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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-26-2012, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Tank mates for shrimp?

Other than different species of shrimp are there any fish I could add to my 10 gallon that are too small to affect the shrimp? I have a single cherry in my 10 gallon community (soon to become shrimp colony) and he is completely nocturnal and is even showing camouflaged colors.
Its actually funny because 10 minutes after the lights turn off he is always out grazing but when lights are on he hides in a 1" deep cave he somehow dug under a rock. I don't know how he moved the gravel lol.
But are there any fish that will not bother shrimp at all? I know with most fish shrimp will hide and be less colorful but any success with certain fish?

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If it can fit in the mouth of a fish, consider it a snack for the fish. That includes most, if not all, types of fish. Even Chili Rasboras.

Otos may be the only really safe option.
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What about Endlers? Can they be kept with shrimp?
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What about Endlers? Can they be kept with shrimp?
At least your endlers will live happily. If your tank is heavily planted and you don't mind shrimplets being eaten then yes, they will also wolf pack harass adult shrimps sometimes.
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I forgot what they were called but at the LFS they had fish that were about the size of a fully grown shrimp. IDK if those were babies though.
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Adult shrimp should be okay, but babies will certainly be eaten by any sized nano fish. If you have a large enough shrimp population, with plenty of plant coverage, your shrimp population should continue to grow despite predation of baby shrimp by the fish.

My cherry shrimp population is still growing (though slowly) with more than 30 small fish in an 18 gallon tank.
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Depends on the fish. The actual fish you have. I have 7 CPDs in a 2.5 gallon temporarily, with only baby shrimp, and they swim right past their faces. Haven't even seen them go after them. These are adult fish, baby shrimp.

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I have a mass of Brigittae and a handful of kuhli loaches with my CRS and have yet notice any predation.

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As others have said ottos are only 100% shrimp safe fish. Even mosquito rasboras will eat babies, but that's about it.

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Isn't there like 10 threads about this already? I'm tired answering the same question.
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it is repetitive...

well to add to the new repeating thread I have since added about 20 more boraras brigittae to my colony of them which are in with my CRS.

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it is repetitive...

well to add to the new repeating thread I have since added about 20 more boraras brigittae to my colony of them which are in with my CRS.
You have a huge colonies, even if the fish eat shrimplets you wouldn't know. You're not watching them 24/7. But having a huge colonies + plants is a plus. I care too much for every single shrimplets so I'm not going to let any fishes live in my shrimp tank.
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I have decent size colonies of shrimp with no plants or actually hardly any plant and what little plants I do have the fish stay in there.

I watch my tank many hours a day as I am fascinated by it but have yet to catch any of them go after my shrimplets. I have had many with unique markings as tiny shrimplet and all have made it to juvi/sub-adult size.


No arguing with you that they might have picked off a few here an there but I'm far from having a colony of shrimp that it would go unnoticed.

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I think if a shrimplets dares swim in front of a mosquito rasboras it'll be lunch. They try to eat he floating shrimp poo in my tanks that are roughly the size of baby shrimp

And let new users post without searching first :P

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It'd be acceptable to link back to some of those other threads in responding, I think.

But this question comes up from new forum members and those new to shrimp. So it's important to make sure people receive accurate and kind responses.

I get tired of posting the same response. Doesn't mean I shouldn't post it, though, because the information is going to help someone make a decision about what's right for them.

I'm personally grateful for all of the plant nerds (this is said in adoration) here on the forum who answer my repetitive questions about things like fertilization and lighting. And even the occasional fish question, despite me having been at this hobby for most of my life.

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Isn't there like 10 threads about this already? I'm tired answering the same question.
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