Last year I set up a fancy guppy tank. The tank quickly became dirty with too many unwanted pond snails dying and algae growing. So I went to Petco for some ghost shrimp. Instead they had in one lonely little 1" long creature labeled as a "whisker shrimp," and I brought him home.
I did some reading and found that they are new in the fish/shrimp keeping hobby, and that people found them too aggressive to keep with peaceful fish. I ignored this advice and kept him with my guppies and baby pleco. I fell in love with this little shrimp, named Mr. Whiskers. He was a joy to watch, and would follow my finger around the tank, swimming about in search of food. He cleaned up the algae, dead snails, decaying plants, and yes, dead fish. I watched him interact with the fish very carefully. He would land on them every now and then on accident, and would never threaten to hurt them. The guppies actually became comfortable with his presence, and would follow him about the tank. If one did happen to nip at him he would slash with his claws but never gave chase or tore any fins.
My pleco would be sleeping on the bottom of the tank and Mr. Whiskers would sit beside him, nibbling on an algae wafer or simply grooming. Despite the pleco never moving at that point, Mr. Whiskers never offered any sort of aggression.
For this reason I would like to promote the keeping and breeding of Indian Whisker shrimp. They get about 2" long on average, but Mr. Whiskers reached 2.5" and, in the 8+ months I kept him with fish, never harmed a fish or shredded a fin. He could hold his own against aggressive fish, but was content to simply search for food. He did love algae wafers, but I believe highly benefited from a diet of primarily meat-based fish flakes and tubifex worms (which he LOVED). He was also given peas and algae wafers when algae was not present and the plants were all healthy.
So, anyone else experience the joys of owning an Indian Whisker shrimp? I finally found some for sale and purchased a female and a male...I plan to start breeding soon :D