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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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red cherry shrimp

I have some questions
Ive kept ghost shrimp but at the time didnt mind if my fish were not breeding im now working on a planted tank and wouldnt mind if my fish breed i read ghost shrimp will eat fry and red cherry shrimp will not. Is this true?

as well i read that red cherry shrimp are good algae eaters will they eat the dying parts of plants as well?

im not getting any super aggressive fish and the bottom of the tank will have plants for them to hide in as well so they will be safe from everything i just wanna know if any fry will also be safe from them
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I'm pretty sure they don't, but I'd like to know as well, because as I am clearing out my 10G for Cherry Shrimp, I've got 2 platy's that just had babies (and right before I was selling them, arg). So since they are so small, I can't do much about it. So it'd be nice to know if they will all live in harmony until I can sell off the platy's.
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I have some questions
Ive kept ghost shrimp but at the time didnt mind if my fish were not breeding im now working on a planted tank and wouldnt mind if my fish breed i read ghost shrimp will eat fry and red cherry shrimp will not. Is this true?

as well i read that red cherry shrimp are good algae eaters will they eat the dying parts of plants as well?

im not getting any super aggressive fish and the bottom of the tank will have plants for them to hide in as well so they will be safe from everything i just wanna know if any fry will also be safe from them
Ghost shrimp are more aggressive than RCS or other dwarf shrimp as their claws grow to be much larger. When I kept ghost shrimp with RCS I saw a ghost shrimp eating a RCS twice, before I took out all the ghost shrimp. I am sure they will snack on a fry that gets too close to them.

RCS are will eat algae and eat dying parts of plants, as well as left over food. If you keep RCS with your fish, your fry will definitely be safe. However, the baby shrimp will not. But with enough hiding places the RCS will still be able to outbreed the predatation.
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Ghost shrimp are more aggressive than RCS or other dwarf shrimp as their claws grow to be much larger. When I kept ghost shrimp with RCS I saw a ghost shrimp eating a RCS twice, before I took out all the ghost shrimp. I am sure they will snack on a fry that gets too close to them.

RCS are will eat algae and eat dying parts of plants, as well as left over food. If you keep RCS with your fish, your fry will definitely be safe. However, the baby shrimp will not. But with enough hiding places the RCS will still be able to outbreed the predatation.
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My experience:

I have a tank full of cherry shrimp and Cory catfish. Both are breeding well. I have about 50 juvie cories and I couldn't guess any better than around 100 cherries now. There is a lot of Java Moss there for everyone to hide in, but it seems like the shrimp and the cories just ignore each other for the most part.
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