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[APD] Re: Shrimp & algae
What freshwater shrimp eat algae and what kinds of algae? Do the glass
shrimp (I believe the ones I can scoop out of the lake in my yard)
> eat algae?
Caridina japonica (Amano shrimp) - Reaches 2 inches. Will eat softer
algae. They are good at eating hair or string algae. They do not like
black beard algae.
Macrobrachium sp. (red claw shrimp) - Reaches 2 1/2 inches. These are
long arm shrimp that are predatory so they can't be kept with small fish
or small shrimp. Supposed to be the best of the long arm shrimp at
eating algae. They don't really eat a lot of algae, but they will eat some.
Neocaridina denticulata (Red Cherry Shrimp) - Reaches 1 inch. Eats a
wide range of algae. Since they are small you need a fair number to
control algae and they can be subject to predation by larger fish.
Neocaridina serrata (BumbleBee shrimp) - Another small shrimp that only
reaches 3/4 inch. Will eat a good amount of algae for their size, will
also nibble on very soft plants.
Palaemon hendersoni (Rainbow shrimp) - Reaches 2 inches. They don’t eat
live plants, will eat a little algae. They are reported to eat brush
algae which most critters won't touch.
If you are in the eastern half of the US the shrimp in your back yard
are most likely one of the Palaemonetes sp. (ghost, glass or grass
shrimp). Although they might nibble on some algae they do not eat
enough to make a noticeable difference.
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