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Malawa Shrimp Question...

Do malawa shrimp eat algae? I'm finding conflicting info when I search.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 04:14 PM
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Depending upon the specific algae and other food sources available to them, they may. But you shouldn't count on any shrimp to eat algae. It's just an added bonus if they do.
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I have a tank with literally about a thousand or so. I'm pretty sure they don't eat algae, but do eat the food it produces.

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Thank you both for your response. I'll look into my other options.

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If you have an algae issue, it's an imbalance between lighting, nutrients and CO2.

Adding critters you hope to eat it won't necessarily solve your problem and could make things worse.
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I'm not concerned with the algae that's in my tank. I'm more looking to add a couple critters that would benefit from nomming on what's there.

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What kind of algae is it?

Amano Shrimp can occasionally chow down on things like hair algae. Though, not always.

They're also hardy, large enough to battle off fish and can't successfully reproduce in freshwater.
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Green dust and brown algae.

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Shrimp probably won't be helpful on that front. But snails could be!

Do you have Ramshorn Snails, by chance?
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I did... and had the noobie reaction of ridding my tank of them! They hitchhiked on one of the first plants I put in my main tank. Now that I know better I'm looking into them. I think if I can find some that are easy on the eye I may go that route.

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They'll probably keep your tank spotless.
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I did... and had the noobie reaction of ridding my tank of them! They hitchhiked on one of the first plants I put in my main tank. Now that I know better I'm looking into them. I think if I can find some that are easy on the eye I may go that route.
The blue and pink colored Ramshorns are absolutely beautiful! I've seen quite a few on Aquabid that re different shades but one person on there has an almost lavendar (with light picture, so grain of salt) color that is awesome.
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Peachii, those sound pretty!

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my malawas eat algae, but only when over crowded in a tank with a lot of algae, and even then, they just seem to keep it trimmed. its like they will only eat the smallest possible strands of algae.

now, when it comes to cyano, they seem to love it. i regularly feed my shrimp some cyano that i grow in a five gallon tank, and a handful of the stuff will be gone in several hours.
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