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I have a gold fish and a comet would I be ok to buy some shrimp to go in the tank?
In my sig line below is what I have in the 10. I want to know if it would be safe for the shrimp with (3) male Endlers in there. I gave all the other fish away. The tank has rotala colorata, fissden fontanus, moss, pellia, red melon sword and a few others. My gut tells me NO WAY but the Endlers spend most of their time at the surface or mid-level. Certainly newly hatched shrimp would be small enough for them to eat.
Algae eaters are a great addition in a freshwater tank to help control and reduce unsightly and potentially damaging algae prorogation. They come in a variety of species, including shrimps, snails and algae-consuming fish. Certain algae-eaters prefer certain types of algae, so with a mix of species you can ensure that all or most of the algae presence can be controlled.
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Most are small, typically smaller than two inches, making them ideal for tanks of any size. Remember to add plenty of plant life to provide shelter and hiding spots for the shrimp unless you want them to turn into a meal for larger fish in the tank! Crystalshrimp and Red Cherryshrimp are noted as being quite resilient breeders given an ample food source and room to mate.They’ll eat many types of fish flake and pellet food, but they also like to snack on algae and detritus, so they’ll also serve as a type of cleaning crew for the tank. They do tend to be smaller than most of the other shrimp discussed, so much so that they are sometimes used as a food source for larger fish in the aquarium. Many people keep them as pets however, so if you’d like to go that route make sure to provide adequate hiding spots for them. They’ll waste no time when it comes to breeding, so if you have a pair, make sure you have ample room for the expecting mother. Also, have a food source for the young on hand, such as a liquid food solution, rotifers, or newly hatched brine shrimp.Another great shrimp variety is the Paleaomonetes. This hardy variety is tough enough for most any tank, but keep a few caveats in mind. Most importantly, like all shrimp species, they are highly vulnerable to fluctuations in water quality. Leftover fish food flakes or oily chemicals that leave behind residue can damage the water quality, something that can be deadly to freshwater shrimp. Varieties of Paleaomonetes include the Ghost, the Glass, and the Pearl, which as you might have guessed from their names, have an almost translucent quality making them a great addition to any decor.If you have your ghosties in a tank with fishes that need treatment for diseases you will need to remove the shrimps to a separate tank while medicating. Beware especially of any medications containing copper. Run activated carbon through the aquarium filter and make sure you remove all of the medications before introducing them back into the tank.