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Old 06-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Will a colony of random shrimps survive in here?


I have a 65 gallon tank that's going to have a decent number of plants, and I was wondering if I could get a shrimp colony established. I don't care what kind, maybe some sort of cherry relative, nothing fancy of course. The tank will have:
3 female bettas
1 gold gourami
5 misc cories
1 twig catfish
1 rubberlip pleco
2 sun nerite snails

Also, I'm going to have a bunch of small schooling fish, although I don't know exactly how many. It'll be:
A decent school of pygmy cories
A decent number of pencilfish
A decent amount of neon tetras

Think some shrimp will multiply in here? I don't care what kind, just as long as they won't eat my others and they're fairly active.

Also, anyone know where I can get shrimp cheap? Even muddy brown mutt ones. I'm just interested in shrimp, I don't care what they look like, I even like the muddy ones. Anyone have some mutts for sale?
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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i think you will need lots and lots of hiding places, plants, ... otherwise the bigger shrimps will survive, dont think they will breed and have offspring
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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well with 3 betta and one gourami, you'll never see your shrimp - they'll always be in hiding, if they survive. the only thing i can think of that can combat that is a freaking swarm of cheap ghost shrimp, or an army of really pissed off giant amano. but don't expect to see some peaceful grazing of a few colorful neos or bee shrimp out and about!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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a group of amano shrimps will be fine, but beside it's adult size because baby size will most likely food to them.
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Alright... I have a few ghost shrimp, but they always stay behind this waterfall thing I have in there. They aren't hiding from the fish, though, the fish go back there... Do they just not want to be seen?
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:52 AM   #6
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My female bettas relentlessly hunt down and nom shrimp.
I've tried sseveral times.
The rcs end up an expensive snack for the ladies.

I've got a ten gallon all set up for just shrimp now, but sadly have no shrimp yet. Lol
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:20 AM   #7
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I just recently did a massive trim in my community tank, neons, glolight, serpae tetra, zebra danilo, otos, loaches, cories, and dwarf goruami, Very next day I seen 2 male, and 1 berried female RCS. Before the trim I hadn't seen any for months. Can they survive? Yes. Will they be out in the open and active? Probably not. Is it possible that your fish will hunt down and eat every single last one? Yep lol.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:37 AM   #8
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the tank at aqua forest aquarium is densly planted with 4 chocolate gourami and a few other fish, maybe tetras. they have a colony of cherry shrimp in there. but its densely planted so the fish can't even swim in some parts of the tank which is where im guessing the shrimp hide. so it might be possible, you'd just have to have enough plants and then multiply that by 2
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"army of really pissed off giant amano"
haha this made my day
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I found some cheap ones at a store near me, and now there's six of them scrambling around in there. There used to be seven, but my dwarf frog gomped one up. I don't think he'll do that again... I'd been not feeding the tank for a couple of days for various reasons. I'm gonna keep little froggy all fed up.
Two of the shrimp were berried... I hope he didn't eat one of those.
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