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Algae eating shrimp are O.K. but I think you need an awful lot of them to
have optimum algae control. At the prices charged, they are not good value
for money especially since they have a habit of going AWOL. I found one out
in the hallway about 16 feet from the tank. Of course by then it had dried
out quite nicely. :(
I started with 12 about 8 months ago. There are two left in one of my tanks
and 2 out of 4 in another. One day when I move (if I move) I'll probably
find a few dried out ones behind various pieces of furniture.
SAEs don't get aggressive but they are extremely fast and active. If you
don't have a lid on the tank they jump as well. I gave three away when
they'd outgrown their welcome. They were tiny slivers when I bought them,
and 4 inches SL when James Purchase gave them a new home nine months later.
They are now over 6 inches SL - big enough to panfry. Torpedo shaped
sardines. They did a great job of algae control it's just that they were
spooking the clown loaches and gouramis. I suppose you can't really keep
them with timid fish.