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  1. Gdbyrd

    Gdbyrd life's a beach

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    I've got approximately 1,236,231 of these little guys in my aquarium. That's my latest count anyway, there's probably double that now.

    What do I do to get rid of them aside from manually picking them off the glass myself? I haven't noticed any damage to anything, but they're thick in the tank. Worried they're going to overrun things.

    Harlequin shrimp time?
     
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    Harlequin shrimp will do it. But, once they go through them all you'll either need to rehome them or buy feeder starfish for them.
     
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    How quickly will they devour everything? It seems like it'd be a never ending feast. Gonna have to order one too, sucks nothing is local here.
     
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    I dunno about that, you could ask Dana, he added one to his tank to clear then out.
     
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    That's OK. I'll cross that bridge when I get there. Thank you for the advice.
     
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    Yeah, I'd vote to get the shrimp also. It'll be fascinating to watch it take the stars out.
     
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    Hell, just remembered. I have a snowflake eel. In the past, shrimp of any kind have been an expensive meal for him. Any suggestions?
     
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    With the snowflake your SOL. I just got a harlequin for the same reason. I've had them before. can't get rid of these damn stars.
     
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    :*( Will they do any long term damage? Will they level off or will they continue to reproduce?
     
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    They can definately do damage but those little bastard starfish keep coming back. If a little micro piece breaks off while you take one out of the tank another one will grow. atleast thats how it seems. If you get one try to get a real big one. I used to have one that was about 2.5". he was a monster. Now I can't find them bigger than 1".
     
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    Guess I'm gonna have to start scooping them off the glass at night. They're thick after the lights go out. Glad my wife reminded me about the eel. I bought 4 peppermint shrimp and they were all gone in about an hour. I guess we try to forget our bad experiences with the hobby.
     
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    I had an infestation of several 100's of those little PITA stars. Some got pretty large and started causing damage. I added a harley about a month ago and the population is about half of what it was. Really cool shrimp. I got a few pics and vids I can post later.
     
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