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Old 02-13-2008, 09:49 PM   #1
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Coral Banded Shrimp

I saw a Coral banded Shrimp at the LFS today http://www.pieraquarium.org/resource...dedshrimp2.jpg
And I was wondering if it would be ok to buy for my 46g reef tank as an addition to my cleanup crew. I have Ocellaris clownfish and I recently got a 3 stripe Damsel. with some snails and a sally lightfoot crab. I am going to add a bullet goby fighting conch and more snails here pretty soon and am wondering if this is a good choice for a cleaner shrimp or if there is a better choice out there.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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I would suggest a Skunk Cleaner instead... Coral Banded have been known to be a bit on the aggressive side, though it does depend on the shrimp, some have them and they cause no harm, others have experiences were the shrimp eats the fish.
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My coral banded did not play with others, it was extremely aggressive.
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I had a pair of cbs that preyed on any other shrimp in the tank. Go for a cleaner.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:38 AM   #6
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whats a good non-aggressive shrimp? maybe a sexy shrimp. And do you think my sallylight foot crab might be terretorial with a shrimp. Also this Vivid Aquariums - Buy Online - Fish Store in Los Angeles - Buy Psychedelic Mandarinfish (Synchiropus picturatus) - Small: 1Ē- 1Ĺď mandarin seems really cool is it something I could eventually introduce into my tank. with clownfish a 3stripe damsel bullet goby and invertabrates.
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Just be careful and make sure you see the mandarin eat before you get it. Alot of them feed only on pods and will starve to death when they run out. If you see it eat other foods then you are good to go.
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IMO your tank is too small and too new for a Mandarin. Almost all of them feed only on live pods (copepods and amphipods). It takes a tank of about 75g or larger with lots of lr and lr rubble to grow a large enough pod population for a mandarin. Most of them starve to death over a period of months in smaller tanks.
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Shrimp: skunk cleaner - fun guy with lots of personality. Very passive, plays well with others.

Manadarin: what the others said. Do your research and I think you'll decide against it.
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FWIW you'll really love the skunk cleaner shrimp. Mine climbs all over my hand when I'm playing inside the tank. They're a scream to watch when they clean other fish too.
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