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    Hello,

    I've had a 10-gallon tank with about 6 red cherry shrimp in now for a little over a month.I am starting to develop two types of alage on the back that the shrimp do not appear to be eatting. Is there any animal that can help control this that will not hurt my shrimp or any potential babies( I know I can scrub it)?

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    You can add some nerite snails or Mystery snails to help keep the algae down. They are completely safe with cherry shrimp and their babies. Good luck!
    It's better to have and not need then to need and not have; this is especially true when you're dealing with fish and you need itch medication.

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    ^^Yep!
    Nerite snails will even eat green spot algae which other fish cannot rasp off the glass. The only downside to be aware of is if you get a female nerite, she will lay little tough eggs (look like white spots) on glass or wood, but they won't hatch in freshwater and they really don't bother me personally.
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    Thank you, I will look into those! I also noticed tonight I think I have my first pregnant shrimp. She is huge.

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    Keep in mind that it is more effective to address the cause of the algae as opposed to stocking critters to eat it. Snails do eat algae and eat a lot of it, but they won't clean your tank. You'll still have that algae on your glass, just with a bazillion rasping marks tracked through it. You still need to scrape the glass.

    What is your water change, maintenance, and photoperiod like? Almost all algae issues can be minimized by increasing the size and frequency of your water changes, followed by decreasing photoperiod if longer than 8hrs/day.

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    Bluewaterboof is 100% correct.

    If you still would like algae eaters, you could look at getting a trio of otocinclus catfish instead of invertebrates.

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    Congrats on the berried shrimp. You'll be able to see her kicking her under carriage to tumble the shrimplets later if she is berried. She's a pretty girl, they look like mini cooked lobsters.
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    Cleaning the tank is the aquarist's responsibility and there are lots of ways to control it including selecting the correct foods for your shrimp to prevent indigestible products from contaminating the tank and degrading water conditions.

    But in my well kept 120g, I was still getting diatoms. I believe it's a problem with silicates in my tap water. I had 10 nerite snails in there and they kept my plant leaves and tank almost spotless. Definitely helped me out at maintenance time, but you'll still need to clean the glass most probably. I do expect them to make a huge difference in a small tank though, I love the look of nerites and they carry a small bioload.
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    I do about 25%/week water change...or 50% every other week if I don't have time to do it weekly.

    My shrimp has been shaking its tail...I just want babies, though the berried one has been hiding all day vs non-stop swimming last night (I hope that means it's close).

    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    ^^Yep!
    Nerite snails will even eat green spot algae which other fish cannot rasp off the glass. The only downside to be aware of is if you get a female nerite, she will lay little tough eggs (look like white spots) on glass or wood, but they won't hatch in freshwater and they really don't bother me personally.
    great tip on the Nerite snails. I did not realize the eggs would not hatch in fresh water. they are indeed a busy snail plus they come in many attractive varieties.
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