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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2020, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about adding shrimp to tank.

I'm still very new to the hobby. I have a 10 gallon tall. It is very heavily planted. My biggest worry is I have a Dwarf Mexican Lobster/maybe tangerine lobster. He was labeled as a Tangerine, but looks like a dwarf mexican. He seems even tempered, and doesn't mess with anything else though. I also have a mystery snail, a fire guppy, and a Panda Gara. I figured shrimp would be a nice addition to the smaller tank, and help keep it clean. My main worries are them tearing up the plants, and also about them over breeding and taking over. I've been thinking about getting a couple more guppies, or a few cardinal tetra. I figured they would help eat a lot of the fry, and keep things in check. I also figured I would start with 2 males, 2 females, and hopefully that would start the population lower. I've been looking at either cherry red, or blue shrimp. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2020, 05:31 PM
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I would expect your lobster to eat the shrimp. They won't tear up plants 1/100th as much as a lobster, so if that isn't bothering your plants, Neo shrimp certainly won't. Most places don't sell adult sexed shrimp but you don't want to purchase adults anyway. A group of juveniles is generally recommended but I'm not sure with a crayfish/lobster of any type they will survive to maturity.
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I would expect your lobster to eat the shrimp. They won't tear up plants 1/100th as much as a lobster, so if that isn't bothering your plants, Neo shrimp certainly won't. Most places don't sell adult sexed shrimp but you don't want to purchase adults anyway. A group of juveniles is generally recommended but I'm not sure with a crayfish/lobster of any type they will survive to maturity.
Fair enough. The pet shop didn't seem too worried about it. He is like a 1" lobster that gets 1.5 inches at most. I think they are actually classified as crayfish. I wouldn't even think of putting them in with a "real" lobster. I guess they either live, or I just bought my lobster a nice steak dinner, lol.
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As far as I'm aware, every freshwater "lobster" or "yabbie" is a trade name for a species of crayfish.

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As far as I'm aware, every freshwater "lobster" or "yabbie" is a trade name for a species of crayfish.
Oh, interesting. I didn't realize there was going to be so much to this hobby when I got started, haha. I thought I would just throw some fish in a tank. Now I'm planing things, and learning all sorts of science!
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