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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-09-2013, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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shrimp replacement

as my betta decided amano shrimp are tasty, I am looking for an alternative.

my plants didn't do very well until I got the shrimp, they cleaned any dead leaves right off and allowed the plants to grow again.
They also did a great job at keeping algae of my wood and stones.

So I want to know, are there any other fish that would do a similar job? I do have two nerite snails, but they mostly hangout on the glass.

Since it's a 15 gallon with one betta, 6 endlers and 2 nerites my tank can take more fish than it's currently holding. The floor is made of fine 2-3 mm gravel.

I thought about getting a different type of shrimp that does breed in freshwater, but I'd say it's likely that by betta will hunt them down, and I don't want the shrimp to go through that again.

so any suggestions?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-09-2013, 07:14 PM
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All the fish that might do that are too big for your tank. Honestly, nerite snails really are the most effective at that sort of thing...sounds like you have a lazy pair. :p

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2013, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I think both of my nerites are male, I havenīt found any eggs. Maybe the males arenīt as good as cleaning as females? Isn't there some type of oto that would fit in my tank?
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Pygmy Cories or C. Hasbrosus.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2013, 11:12 AM
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Nerites can't actually breed in freshwater, they breed in brackish or salt water and then are transferred to fresh when they are older. So you might fine an egg here or there but it won't hatch to be a Nerite.

You could get some small Cories as Russell here say's, both C. Hastasus (Pygmy) and C. Habrosus (Dainty) are pretty good at that stuff. You can try Oto's, get a trio or so and you should be fine. But they are sensitive so make sure you acclimate them well and long!

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thank you for the answers! I will look into the species you mentioned and see what my LSF has.
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