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Amano shrimp or Red cherry shrimp?

I am thinking about getting some shrimp for my 30 gal to help with algae control. What seem to be the pros and cons of each?
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Amanos have done a much better job of eating algae for me. But they are more expensive, and they won't breed in your tank.
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Amano shrimp adjusting

If I have read correctly, almost all amano shrimp are wild caught and can have difficulty during adjustment. Do you just hope you get a good group that doesn't die right off the bat? Or is there something you can do to try to keep them alive during adjustment. How would you stock? I have 6 otos in the tank already and I'm thinking about getting a couple more, but idk whether I should or not if I get the shrimp.
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I have both in my 29g. 3 Amanos and 15+ rcs. The Amanos do a better job with algae as jack stated.
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There's a reason Takashi Amano uses them...

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I don't think RCS even eat algae. Mine don't seem to anyways.


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How many would you stock in a 30 gal along with otocinclus? 5? 10?
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20 red cherries
or 10 amanos

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What is the temperament of the amano shrimp like? Are they active and fun to watch swim around or are they reclusive and seldom seen?
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depends on what fish are with them. They tend to hide more when fish are in the tank

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I've got 2 bolivian rams, 6 otos, and currently 3 julii cories but one of those seems to be ill and laying on its side despite all normal water parameters. I'm getting a dozen harlequin rasboras tomorrow as well.
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My 20L went from an algae meadow to practically algae-free in 3 days with 10 Amanos. I got mine here on the forum. I have not lost a single shrimp and this is my first time keeping them.

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My Amanos all jumped out of my tank (no lid) and my cherries stay in with no problems...
You might want to make sure you have a lid on your tank if you choose Amanos...

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wow lol I Haven't had any jumpers.

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Actually, I had that problem too, they also climbed out of my tank

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