Is Cleaner Shrimp okay with yellow tail damsels

AwNuts

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This Friday I am about to pick up a cleaner shrimp and 3 Pajama Cardinals.

I currently have 2 clown fish (nemos) and 2 yellow tail damsels in a 125 gal.

My main concern is will the cleaner shrimp be okay with the 2 yellow tail damsels.

Also I have owned the 2 clowns and 2 yellow tail damsels for over a year now. They were transferred from a smaller tank I had into the 125 gal.

Also anyone know what's the limit of cleaner shrimps I can have in a 125 gal?
 
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ryanr

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Hi,
What cleaners are you planning? This will affect the quantity you can stock.

I would suggest up to 4 Skunk (Redline) Cleaners, or 12 Peppermints.

Shrimp should be fine with damsels, I haven't read of damsels devouring inverts.
 
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AwNuts

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hey Ryan,

yeah i'm planning on getting the scarlet skunk version of cleaner shrimp. I deff wanted to double check on this first as I didn't want to find the shrimp in pieces later lol.

One thing that I did read was don't have hermit crabs with cleaner shrimps as the hermit crabs tend to go after the shrimp.
 
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ryanr

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AwNuts said:
One thing that I did read was don't have hermit crabs with cleaner shrimps as the hermit crabs tend to go after the shrimp.
I think it depends on which crab. Many are herbivores and detritus feeders (I think typically red and blue leg) and don't bother shrimp - but they (hermits) can nibble at corals.
 
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AwNuts

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good to know. I was in the debate on when to pick up a cleanup crew and how much. But now I know the typical cleanup crew hermits (reds & blues) are ok, then I won't stress if I do decide to acquire a clean up crew. I know clean up crews are an essential part of an aquarium.
 

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