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post #16 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 01:53 AM
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How aggressive are these fish? Would they do well in a community tank? How bout with BGR?
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They're territorial among themselves, and they often chase each other around the tank, some fin nipping occurs. But they're slow swimmers, and very small, I wouldn't put them with rams for fear they'd tease them or eat them. But then, I've never liked nor kept rams.
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So besides other territorial fish they would be a good addition to a community tank?
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So besides other territorial fish they would be a good addition to a community tank?
For the most part, yes. They can be picky eaters, only taking live and frozen foods. If you can ensure they get sufficient food, they are a good community fish with fish of similar size and temperament.

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Security update: Darios are definitely not shrimp safe.

I fed mine in the morning. A couple hours ago I put a bumblebee shrimp in the tank, about 3/4", within a bush of plants, to make sure they didn't see him swimming right out. Watched for about half an hour. Finally one noticed the shrimp, and in their usual way, approached slowly, then stared hovering by, and after a couple minutes, started picking. The shrimp tried to escape, the fish followed, then tore a limb, spit it, chased again, bit the swimmerets, fatal blow. Shredded the shimp and ended with a mouthful. the other 2 joined, one took a bite, the other wasn't interested in the dying body. After that, they didn't scavenge the remains.

These guys are tiny beasts. Shrimp survival will depend on the mood of the fish, cause there's nowhere they can hide from them.
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Thats good to know, i was pondering adding a shrimp species to the tank for algae control. I wonder what types of shrimp can live with them, mine are still small, so for the time being i could probably keep about anything at adults size. Although my species will get larger, that limits me more to what i can keep in the long run.

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I wonder what types of shrimp can live with them, .
Fan shrimp!
The ones I have are doing really well. I saw the female yesterday grabbing some bloodworms. I think I figured out the problem in the tank I kept them in as new babies. Lack of O2. I have started running an airstone in a few of my tanks at night. And in the tank they are presently in, I am running one 24/7.
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I keep my D. dario's with Red Cherries, they tried to catch them in the beginning, but the dario's have given up on the adult shrimps now.
Even though RCS are fast breeders, I see no shrimplets, just berried female shrimp, so the dario's are still picking off shrimplets.
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Fan shrimp are cool, but a little impractical for my application as i want algae eaters and a smaller variety than that of Fans. Wood shrimp would be a likely candidate, although i don't know of their algae eating issues.

I have thought about amanos, as it wouldn't matter if they were berried or not, the shrimplets wouldn't survive. Seems like a win-win with Amanos.

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Amanos might be the best choice, they get larger, and are also more fond of scavenging, good if there's any uneaten brine shrimp dead among the plants.
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Some of my Dario's & fry
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Awesome..love the last one with them peeking through the moss.
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Fry! that's great.

Yours look mature, the male in the second picture shows seems to be full grown. How long have you had them?
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Fry! that's great.

Yours look mature, the male in the second picture shows seems to be full grown. How long have you had them?
A few months (4-5?, don't know exactly anymore), bought as a group of 6 very small juveniles. One died lately, after being almost white for a month or two.
Some of them are still very small, see picture.
In the bigger (left 54L) tank they are full grown with fry, I keep them there with RCS, Galaxies and Sewellia's
In the (right 17L) tank they're still small, I keep them there with 1m/2f Lyretails (Kape Lopez Killifish)
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Nice couple of tanks.
So, did they spawn in your tank, or are you calling the smallest ones fry?

They don't seem to care about the shrimp in the last two pictures. Mine would rip them. I guess I'm not feeding frequently enough, what's your schedule?
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