Which shrimp would be better?

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Which cleaner shrimp should I choose between the blood shrimp or the skunk cleaner?
I would have a pair of which ever I go for, I think have two pair in the tank might not work.
The display tank for those that don't know is a 5x2x2.
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Reply #1

I'd go for the skunk cleaner shrimp. The blood red ones seem more striking at first, but they're pretty dark in adulthood, and as they tend to hide away more than the skunks, you'll probably never see them...

The skunks are cheaper too, and that bold while stripe down the back makes them stand out much more IMO.

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Cheers,  I know the skunks clean the fish, but I wasn't sure if the blood reds were any better.
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Reply #3

I have a pair of both in my 4x2x2.  They're happy together and each pair have their own teritory, which they defend.  I see both pairs out a lot.  Nks are definately the more active though, both in moving around the tank, and in cleaning the fish.  They also steal food from my corals, whereas the blood/fire shrimp don't.

I like them all though.

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Thanks HK.
And the point you make about them stealing food is the only reason I wouldn't have the skunks, it's tempting have both, I'll probably have a pair of cleaners and a boxer shrimp or arrow crab
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Reply #5

Yes, they're buggers for stealing food, but I usually pass the shrimp a bit of food before I feed any corals, so it's already preoccupied and not interested in theft.  :tongue:
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Reply #6

I have to say i was tempted to get rid of my skunks as they are always robbing food from my corals etc. but on the othe hand they are an excellent member of the CUC and are interesting to watch.

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Reply #7

See robbing git. just added some Mysis and it is already hassling my Duncan for its food !!

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Yes, they're buggers for stealing food, but I usually pass the shrimp a bit of food before I feed any corals, so it's already preoccupied and not interested in theft.  :tongue:

I used to have to do that when I had a sun coral.
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Reply #9

My skunks are always out. I find them especially bad when I add anything new to the tank that can't move away.

A while ago I was given a free hermit crab as the LFS wasn't sure if it would survive or not. Within five minutes of adding it to the tank it had ripped one of its legs off. It ripped a head off my xenia coral when I added it (although the xenia is fine and growing like crazy). I'm also sure it was at least partly responsible for the death of my last feather duster, and it bothers my new one (though I wait and hope to see if this one survives). I don't have any experience of other types of marine shrimp though, so can't say this is a problem specifically with skunks.

When I had just one it was fine, though I hardly saw it. Then I got two and they roam around the tank all the time. They're gorgeous though.
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Fish: 2 ocellaris clowns, 1 firefish, 1 yellow clown goby
Inverts: 2 cleaner shrimp, 4 hermit crabs, 1 trochus snail, 1 feather duster

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They are territorial and should you introduce a third the strongest pair will kill the weaker member.
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