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Old 10-13-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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will ghost shrimp clean up fish waste??

In a related post, I saw someone say that shrimp are good at cleaning up fish waste, and I was wondering if it'd be bad idea to drop like 20-30 ghost shrimnp in my 30 gallon, and let them scrounge around? Thanks!
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No, I don't believe ghost shrimp eat fish poo. What nutritional value would that gain them? They are scavengers.

I have anywhere between 50 - 100 ghost, cherry, and wood shrimp and i have never seen them do it.
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They eat left over food, bits of algae, etc. Nothing eats poo.
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No, they do not eat fish waste. Some people believe that they do, but they don't.
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...agreed
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:42 PM   #6
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They eat left over food, bits of algae, etc. Nothing eats poo.
dung beetles eat poo 8)
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Nope, they just lay their eggs in it.
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Nope, they just lay their eggs in it.
pretty sure they eat dung (at least the partially digested plant matter in herbivore dung)

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anyways not really the point...ghost shrimp do not eat poo
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My gravel vac eats poo. Seriously though, you won't find any fish or aquarium inverts who eat poop. They just eat sunken fish food and algae and the bacteria that grows on the tank bottom.
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A point that should be made is that if there was a fish/invert who ate poo, they would in turn make their own poo so it would defeat the purpose.
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