Cleaner Shrimp & Zoanthids

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by A_Lee, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    I noticed my two cleaner shrimp have made a habit of lounging on my rock is zoanthids. Not picking at anything ... just hanging out on top of them. They seem to be on the zoanthids all the time -I am growing concerned as the zoanthids close, and remain closed as long as the shrimp are there. Has anyone had this happen to them? I'd hate to evict the shrimp, but I will if need be.
  2. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    yes mine used to do that a lot. had to use long sticks to constantly scare them off the colonies...but they only picked at the acans/lobos and anemones stealing food sticking their whole arms inside the LPS/Nems.
  3. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    I've been chasing them off with a baster, but that isn't a viable long term solution, yanno? Did your zoanthids show any signs of detriment when the cleaners were on them all of the time? My fear is that if the zoanthids continue to remain closed when the shrimp are on them, the zoanthids may slowly die from lack of light.
  4. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Long term solution hmmm, new home? but if you get four more shrimp you might as well buy some cocktail sauce !!
  5. Erick

    Erick Guest

    My experience has been the Dias get used to it and start opening after awhile. I'm sure it depends on the type though, some are hardier than others.
  6. BigMac

    BigMac Guest

    Does your cleaner have a place to hange upside down?
    I noticed mine prefer to hang upside down rather than rightside up.
    I only see them rightside up when feeding time comes around.
  7. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    My rock work in the tank is very low key. I only have about five pounds of rock in this tank, so there are not overhanging arches or anything.
    I do share your observations about many shrimps liking to lounge around upside down though.
  8. Gonzo

    Gonzo Guest

    +1 on hanging upside down

    Mine only come "topside" when they're hungry or looking for food. I'd say build a small overhang for them and see if that helps. If not, do what Mario said and get some cocktail sauce ;)
  9. BigMac

    BigMac Guest

    My wife wants coctail sauce anyway,,, mine are getting BIG.
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    +1 on upside down as well.
    Mine like hanging out up near the very top of the tank, on the bottom of the overflow.
    Upside down + able to see the whole tank + a nice visible cleaning station.
    I think that is why an overhang, instead of a hole, works.

    But even then, they do tend to stomp on my zoas occasionally.
  11. FunGuy

    FunGuy Guest

    I was planning on getting a pair of cleaner shrimp. Was worried more about LPS getting picked at than the zoas. I think the zoas will be hearty enough, but if something is always on them, they'll never open up.
  12. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Just give them an over hang to chill on upside down on.
  13. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Mine never really pick the corals.
    They stomp on things, and often steal food out of the corals during dinner time.
    But never any actual damage to coral.

    Note : They are close to the top on my favorite livestock list.
    Fun to watch. Very colorful.
    And they can really tickle when you have your hand in arranging rocks or something,
    and they decide to clean your hand.
  14. h20player101

    h20player101 Guest

    +1 To the tickle! It feels so good.
  15. BigMac

    BigMac Guest

    I like to show people that when they are looking at my tank.

    They are great!

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