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CRS is pregnant...should algae eaters be separated?

I have a berried shrimp for who knows how many days now. I'm concerned my two miniature algae eaters might eat them when they hatch. Should I separate them from the tank? or will they not pose any threat?

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What do you mean by "miniature algae eaters"? Could you provide photos if you don't know the species name?


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What do you mean by "miniature algae eaters"? Could you provide photos if you don't know the species name?
they are the little chinese algae eater....heres a picture. they're both are about 1 1/2 inches.

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Probably...CAE are pretty nasty to even fish. I'm surprised you've been able to keep them together so far.


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How big is your tank, cause I heard that they can get longer than half a foot in length.
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Probably...CAE are pretty nasty to even fish. I'm surprised you've been able to keep them together so far.
they've been pretty exceptional so far with my crs. They get a little rowdy with ea other here and there but nothing too visually threatening. Except I just hope they don't gobble up a fry shrimp if they thought it was floating food or somethin :/ --- still contemplating....
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How big is your tank, cause I heard that they can get longer than half a foot in length.
my tank is 29gals. I purposely chose them to be just a bit over 1inch when i picked them up at the store for algae control. they've been very good
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A safer bet for your shrimp tank would be to get six or so Otos for algae control.


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A safer bet for your shrimp tank would be to get six or so Otos for algae control.
cool, didnt know they existed. i'll consider them later on. Going be my 3rd time investing AE. first was Siamese, then chinese...both a tad bit too aggressive
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otos for sure! if you don't mind snails, nerites do a phenomenal job on algae as well. they do tend to lay little white eggs from time to time. right now i have 4 juvie horned nerites in my 12g long and they are awesome. no eggs laid either. ::knock on wood::
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CAE are definitely 100% not shrimp safe. They have teeth and tend to bite off things. I had them before. They do grow really big about almost 8 inches long.
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