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Old 02-20-2017, 08:32 PM   #1
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Evil cleaner shrimp?

I have an established cleaner shrimp in my tank, and decided to toss another one in yesterday. They were getting along just fine until about 10 minutes ago when I saw the larger one tear the new one in half. Is this common, if not introduced as pairs, the existing one is dominant over the new one?
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it would be best to introduce them at the same time what you encountered was territorial war , it's amazing how brutal they can be when protecting there space . I'm sure it wasn't a pretty sight Ive encountered this type of behavior from my trigger very gruesome to say the least ,
sorry bout your loss
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Thanks that's what I figured. I had 2 at one point and they got along just fine.

Liveaquaria has mated pairs for $$$ hahaha. I'll stick with just one.
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I know it's insane what they want for a mated pair , I just ordered a pair of coral banded shrimp, fingers crossed they get along I'm introducing 1 to each end of the tank , I think they will settle on either end but we shall see,
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