View Full Version : What shrimp is more beneficial to the tank blood red or skunk cleaner?

John Hartford
03/09/2006, 10:46 AM
I hear that both are cleaners, but I think that the Scarlet Skunk is more of a cleaner and is more beneficial, do you agree?

03/09/2006, 10:58 AM
My vote is for Lysmata amboinensis.

03/09/2006, 11:22 AM
Skunks definetely do way more cleaning. My blood red's are slackers, never seen them clean a fish yet. But blood red's look way cooler.

03/09/2006, 11:56 AM
Blood red shrimp will not be as active in the daylight hours. Both can become potential problems with corals, although not too often. For color, Lysmata debelius. For activity/cleaning, Lysmata amboinensis.

03/09/2006, 12:37 PM
I would go with the cleaner shrimps. My 2 blood shrimps are completely cave potatoes (lazy) ... all they do is rest all day so that they can go hog wild at the evening feeding time.

03/09/2006, 12:39 PM
Go with both.......


03/09/2006, 12:44 PM
Our blood shrimp stole food from our GBTA. It apparently did enough damage that even though we removed the shrimp, the anemone still died.

03/09/2006, 12:48 PM
i vote for Scarlet Skunk! i have both of them (in separte tanks) and the blood shrimp ONLY hides! The blood shrimp is a cool looking shrimp but if it never comes out, its kinda pointless.

03/09/2006, 12:53 PM
I say the skunks do most of the cleaning, while the fires hang around. I have 2 of both in my tank. The skunks are very active during the day, while the fires hide. I am a fan of both so I house both. Occasionally I will cacth all 4 hanging out together in daylight hours but its rare.

03/09/2006, 12:58 PM
I havent had any problems with any of my shrimp(10) and coral. Whenever I feed my anemones I will feed the shrimp first. Also If any of my shrimp tried taking food from my anemones, they would then become food.

03/09/2006, 01:00 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6917688#post6917688 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Amphiprion
Both can become potential problems with corals, although not too often. .

How is that? Just being curious.

03/10/2006, 07:09 AM
Stealing food from LPS in particular and causing the corals to retract as they as constantly travel across them.....would be my guess.

I have not had 1 die, but to spot feed larger LPS such as brains, you must stand guard or the shrimp will steal the meal.