Small shrimp that don't breed in the aquarium?

nry

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Are there any small shrimp that won't breed in the aquarium? I ended up having to frequently cull the mixed batch which were sold as Amano (via eBay) as they bred like rabbits, had more shrimp than the usual snail pests!

I like the bumble bee shrimp but they appear to breed easily too - I know I could likely sell them on but I'd rather have as low maintenance as possible.
 

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Have a google around for Orange and Green Dwarf Shrimp... don't see them that often, but some Maidenheads get both from time to time, and breeding is unreported afaik :)
 

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Purple zebra too. My LFS has Orange shrimp in all the time and reckons they're the hardiest of them all.
 

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Cheers all - is there truely the need for shrimp in a tank? I'm wondering if I need any or not after a little reading, or maybe I'll just live with the breeding and go for some bumble bee shrimp...always liked them.
 

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You don't need them. They do perform a function, but they're not totally necessary. I think they make an interesting addition that isn't fish ;)

Ah right, nice one Garuf. Didn't realise that. I think my LFS claimed they were cherries but orrange. That being said, the ones she had in may have been different to the ones you're talking about?
 

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Garuf is right

true orange shrimps require brackish to breed so would be ideal. I believe they are Caridina sp not a neocaridiana (like cherries). They are fairly cheap too.
 

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SteveUK said:
I hear that rednose shrimp need salt/brackish to breed. Might be worth researching them. They're pretty cool looking.
Don't think they need brackish water, just the fry just go through a larvae stage before they become full shrimplets.

JamesM said:
I think shrimp have more character than most small fish and I find them far more interesting personally.
I agree 100%.
 
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