquariums: Japonica Amano Shrimp
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Depending on the size of your snail. Ghost shrimp will harrass\eat it. Watch out!
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