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Largest "neat" fish you can keep with shrimp?

I'm about 4 months in to my 125 gallon low tech planted tank, and I'm thinking about adding some shrimp. I've got a 6' discus that I know will have to go, but I'd like something bigger than my Congo's to look at. Any suggestions?
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Your best bet is to stick with larger shrimp... such as amanos, vampire or bamboo. Other species are likely to get eaten much quicker. These species might reproduce but the offspring wont survive.


If you have a *heavily* planted tank and you start with shrimp and put in some *small* fish, then you might be able to keep a thriving population of small Neos and fish. Fish in a shrimp tank does mean lower breeding of shrimp.


Shrimp don't do well in a tank that has been treated for copper, although copper from ferts *might* be okay as long as you keep it on the low end. Also, it's good to know the GH, KH and TDS of the tank water so that you know that shrimp will survive in it.
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Royal Pleco or Bristlenose I keep do not bother shrimp.
Shrimp is natural food for most other species.
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Actually even your congo's will eat shrimp, easily and happily... So happily...
Most fish won't mind shrimp snack.
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There's no way young dwarf shrimp would make a go of it in a tank with 3" meat eating fish, their babies are even tinier, less than 3mm long when hatched and they don't tend to actively hide from the predators.
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Unfortunately it's usually best to not add any fish with shrimp. The only mostly safe fish is the otocinclus, although zebra ottos are confirmed shrimp eaters iirc.
If you really want to you can try any fish that's ~1" long (rasboras are a good choice) but even then it's a risk. Danios are infamous shrimp-eaters and tetra will go after shrimp too if they get a taste for them. Best bet is a small, low-tech shrimp tank if you want a good colony.
I have cherry shrimp in my community tank and they're either very good at hiding or they're disappearing.
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Absolutely no fish in shrimp tank except oto, i've tried many small nano species fish and all of them were hunting for baby shrimp
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i've tried many small nano species fish and all of them were hunting for baby shrimp
Unless the fish is strictly vegetarian baby shrimp are on the menu, Even Assassin snails will hunt and eat shrimp.
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I keep a shrimp tank and put the culls in the community tanks. That way if they do breed the offspring get eaten but the adults usually thrive.. but my tanks are usually micro fish.
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I think the most flashy thing you can keep with them is guppies... You do get nice guppies, try American livebearer Assoc.

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Threadfin Rainbow's have tiny mouth's and adult shrimp could be safe, but the tiny shrimplet's would be snack's.
A large school of Threadfin's males/females is something to see with their posturing and posing at breeding time.
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I see a lot of suggestions for a shrimp only tank. Would I be ok with a tank of neons, corys and a pleco and cherries? My plants are growing in, and I have lots of driftwood.
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I see a lot of suggestions for a shrimp only tank. Would I be ok with a tank of neons, corys and a pleco and cherries? My plants are growing in, and I have lots of driftwood.
No idea about the pleco (depends on the type) but the others will be fine if well-fed.

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Ive been readin up on this too.

There are all kinds of mixed opinions on the internet....some say they have good luck with fish A or fish B and then the next person says Fish A n B ate every shrimp in their tank lol.

Frankly....I am surprised shrimp are as popular as they are being they almost demand a species only tank.

I ordered a dozen Orange(cherry shrimp) and theyve been living in a bucket for days because they are so small I am afraid the Rummies in my 125 will munch them and its not planted heavily enough yet for the shrimp to hide. I am going to set up a 40 breeder with the shrimp and my L183s. I think that will work and give me double duty out of that tank. I may also try guppies if/when the shrimp get established.
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I see a lot of suggestions for a shrimp only tank. Would I be ok with a tank of neons, corys and a pleco and cherries? My plants are growing in, and I have lots of driftwood.
Some people will go with pygmy cories, since they are about the size (if not smaller) than an adult shrimp. Some others have tried larger cories though... and if a shrimp were to get beneath their mouth, there's a good chance the shrimp will get sucked up.

A lot of people have BN plecos with shrimp and most people I've seen/heard with BN plecos and shrimp haven't had any issues. Not to say that there aren't... but you never know.

Neons might or might not leave the adults alone. Have heard that neon tetras will gang up on an adult shrimp, so again, your taking your chances.


Just get a good, healthy shrimp population going (start with at least 10-20) and in 6 months or so down the road (once the shrimp have had time to acclimate, breed and reproduce), start introducing fish slowly. This is the best route to go if you want to try a community tank with shrimp.
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