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[AGA-Member] Re: FYI on Amano Shrimp

IME, valisneria is rather brittle and tends to get damaged in shipping. It may be that the shrimp are simply munching on the frayed ends of the leaves as they begin to decay. The leaves will tend to continue to decay and you can trim the leaves down to either below the damage or all the way to about an inch from the root. The roots are the key and most of the plants will recover nicely. While it is nice that the shrimp look to you for goodies, if you do not suppliment them, they will be just fine eating algae alone.

Ann V

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Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 01:49:52 -0800
From: "Kirsten Klinghammer" <klingham@pacbell.net>
Subject: [AGA-Member] FYI on Amano Shrimp
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As I mentioned in my first post to this list earlier this evening, I'm
setting up a new planted tank, the first for many years. I'd read that
Amano shrimp are wonderful for eating algae, so I added a few of them a few
days ago (I know that's early - only a week in - but I'm hoping they'll be
okay; there are 8 in a 38 gallon tank).


Here and there I saw mention of Amano shrimp sometimes munching on plants.
In my few days of experience with them, I can confirm this.  Our Amano
shrimp have taken quite a liking to our Italian Vallisneria (Vallisneria
spiralis), and have been munching holes through the leaves in spots,
especially towards the leaf ends.  Our tank currently has six V. spiralis
(most about 20 inches or so tall), one Echinodorus "ozelot", and a very
large handful of Riccia fluitans.  The vallisneria are the only plants
getting eaten (the others get cleaned, but they don't seem to be getting
noticeably consumed).

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