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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Shrimp & Betta?

Found a cheap Craigslist 5 gal for my Betta and have spent the last couple weeks gathering and ordering ingredients to get it ready for him. I know he'll love it but the problem is- now that I see it all planted I would really like to see shrimp in there... happy shrimp. Not necessarily breeding, but at least content. Is this possible? I feel like he'll always be going after them and the little cuties will be hiding the whole time.

I added more floating plants after these pics were taken, and now I'm worried about everyone planted in the back, it doesn't seem like they have enough light. Also, there's soil down there; should I still put in some root tabs for the crypts? Any advice is greatly appreciated because I've never set up my own tank before, much less with dirt.

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Possible, no. Not to have happy shrimp. They will hide and be stressed at the constant threat presented by your beta...unless you get very lucky and find that you have a chill beta, but that's not likely. With all the hiding places it's possible to keep some shrimp in that tank and they may survive, but like I said, it's not likely you'll be able to really enjoy them since you won't see them often unless it's in the mouth of you beta.

Personally, I'd get another setup for the fish, because honestly, that setup does look awesome for keeping some nice PFR shrimp. That's what I'd do personally.

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Possible, no. Not to have happy shrimp. They will hide and be stressed at the constant threat presented by your beta...unless you get very lucky and find that you have a chill beta, but that's not likely. With all the hiding places it's possible to keep some shrimp in that tank and they may survive, but like I said, it's not likely you'll be able to really enjoy them since you won't see them often unless it's in the mouth of you beta.

Personally, I'd get another setup for the fish, because honestly, that setup does look awesome for keeping some nice PFR shrimp. That's what I'd do personally.
I agree with this. I've tried testing if my betta or my sister's betta was "chill" by putting some juvenile cull fire reds into the tank... 5 seconds later. Happy and full bettas. It's pick one or another. You can possibly get away with the two, if you provide a lot of cover.

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its natural for a betta fish to eat shrimp. its not safe. i thought it was as well. but i found out the hard way haha
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Absolutely not IMO - my betta is in a 55 gal. and he hunts 24/7. If your tank was larger, I would suggest that if you want to get an invertibrate for the tank, you try a couple dwarf CPOs. They are two to three times longer than a shrimp. I have three in the tank with the betta and 30 neon tetras and they are living peacefully together. At first, the betta got too close to one of the CPOs and the CPO latched onto the betta's tail and went for a fast ride around the tank. No one was injured after close inspection. But, since that time, the betta now knows to not lurk/hunt over the CPOs and everyone gets along fine. Of course, this is a 55 gal. in comparison to your 5 gal. so I believe it would be a problem for the betta to manuever around and not get near the CPO.
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Suspected as much guys, thank you for the input. I feel like I read that Amanos would be ok, being bigger... but even though they may not get eaten, they'd probably still be stressed and hiding. So I may as well just get some happy little shrimp and let them make shrimplets in peace. Rilis maybe?

This is a semi-walstad I guess; I'll probably end up taking the filter media out in a couple weeks. It seems like she says stocking it right away is not a problem, but I prefer to wait since I'm new at this. The soil gives off ammonia I read and also there are snails for cycling. Wish me luck!

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Yeah, I wish we had room for a larger tank! Hence getting a Betta... then reading up and finding that they'd do so much better NOT in a bowl. He's in a 1.5 gal bubble that hangs on the wall, great for space saving of course. Actually he has seems really happy in there the last month, always bubble nesting.

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