Peppermint shrimp and hawkfish?

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    I'm wanting to buy some peppermint shrimp (5-6) to kill off the aiptasia I can't reach to kill on my own. I've treated my entire tank twice now but those bastards just repopulate from the few I cant reach.
    I have a falco hawkfish and am worried about the peppermint shrimp being an expensive meal. I have a blood red shrimp that's been fine for a couple months now, but it is about the same size as the hawk.
    Will my hawkfish (Hank) eat/kill the peppermints?
     
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    The hawkfish are known for eating shrimp, but every fish is different. I had a falco hawkfish and just traded him because I wanted to get some shrimp as well. I didnt want to give him an expensive meal either. The peppermint shrimp are also hit or miss with eating aptasia from what I have read too. Decisions, decisions.... Either way, Good luck.
     
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    Maybe it'll come down to how big the shrimp are at the store. If they're near the size of my blood red shrimp I'll give them a go
     
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    Thats probably what I would do. Try to get the biggest ones they have and hope for the best. The size of your tank might give them a better chance too.
     
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    I think its more that the blood shrimp and cleaner shrimp have white antenna, which is what signals to fish that they are potential cleaners. I had the same issue in my tank. I had a Melanurus wrasse that was ruthlessly efficient at finding any peppermints I tried keeping in the tank, but it was totally fine with cleaners and blood shrimp
     
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    If you do still want to try the peppermints, I would put them in the tank after the lights have been out for awhile, and put them directly on the rocks
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Peppermints won't get as big as a fire shrimp. They stay pretty small, unfortunately.
     
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    I went to the closest store and they only had really small peppermints so I passed. I'm going to a different store on Friday that sells 5 for $25. They get their shipments on friday morning and open to the public at 2pm. Hopefully they'll be some big ones for me to get if I'm the first one in.
     
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    What size are you looking for?
     
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    Bigger then an inch.
     
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    Kelz88 Got Reef?

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    My falco hawkfish ate the biggest pep I had. Boyfriend didnt believe me that they love shrimp, and put him in that tank. He was gone in about 30 seconds with the lights off.
     
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    lol.

    I had some live for a while with my falco hawk, but not too long XP

    They have a chance if they get up in the rocks in the dark.
     
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