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Old 05-28-2013, 09:04 PM   #1 
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red cherry shrimp cleaning

do red cherry shrimp eat brown algae off the glass?
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:12 PM   #2 
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No. Amano shrimp do, I believe. But someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:15 AM   #3 
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Amano shrimp do clean the glass but if there is any driftwood or rocks in the tanks that is usually where you will find them. I have 6 amano in my tank and they were unable to keep the algae in check on the glass. I got myself 4 zebra nerite snails and my glass in the 55g was spotless in a weeks time.
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what about ghost shrimp?
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:50 PM   #5 
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Brown algae is usually diatoms. They feed on excess silicates so you may want to test your water for it to see if that't why you have them. If the tank was recently set up the diatoms will eat up the sillicates and then dissapear on their own, 1 week to 3 months after setup.

Ghost shrimp are not diatom eaters. They really only eat uneaten fish food and dead animals. Cherry shrimp are largley biofilm eaters, eating the nutrient dense film full of critters that grow on rocks, driftwood, and decorations. I do believe they eat diatoms, but not off the glass.

Snails are your best friend for getting rid of diatoms. Ramshorn snails are busy little guys and won't overpopulate a tank unless you overfeed. They're easy to spot and remove by hand when you want to get rid of them or reduce their numbers as well, and their babies make delicious live foods for hungry fish. :)
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