Different Kinds of Shrimp - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Posts: 10,782
Different Kinds of Shrimp

I'm looking for some shrimp to take care of an algae problem in my tank. I'd prefer cherry shrimp because of their red color (tan-colored sand) but I've heard that Amanos are best at algae eating. Can anyone tell me how cherry shrimp and red crystal shrimp are at eating algae compared to ghost and Amano shrimp? Do shrimp climb into plants like water wisteria to eat brown algae off the leaves? And can they eat diatome algae off the glass? Advice and insight would be most appreciated, friends.
Sakura8 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 01:44 PM
Olympia's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 4,900
I know that Cherry shrimp is a omnivore vs. Amano shrimp is a herbivore.
The cherry shrimp might not be a thorough with the algae because they'll eat anything, not sure of this, but they will eat fish food also.
Amano shrimp is a strict herbivore, so I'm guessing since it specializes it'd do better getting rid of algae, and if they did eat it all they'd starve unless you supplemented them.. This website should be helpful- it has all their needs and everything.. for algae I'm pretty sure the amano would be best.
Olympia is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Posts: 10,782
Awesome, thanks Olympia!
Sakura8 is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 10:10 PM
shinybetta's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 1,112
Amano shrimp are the best choice. They are the best algea eaters and are less likely to be killed by fish.

I only have 1 betta left, but he's a cool blue marble!
shinybetta is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Different kinds of friends? camerafreak Betta Fish Compatibility 5 05-06-2011 02:37 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome