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Amano shrimp

Discussion in 'South American Tank Mates' started by TuvaM, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. TuvaM

    TuvaM Member

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    Hi guys.
    I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I could use some help from someone who knows a little about amano shrimp.
    I bought 5 of them some time ago, and they don't seem to eat any algea, they only nibble at one of the roots. Also, I only see 1, max 2 of them daily. Are they unhappy? pH about 6.5, kh 0, temp 26 C, no CO2, O2 diffuser on. Tankmates are one male A. borellii and some ember tetras.

    Thanks in advance.
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    chappy6107 New Member

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    I dont have an A. Borellii, but my other apistos hunted down my amanos and kept them in hiding until finally killing them all.
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    Mbkemp New Member

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    I have Amano shrimp with Bolivian rams and borelli apisto'. The amano are fine, the rcs not so much


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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    They might do better with at least little hardness. Raising GH and KH into the 1 to 2 degree range (18 to 35 mg/L) each might help the shrimp without harming softwater fish. Mine are excellent algae eaters, but if the tank gets fish food, they'll gorge on that too and eat less algae. I keep about 6 Amanos in a tank with a pair of Badis, which get mainly live foods, and that tank is my only algae-free tank. If I need to clean algae off a plant (or off anything else) I move it to the Badis tank for a week.
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    Borellii's are no threat to adult Amano's
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    TuvaM Member

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    Thanks everyone! I can try to raise the kh a little. I have some Potassium Bicarbonate, does anyone know if I can just add a small amount directly to the tank? Or should I dissolve it first?
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I would dissolve it first, and also use something with sodium (Na). If your Na is very low, adding K without Na may be toxic to inverts. KCl is used to poison invasive zebra mussels. A better option might be aragonite ("crushed coral") gravel, which will slowly dissolve and release Ca, Mg, and bicarbonate (GH and KH), plus a low dose of plain old NaCl salt (1 teaspoon per 5 gal = 0.3 g/L).
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    I've got 3 Amano's in a 20 gal with 90% RO water and DIY CO2 and liquid fertilizers . They've been in there for at least 6 years. Once they adapt to your water parameters, they are impossible to kill.
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    id also like to point out that amano shrimp are primarily filter feeders(using there fans to pull food out of the water column. Them eating algea is a secondary food and some wont graze on it at all. Just like fish each shrimp may act differently and adjust differently. IME my amanos I find them sitting on my décor higher in the water column fanning away at the water (I sometimes feed them grind flakes as there up there by droping it into the water flow. Mine hardly ever touch algea, mine are in a planted tank alone tho (kinda just for growing some plants) but id imagine weather they get shredded by apistos or not will depend on your apistos. Every fish acts different.
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    Amanos don't have fans. Maybe you are referring to atyopsis moluccensis?
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    crap ya I had a brain fart. I have Bambo shrimp not amanos. Disregard my comment
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  12. Bart Hazes

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    My amanos are perfectly happy in very soft acidic water with 6 Dicrossus filamentosus as company. I got them to eat algae which they didn't (or at least not in noticeable amounts). They do eat oak leafs and the oak leaf half-life is a lot shorter now the amanos are in there, and they just leave the central vein and perhaps a few of the larger side-veins. I also got Siamese algae eaters who do a good job of trimming down the filamentous algae but they are aggressive feeders on anything you throw in and too much of a food competitor for checkerboards or apistos.

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