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cherry shrimp now amano for thread algae

I seem to have set up a successful cherry shrimp (neocaridina davidi) tank.
I'm setting up a new tank and I'm worried about hair and thread algae.
There is some, maybe both thread and hair alagae, in the moss I installed.
Will amano shrimp eat this type of algae?
I assume cherry will not do much as I've not seen them do so in my current tank.
I'm searching, of course, for what I can find on amano shrimp care.
I don't see many alarm bells other than they likely will never breed (unless I go for saltish which I'm not) and they will likely be wild caught.
So please...
Will amano shrimp eat thread/hair algae?
Are there significant care challenges other than understanding they will not breed?


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They will eat it usually, but not enough to make a huge dent in my e experiance.

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Bully.
Maybe I should describe what I'm thinking though.
I'm able to keep the threadish algae in check to the extent I'm talking about a handful of threads per ten gallons every week.
In other words, on weekly maintenance day I might notice three to ten threads either streaming a few inches or winding around the top of a plant.
So would several amano shrimp per ten gallons be able to knock that out?
I doubt it right? Especially without starving them. I can't imagine that I won't be feeding them or some other fauna such that they won't ever be starving.


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Amanos may or may not eat it... it might depend on the shrimp.


As far as breeding goes.... they breed just fine in freshwater, and the babies hatch just fine in freshwater. It's just that if they aren't transferred to saltwater conditions, they will die. Even if you do transfer them, there's no guarantee they'll survive to the point of being able to be transferred back to freshwater.
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Ah right right right, thank you.

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Amanos may or may not eat it... it might depend on the shrimp.


As far as breeding goes.... they breed just fine in freshwater, and the babies hatch just fine in freshwater. It's just that if they aren't transferred to saltwater conditions, they will die. Even if you do transfer them, there's no guarantee they'll survive to the point of being able to be transferred back to freshwater.


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Some say they have had offspring of amanos. But I never have any luck on breeding them.
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Some say they have had offspring of amanos. But I never have any luck on breeding them.

I've only seen one person who has *possibly* raised 1 zoe in freshwater. Otherwise though, they need to be transferred to saltwater.
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Amanos eat hair algae. They will attack the hair algae as long as they aren’t getting full on fish food. I have 20 in a 32 gallon. They also like to nibble here and there on my Wallichii I noticed. Just make sure you don’t have that plant in there 😅.
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