Just read this thread.. as I've ordered some Thai fairy shrimp.. and been looking at the Arizona site's red tails as well. Would the consensus be that the Red tails are the easiest ones to manage ?
I have various fish, including some dwarf chain loaches, that I'd much prefer to feed with live food. The response they show to, say, black worm or adult brine shrimp is much more enthusiastic than the one they show for dry foods.
I also keep Bettas in 2.5G tanks without filters or bubblers, instead, they have plenty of plants and a light. The fish are doing fine, testing always shows 0, 0 & <10. About half floaters, frogbit mainly, half a mix of fern, moss, anubias, H. difformis. Anyone think a tank like this would suit keeping the red tails or the Thais ? Temps might be a problem, it's hot here in summer, but they changed the heating system so it's fairly cool in winter now. The tanks in the one room, that I don't have heaters for yet,run around 70 - 74, and I'm debating whether I need to put heaters in or not. Before the change, it was always about 90F, and I ran fans all winter instead.. so still trying to figure out if the fish will be all right without additional heat or not. The shrimp sure don't mind the temps.
I am actually hoping the fairy shrimp eggs will also contain other critters. I'd love to get some more Ostracods, and would not mind other things such as cyclops or rotifers, etc, they all make great fish food. I had Ostracods for some time but they didn't breed well, and I might not have been keeping them in the right conditions.. they came from pretty stagnant pots of Lotus plants, and I had a sponge filter going in their tank, and only a few duckweeds for plants. They might have preferred still water, like the fairy shrimp seem to. Haven't been able to find a source for Ostracods on their own, unfortunately.
And I also have a bunch of moina eggs coming, which I hope to be able to keep going well enough to use as live food. I'm a big believer in living foods, and two of my four Bettas are seriously picky, often they refuse anything that's not alive. Frozen BBS are taken, sometimes they'll eat frozen bloodworm but mostly, they want it wiggling before they try it. Hence the fairy shrimp.
I'm not very keen on trying brine shrimps, don't really want to deal with the salt water at this point, though I may later. Currently also trying to get a colony of scuds established for feeding, the one Betta is a dead keen scud hunter, he actually killed off all the scuds in his tank, he's got a 5G to himself and some snails. He wiped out the scuds in a week or so of enthusiastic hunting. He seems to prefer bottom feeding, odd fishie that he is, often ignoring fruit flies or other insects I put on the surface that the others take pretty eagerly.
Anyway, just wondering if setting up another small tank like I have for the Bettas is likely to work with the red tail or Thai fairy shrimps.. Feeding them shouldn't be too hard, I've fed moinia before with yeast, and normally have cultured green water on hand too, which I feed to larvae and filter feeding shrimp and clams. If keeping them in green water works, that wouldn't be that hard to arrange.
Last edited by Fishfur; 11-29-2014 at 08:47 PM.