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Do you scrape the glass algae or leave it for shrimp to feed on? thanks
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Depends on the setup and the goal. A breeding tank might be left to go as green as it wants to provide more feeding area, a viewing tank might be kept spotless to better show off the plants and stock.
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+1 Great answer, knot!


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I scrape the front glass, leave the sides for them to feed on the biofilm. I've noticed a higher population for tanks with the algae growing on the glass verses tanks without.
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Do you scrape the glass algae or leave it for shrimp to feed on? thanks
Nerite snails clean algae on the glass like a razor blade, shrimp are not able to do so.
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Shrimp love the food Algae produces, but usually will not eat the algae itself.

Nerites will clean your glass of algae very efficiently, but leave eggs all over that won't hatch.

Ramshorns eat algae too, but reproduce in big numbers if you overfeed.

Both have pros and cons to consider.


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Ramhorns also serves as a good protein source. When my ramhorn population grows wildly, I usually crush them and let the shrimp eat the dead snail.
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All I have are few RCS, no fish or snails yet. Not sure what direction the tank is heading, I can just clean the front glass and leave sides for shrimp food.
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i clean the front then one of the sides & the next time i clean the front & the opposite side
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