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You do have quite the quandary going on. It would be a good thing to use Gauze or a filter sponge on the siphon. However that brings into play the vacuuming of the substrate. You would never be able to get the larger excess food off the bottom. But than again that's what you have shrimp for (the cleanup crew). Your tank is in amazing shape and all of your fish feel comfortable enough with the parameters to breed. That says volumes about your care. As far as what to do with the excess shrimp. (MMMMMM dinner comes to mind with cocktail sauce.) LOL
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Within an hour of first spotting the babies, I saw Tagawa take a snap at one (missed by a mile!), but there is always the chance he will pick them them off slowly.
He has never taken the slightest interest in the adult yellow shrimp (all of an inch long, but still growing a bit).
So he is obviously too wimpish to actually take on a ferocious grown up about 10% of his own size ;) but he obviously thinks that babies are fair game.

I had prawns for lunch, yesterday, sitting at my desk next to this tank and all my cute little yellow shrimp. It was an uncomfortable experience!
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22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Now that is so funny. You and Tagawa having the same lunch. LOL I bet that intimidates the shrimp. Now if Tagawa would man up and devour them maybe the older ones would back off. LOL

I've been visiting Gilford the Guppy's tank daily since I noticed his fins are being attacked by Morry. They for the longest time were best Buds. Now Morry has taken to fin nipping. I noticed today that he was chasing Gilford and it abruptly stopped when Gilford stopped and turned to face him. Gilford got right up into Morry's face and Morry hi tailed it for the back of the tank to hid in the plants. Gilford may have lost finnage but he hasn't lost the fight. LOL Morry is such a bully. And Gilford likes the fight.
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Within an hour of first spotting the babies, I saw Tagawa take a snap at one (missed by a mile!), but there is always the chance he will pick them them off slowly.
He has never taken the slightest interest in the adult yellow shrimp (all of an inch long, but still growing a bit).
So he is obviously too wimpish to actually take on a ferocious grown up about 10% of his own size 😉 but he obviously thinks that babies are fair game.

I had prawns for lunch, yesterday, sitting at my desk next to this tank and all my cute little yellow shrimp. It was an uncomfortable experience!
😂 Shrimp scare tactics.
I have a betta in a 5g by my husband's chair and he was sitting there eating fish and chips. He set the bottle of tartar sauce next to the tank and I just looked at him and asked "Is that a threat?"

When I had my brackish tank I had a bunch of ghost shrimp in there that always bred like crazy. I just used pantyhose (lol) over the siphon to avoid casualties. My dragon goby would occasionally munch them by accident when they would sit on his food, so I never really worried about having too much. Maybe Tagawa will learn from example by watching you. 😁
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I can just see it now, Fish and chips, and prawns with cocktail sauce and tarter sauce sitting next to the betta tank. What a way to intimidate your boys. LOL
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😂 Shrimp scare tactics.
I have a betta in a 5g by my husband's chair and he was sitting there eating fish and chips. He set the bottle of tartar sauce next to the tank and I just looked at him and asked "Is that a threat?"

When I had my brackish tank I had a bunch of ghost shrimp in there that always bred like crazy. I just used pantyhose (lol) over the siphon to avoid casualties. My dragon goby would occasionally munch them by accident when they would sit on his food, so I never really worried about having too much. Maybe Tagawa will learn from example by watching you. 😁
Well, if they sat on Gobiís food... haha!
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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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You don't need to worry about feeding baby shrimp as yours is a fairly mature tank. If you have an HOB check inside the filter as, even with a filter sponge, I found some babies. I never worried about vacuuming. What I did was keep my finger poised over the output part of the vacuum. If I thought I saw a baby being swept up I just closed off the opening. Never did get one, though.

You can have 100 shrimp per gallon so I don't think you'll be terribly overcrowded terribly soon.
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Brill!

And I donít think we will have a population explosion too soon. I watched Tagawa snap one up today, and i suspect he has been busy.
Yesterday, i saw several babies. Today, none.
RIP babies.

Clearly, his hunting skills just needed a little fins-on experience. :(
Will have to do a daily roll call for the adults, in case he gets a taste for yellow nigiri
But Iím hoping he stays too wimpy for that, or he could be moving home, yet again!

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Oh that poor little man. You put him in a new home with temptation. It's like Adam and Eve. only this guy loves shrimp. he isn't doing anything you didn't do in front of him. Shame on you MUM. LMBO.
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Yes indeed.
Mea culpa.

I am a bad, bad, mum!

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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