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Old 07-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Ok so i have had a cleaner shrimp for a year and a half and now id say its about at his full size. If i was to go buy a Longnose hawkfish , would it kill my cleaner even tho my cleaner has been in the tank first and made itself at home.

I dont want to part with this shrimp, we been through tough times ..

I really want to add one of these hawks though, but would rather not provide it with a 25$ meal. I have read multiple posts on this issue, many say as long as the shrimp is in first and bigger then there shouldnt be a problem. But others say their hawks waited til the shrimp molted to attack. What do you all think??

Oh yeah its a 55 gallon.
2 perc clowns
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1 small six line
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Plan to add a hawkfish, & midas blenny and be done!

Edit: and i read more on Flames attacking the cleaners more than the longnose. So thats why im thinking about adding the longnose.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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One more thing, my cleaner is in my quaratine tank. I moved it there because I went to the fish store to check out and possibly buy the hawkfish but its way to overpriced $60 so i will have to try the mom and dad fish place when i decide. But another question is.. Will my sixline attack the cleaner shrimp? Its real small too... I like buying my fish small to watch them grow.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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Yaaa i think the hawk would attack the cleaner :/
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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I have 3 cleaner shrimp and a fire shrimp with my long nose hawk. I have had no problems with them but I did try to put some smaller peppermint shrimp in and they didn't last long.
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If it's a skunk cleaner shrimp, I tend to think it might be ok, but probably wouldn't chance it.
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See .. Im still getting mixed posts!! I dont know what to do lol.

Also, will my sixline attack the cleaner??
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:19 PM   #7
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See .. Im still getting mixed posts!! I dont know what to do lol.

Also, will my sixline attack the cleaner??
It really depends on the fish, I have kept a six line, a small flame hawk and a skunk cleaner in the same 20gallon tank with no issues, but you never can be 100% certain until you try.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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I would just not add the hawk fish. Your shrimp will be eaten like shrimp scampi.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:49 PM   #9
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Some things you just don't know. All fish are different. My hawk has never bothered my cleaners but you never know...
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I think i will chance it. My cleaner is huge and shouls be established about time i find a better priced longnose hawk. Hopefully they will get along.
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