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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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CPO anyone?

Was having issues trying to find suitable bottom dwelling fish for my 7.8-8 ph, hard water, (soon to be planted) community tank...decided to turn my attention to invertebrates. Most shrimp species seem to either prefer soft water, or are snack-size. Stumbled across CPOs and wondered if anyone has information, experience, or advice on keeping them.
My tank currently houses long-fin serpaes, Celebes rainbows, platys, and one bolivian ram.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 04:02 PM
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CPOs are not your best answer. They'll tear fins, uproot plants and eat sleeping fish.

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Was reading they were plant safe, and only max out to be 2.5". That's unfortunate, would you recommend anything else?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 04:24 PM
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Re: CPO anyone?

Amano or maybe bamboo shrimp?

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I was thinking Amano might be the best, love the bamboo shrimp also, but was told they wouldn't fair well in my hard water.
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"...one bolivian ram."

This alone almost assures that any shrimp will be eaten. They don't have to be taken whole. Many fish will tear up larger shrimp in order to eat them.

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I have never had any of my CPOs mess with my plants. Also, 2.5 inches seems very large, mine have never grown that big. It is true they might attack fish, but they usually don't do much harm. Mine never have. Unless the fish is sleeping they are much faster than a CPO.
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So even amano shrimp are out of the question with the ram? Given my current stock, would it be alright attempting a couple CPOs, or would the ram eat them as well? The rainbows stay mid-top level, the serpaes are pretty quick, and the platys don't bother anything.
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CPOs are not your best answer. They'll tear fins, uproot plants and eat sleeping fish.
They ate two of my ottos and a few chili rasporas...they love snails too...they are very patient hunters...
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm...seems CPOs are a no go then. Would like things to stay relatively peaceful. Any advice/thoughts on bamboo shrimp then? Was told they might not be suitable for my water parameters, anyone have success keeping these guys in hard water? Figured their larger size would keep them off the lunch menu anyway.
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