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inuyasha_lover_21

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While i was at the pet store I saw some cleaner shrimp "and a mantis shrimp. Dang thing gave me the creeps" How hardy are the cleaner shrimp? I wanna get some in a few weeks. My nitrate is through the roof but it is slowly going down week by week. no nitrite and no ammonia. I think I am at 40 ppm for my nitrate and I hope itwill go down in 3 weeks. I can only do 5 gallon water changes. If I do them daily would it be ok to get the cleaner shrimp in about a week?

P.S. I also saw a goblin fish. what the heck is that!!!!
 

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I won't worry too much ... My nitrates are between 20-100 ppm ... And my cleaner fish does just fine. Shot I cycled my tank with him and two damsels.
Though I won't recommend this. He's around 3" long and likes to be hand feed.
 
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pet store was charging $25 each. Is that a good price?
 

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Yeah ... I paid $23.00 for mine last year. How long were they ?
 
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small, med ,large
 

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Small and med ones are better tank cleaners. Were the larger ones want to be feed.
 
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The Skunk Cleaner Shrimp actually cleans fish and is relatively hardy once slowly acclimated. Higher nitrate levels may pose a problem. They are very efficient at taking foods away from anemones.
 
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I have to wait a few weeks. My nitirte, ammonia, and nitrate are through the roof. I hoipe the chaeto will kill the nitrates so I can keep some cleaner shrimps.

Tomorrow I may do a 10% water change
 

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inuyasha_lover_21 said:
P.S. I also saw a goblin fish. what the heck is that!!!!
The Goblins (Inimicus filamentosus) are part of the Scorpion group. I think their spines are venomous and they are fish eaters! (to them, fish are food, not friends). They'll pretty much prey on any fish not big enough to bully back.
 

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i think the mantis shrip looks like those old guys you see in english cartoons that have the droopy mustach and the eye glass.....
 

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lol lexi
 

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That skunk cleaner shrimp seems so cool. That is awesome that they help so much especially with cleaning the fish. I need to invest in one of them.
 

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what is a normal nitrate reading for a Saltwater tank? Should it be low like <20ppm?
 

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FOWLR .... < 200ppm. Reef tank should be < 5ppm. Mixed reef should be <20ppm.
 

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what is the difference between mixed reef and a reef tank?
 

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Mixed reef is a mixture of hard and soft corals and anemones. A reef tank is SPS dominated.
 

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i don't know if you saw what i would be stocking my aqua pod with but i was planning on eventually having an anemone but no hard corals. would that still be mixed reef?
 

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Yeap ! Most saltwater people have mixed reefs.
 

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wit buying live sand and live rock the cycle shouldnt take too long right? the lr was cured
 

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The tank I cycled with LR was the fastest I have done...about 8 days.
 
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