|Re: Shrimp and Debris clean up|
Subject: Re: Shrimp and Debris clean up
by Melody on 2009/12/18 22:19:54
I think that idea comes from the fact that some shrimp are filter feeders and/or eat detritus. Filter feeders can be referred to as a bio-filter and many view detritus as feces, further confusing the matter.
Different shrimp eat different things, but they're utilized most in the janitorial department as algae eaters. Filter feeders are a great little helper in the big picture, but they should be provided with a very good current so they can feed properly.
There is no actual need to get Shrimp for a functional aquatic system. If you dont' like them, don't force yourself to purchase them. They don't do a whole lot for me either, but my Son likes them so we have some.
Although there are creatures that help us keep an aquarium clean and neat, none will exempt us entirely from proper maintenance. Any animal will produce it's own waste as well.