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Hello

I'm looking to get some Shrimp on the weekend to add to my tropical tank, I have three bottom feeders which are a Pleco and a couple of clown Loach's, will the shrimp be ok or will they be fish food?
Oh by the way I'm looking to re-home the Pleco as my tank is to small, I saved him from a fish tank in a pub that was so green you couldn?t see any fish inside!! :(
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Re: Shrimp #2
Hi Fish_Face,

How big are the loaches, if they are a couple of inches then they could well try to eat the shrimps, crustacean are part of a balanced diet for these fellas if they can catch them, normally they will eat frozen shrimp though.

Some plecs will also eat shrimp, I had a fairly large old plec who ate my Amano shrimp.

How big is the tank? Clown Loaches grow big, up to 16inches and also need at least 6 to be happy as they are highly social creatures. See link below. (Good old Marge, strikes again)

Click here for Loach page.

Do you what type of plec you have as well?
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Re: Shrimp #3
I have a 4ft but we are looking to get ourselves a larger one after crimbo. think i'll leave the shrimp them.

I wish fish shops would give you information about the fish when you buy them. but on the other hand maybe i should have done my own research, need to get myself a moon light too.
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Re: Shrimp #4
A lot of shops sell fish that are not really suitable for the average tank. Clown Loaches require a minimum tank size of 6ft x 2ft x 2ft, others in this league are some of the catfish family and Silver Sharks. All these can grow to 14" and above and require large tanks, the Silver Sharks also need at least 6 as they are shoalers. There are many others that shops sell without giving the right advice and are sold as suitable for the community tank... A lot just care about profits over fish welfare and will sell anything to anybody just to keep themselves in the black.

I will say though, that not all shops are bad, look around and ask other fishkeepers in your area where the best ones are. They are few, but even some of the bigger national pet store chains have branches that have some good knowledgeable staff.

Just to add, the clowns are not really suitable as community fish as they require a water flow much greater than normal and temps up to 30c with a pH of 6.5 to thrive and grow properly. Have a good read of the link I put to the Loach site and Marge.
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Re: Shrimp #5
Thanks for your advice; I might take them back as I only got them a few months ago it?s a shame as they are beautiful fish. Don?t think I have the time or money the maintain a 6ft tank,

The people who sit in the head office of these companies need to invest some money into staff training and maybe offer better wages so they actually attract people who have a interest in fish to work there.

Thanks for your help and advice Grumps
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Can I ask if it was one of the large pet stores where you bought them?
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It was actually a large independant store called waterworld in Chesire who specialise in aquatics , I've stopped going to P@H.
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Print the poster beloe and take it with you. It may help.

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Re: Shrimp #9
If they had one of these posters next to all the fish it would solve so many problems.

Thanks!
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You're welcome please let us know how you get on.
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