Adding new tropical fish to aquarium

Adding Peppermint Shrimp to a Saltwater Aquarium

A couple of days ago at Aquarium Tip Tank I wrote about using the Doradon Aquarium Acclimation System to acclimate all new livestock to the water conditions of your tropical fish tank. What I didn’t tell you is that I first used the system to acclimate 3 Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni)! These were the first of the cleaner crew, and the first of any livestock that I added to my 30 gallon saltwater tank. Today I will share some pictures and some aquarium tips for adding Peppermint Shrimp to a saltwater aquarium!

I have to admit, I had originally planned on adding a much larger cleaner crew to my tank. Unfortunately, when I asked my Local Fish Store (LFS) about a cleaner crew, the aquarium salesman said, “Well, we just took down our cleaner crew tanks and we’re about to start setting them back up. So, we probably won’t have much as far as cleaner crew goes for about 4 weeks.” My thoughts were, “Great. I’ve been cycling my tank for 4.5 weeks. got some diatoms blooming, and some algae starting to grow all over the live rock, live sand, and walls of my tank. Do they have anything in here that might eat some of that and help clear my tank up a little bit?”

Luckily, the LFS at least had some Peppermint Shrimp. While the Peppermint Shrimp is best known for enjoying a meal of nuisance Aiptasia, it will also scavenge the aquarium picking at the live rock and live sand for detritus, uneaten food, other nuisance algae, and decomposing organic material. Peppermint Shrimp have also been successfully tank bred.


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Fishy help

by Manxa

Right off the bat: most catfish for sale at fish stores are tropical (warm water) fish, and goldfish are cool water fish. So there's already a temperature conflict going on.
How big is your tank? It sounds to me like maybe the tank is overloaded--ie, too many fish and the water is getting poisoned with fish waste. Goldfish are very messy fish and need big tanks to keep good water quality. Sometimes even adding just one fish can push an already overloaded system past its limit.
The white spots are probably the fish disease ich, which usually manifests itself when fish are stressed (ie, overcrowded tank

What size tank?

by simp1icity

It wasn't this one, was it? This is the only Little Mermaid tank I've seen. 1.5 gallons is not really big enough for any fish in my opinion, especially for new and inexperienced fish keepers, including excited small children likely to overfeed which will poison the water. A bigger tank will help keep water conditions stable and healthier. I don't see any mention of a heater. Most fish are tropical and require one. A single betta (2 males will fight and it's definately too small for 2 females, who would be likely to pick at each other in such a small space) might survive for a while, but they're tropical and should have a heater and will be much more active in a tank 5 gallons or bigger

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