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I am thinking of starting up a few newt tanks and would like to seed them with freshwater shrimp but I was wondering what shrimp eat plant matter and algae. I know cherries do but I was wondering if there were others that can thrive or at least breed within caudate parameters. And where can I find these available?
 

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I've found the best algae eaters by a mile are Japonica shrimp, they will even eat thread algae/blanketweed. Unfortunately they aren't very easy to breed as they need brackish water to complete their life cycle. They do seem long lived though, and are much better at staying off the newt's menu than Cherry shrimp.
 

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Where do you go about purchasing that species?
 

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Ghost shrimp will live with caudatas until they are eaten. They handle the cold just fine.
 

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Where do you go about purchasing that species?
The shrimp Chinadog mentioned is more commonly called amano shrimp and is sold online (even amazon) or in most pet stores I've seen. They have a reputation for being the best algae controllers among shrimp.
 

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Amano shrimp! They get about 3x the size of a full grown cherry and they eat all the gross stuff. They're also clear so my axolotls don't notice them as fast as cherries, they're also cheaper than cherries here.
 

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Ghost shrimp or glass shrimp are cheap. They only cost 50 cents to a dollar each. They do a great job with algae.
 

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I'll have to get some amano shrimp. I've had cherries and ghost shrimp in the past but ghost shrimp have never bred in my care. I think I will go with all three. They are all enjoyable species to have in an aquarium.
 

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I'll have to get some amano shrimp. I've had cherries and ghost shrimp in the past but ghost shrimp have never bred in my care. I think I will go with all three. They are all enjoyable species to have in an aquarium.
There are no shrimp to my knowledge that will readily breed in sub-70 degree waters. Most prefer to be in the high 70's or even up to 80 degrees to breed.
 

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I ordered Amanos from Invert Obsession thru Amazon. Highly recommend this seller! They sent many extras, and sent nice specimens. I put them into my Discus tank where they are thriving.
 
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