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Old 08-10-2004, 09:56 PM   #1
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cleaner shrimp

when my tank is ready for fish i would like to add a cleaner shrimp.

what kind of food should i feed it,how much and how often?

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The cleaner will get plenty from being a scavanger. They will eat any food the fish leave behind.
That being said, I target feed mine a sinking pellet once a week. They have a blast picking at it.
But really, no need to target feed them.
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Old 08-11-2004, 12:12 AM   #3
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:38 AM   #4
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i hand feed a piece of formula one flake food about every couple of days and he eats all the left overs he can get like said before...once u start hand feeding them they will jump on your hand every time u stick it in the tank....i think they have great personalities i love mine
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Mine are spoiled. I have 2 cleaners and a CBS. I feed them every other day a small peice of krill from my hand. As soon as my hand goes in the tank, they all come running!! And they are great to have for sure. It will take a bit for them to get accustomed to the hand going in the tank, but once they figure out they are going to get fed, its all over!!
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My cleaner shrimp are both "pregnant" and the eggs have started to get shiny. Does that mean they'll hatch soon? Has anyone had any luck keeping the babies alive? Should I put my shrimp into the refugium?
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Snails and shrimp are hardier than most fish. You would be alright adding some once you have begun cycling. If you are adding lr, you may want to start with some peppermint shrimp to eliminate any aiptasia that may be present on the rock.
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Inverts are very sensitive to changes in the water chemistry. I wouldn't add any creatures to the tank before the cycle. That being said, I have two cleaner shrimp and two peppermint shrimp. They scavenge the rocks and eat the fish food my tang misses. They also seem to like seaweed.
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Inverts are very sensitive to changes in the water chemistry. I wouldn't add any creatures to the tank before the cycle.
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that point. How do you feel about cycling with lr? I ask because it's not all that uncommon to find hitchhiking inverts.
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