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Old 09-17-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Cleaner Shrimp

I bought a cleaner shrimp 2 days ago and he seams to be hanging around in the same spot just hiding. I know they molt and hide quit often I was just wondering if it takes a wile before he starts cleaning fish or is there something wrong with him?
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I've never seen mine clean a fish. Ever. He'll pick at stuff around the tank, but never touch the fish.

He was a little skittish at first but he now will come up and try to clean hands if they're in the tank. I think mine spent 3 days behind one rock, I don't know if he found something particularly delicious or what, but he's out and about now.
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I heard that the aquarium raise cleaner shrimp usually won't clean fishes, not sure tho.
do u have fish that might be aggresive to shrimp, if yes the shrimp will mostly hide.

if not, they might just adjusting to your tank.
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I have 1-Mandarin Dragonet - Spotted, 1-Blue Hippo Tang,1-False Percula Clownfish,1-Red Serpent Starfish.
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I would rethink that hippo tang in a 55....
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
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Yes I was wondering about that.....
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I agree, my cleaners never cleaned the fish either. I got them when I first started and think I was overfeeding but haven't had any since then.
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I've had my cleaners for a month and they always hide i never see them
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:55 PM   #9
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I just caught mine brush up against my tang and then retreated behind the rocks.
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:04 AM   #10
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I had my cleaner shrimps for quite some time and never saw them clean a fish. I had 2 tank raised occelaris in there for a while and they didn't go near him. All of that changed when I added my yellow tang, they clean him every so often, mostly the tang will hover in for a cleaning and the shrimp leaps on him until the tang is sick of being picked at. They also clean my lawnmower blennie also. I have never observed them clean the clowns, goby, or flame angel.
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