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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-07-2017, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Invertebrates for planted tank


I have a planted tank with some rotalla's, moss, crypt parva and eleocharis parvula. I want to add some invertebrates for it, I had a neritina snail, but after 5 months she died. Now I want some advice on what inverts to get to benefit my planted tank, and before I go to the shrimp route, I want to get some type of a carpet from the eleocharis, so there's still a little bit of time for shrimps
I want mainly to clean the algae, but MTS seem cool since they only clean at night, but I also don't want my plants eaten (don't know if they eat it)

Can you guys give me any advice?
The tank is a 10G

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Rams horn snails, the small ones, are good. Dwarf Mexican crayfish are cool, the various shrimp you already mentioned and that's about all that comes to mind off the top of my head.
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I myself have wondered whether some of the crustaceans like the dwarf lobsters and crayfish wouldn't be harmful to plants though. I've had a couple crayfish before and they ate the sh!t out of my swords. It seems like there's differing information, can anyone enlighten me as to what I may have been doing wrong, or what everyone's differing experience has shown?

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My MTS don't seem to eat plants. They do come out a bit during daytime, which doesn't bother me at all, but I guess it might bother some. Poorly anchored plants may come loose if they dig around their roots, but otherwise they're all good.

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Amano shrimp grow large enough to not be bothered by most fish. I wouldn't do lobsters or crayfish. Just not a good mix for fish and plants usually. Malaysian trumpet snails, Rams horn, Nerites... then the smaller shrimp. That's pretty much it for invertebrates.

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