My first cleaner shrimp was a Banded Coral, and he still resides in my 55SW. I've since set up a 40 SW
and We got a shrimp for that tank, a Fire Shrimp.
I have a relatively new Tang that arrived with some marine ich and the BC immediately went to work on him, but was pretty rough with the Tang and even left some scrapes on the Tang. They would battle a little bit too and bite/claw (respectively) each other occasionally.
When the 40 was ready we put the tang in with the fire shrimp in the 40. Within 5 minutes the Tang sidled up flat to the fire shrimp, and the fire shrimp jumped on top of Tang and went into Turbo mode. A lot more gentle and about 10 X faster than BC shrimp.
So I really like the BC shrimp but wow that fire shrimp seems to be a lot more proficient at cleaning delicately and quickly, and I would bet that the peppermints and skunks would be the same way when compared to BC shrimp which seem to have a more rough and tumble temperament.
I was just wondering if that is typical of Banded Coral shrimp vs. the sires/skunks/peppermints?. Oh plus the BC is pretty big, antennae tip to tip is about 10 inches.
Just wondering about your experiences.