Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 01:49:52 -0800 From: "Kirsten Klinghammer" <email@example.com> Subject: [AGA-Member] FYI on Amano Shrimp To: "AGA Member List" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-ID: <001501c4fe0c$399475f0$6401a8c0@notebook2> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
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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