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    Default Shrimps with OTOs? how about it?

    read discussion on shrimps with fish as not being advisable.

    I had entertain the thought of putting Cherry Shrimp with either
    1) OTOs (to suck up the algae on the wall)

    2) Boraras Maculatas (to eat mosquito larva)

    is it ok?

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    Otos are perfect tank mates for shrimps As for boraras malculatus, they should do well too since they are very tiny and should not pose much danger to the shrimps. However, shrimps might not like fish peeping at them doing *ahem* the do

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    Maybe can try boraras merah, I found one shop that sells them..... this species largest size is 2cm...smaller than boraras malculatus which is 2.5cm. However i am still wary about them, as fishes will eat anything that fits in their mouth therefore they might snack on the shrimplets.

    One bad experience is:

    My guppies fry which i used as bug/worms control........ previous attempted to nibble one of my 1-2 week old cherry shrimplet in my face and its only abt 1cm big almost the same size as the shrimplet.

    Maybe if well fed they wont attack the shrimps.
    Tell us if you are successful using the boraras species(100% shrimp friendly?).

    Many thanks!!!
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    I do keep otos with my shrimp, it rather active and found that my shrimps very stress....

    So i change it to so call china sucker fish...
    Slow movement sucker fish... My shrimps feel better with it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojoecute
    I do keep otos with my shrimp, it rather active and found that my shrimps very stress....

    So i change it to so call china sucker fish...
    Slow movement sucker fish... My shrimps feel better with it..
    Hi jojocute,

    Effective algae eater?? Keep us updated if it eats baby shrimplets.....as i know most sucker fishes eats anything..... what its max size?
    Regards,
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    IMO...
    It better then Otos, so far always suck on glass had never landed on the floor.. Otos will share algae food with shrimp which i don't like...

    I don't think this china sucker eats shrimp...

    Quote Originally Posted by simcb
    Hi jojocute,

    Effective algae eater?? Keep us updated if it eats baby shrimplets.....as i know most sucker fishes eats anything..... what its max size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojoecute
    IMO...
    It better then Otos, so far always suck on glass had never landed on the floor.. Otos will share algae food with shrimp which i don't like...

    I don't think this china sucker eats shrimp...
    Hi jojocute,

    I found some info on this fish, nicknamed chinese plecs which belongs to the



    http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...article_id=142
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    Hi,
    I kept Otos (Ototinclus and Hisontus species) in the past with shrimps and keep the Hisonotus at the moment also with shrimps without a problem. In my breeding tanks I keep only shrimps without Otos because the Otos would starve to death because of the lack of algae.

    But in normal show tanks they are good tank mates. These catfishes prefer to looks for their food on smooth surfaces like glass or bigger leaves. They are much more effective in cleaning algaes than shrimps and in combination with shrimps they are a good help in prefenting your tank for algae. The shrimps look for food more in the mosses, riccia or other rough surfaces in my experience. So Otos and shrimps look for food in diffrent places and that should be no problem for neither species. You can feed the shrimps with tabletts for plecos or algae waffers if you think they need more food.

    I don't know for sure if Otos or similar catfishes eat shrimplets. It could be possible but I never made this experience myself. Junvile and adult shrimps should be too big for them to eat.

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    Yo Joe, that's a Hillstream Loach, there's 2 or 3 other similar sp. There's also a Saddleback Loach which looks like this but its body is longer instead of circular


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    Quote Originally Posted by dkk08
    Yo Joe, that's a Hillstream Loach, there's 2 or 3 other similar sp. There's also a Saddleback Loach which looks like this but its body is longer instead of circular

    I think this loach might attack shrimps when hungry...
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