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Aquarium Algae: Finding A Clean-Up Crew

10 January 2021

What are the best algae eater for your tank? Freshwater Shrimp are not only an effective clean up crew, but also intriguing species to watch and enjoy. These little beauties are often considered some are the of the best algae eaters for clearing a tank.

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Popular species range from Amano and Red Cherry Shrimp, to the Crystal Red and Tiger Shrimp. Once added to your aquarium, these colourful little scavengers spend their days scavenging the aquarium, devouring any algae they find on the floor, walls, plants, moss, substrate, heaters and more!

Of course, tropical fish keeping is a wonderful hobby and for many with peaceful community tanks, this goes hand in hand with keeping shrimp. There are so many tropical fish which are compatible with shrimp.

Generally, the Cherry Shrimp is one of the most popular invertebrate with aquarists. They are native to Taiwan and they come in various shades of red and are even part of a grading system! Because they are vibrant colour, easy to keep and peaceful towards others, they are very popular in particular for beginner aquarists.

With the sheer magnitude of fresh water shrimp it is not always easy to know which ones are suitable for keeping with shrimp. This research is important in order to avoid a shrimp massacre taking place in your aquarium. Many people choose to have a shrimp only tank, they are just so peaceful to watch. There is something mesmerising when one sits to watch a colourful freshwater shrimp tank.

Freshwater shrimp thrive in densely planted aquariums, therefore. it’s a wise move to have plenty of plants, rocks or other hiding places for your shrimp to take refuge from different types of freshwater fish within their community. Java miss is a firm favourite for them. Moss is quite important in the aquarium as they like to groom themselves and then hide amongst it.

So which types of fish are suitable for our shrimp, we hear you ask. Luckily, there is a great selection of fish you can safely keep with them.

Remember; if you’re fish’s mouth seems big enough to fit the shrimp, it will most likely attempt to eat it! So, with this in mind, here’s is a list of some of the most popular kinds of tropical fish for our shrimp aquariums:

Neon Tetras
Harelequin Rasboras
Small catfish eg Cory
Peaceful smaller sized plecos
Dwarf gourami
White Clouds
Glow-light Tetras

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