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Old 02-06-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Dwarf Shrimp Tankmates


Does anyone have a link to a comprehensive list of safe tank-mates for dwarf shrimp? All of what I find are forum posted testimonials from owners on particular species they keep themselves, and nothing conclusive or authoritative.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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I'm not sure there is a definitive list. Many people keep small fish with their shrimp with no problem, while other people with the same fish have their fish eat the shrimp. I think everyone agrees that Otocinclus are perfectly safe, and I've never heard of any problems with pygmy corydoras either.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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The only positively safe tank mate that's a fish is the Oto.

Other than that, experiences will vary. There is nothing conclusive, unfortunately.

Example: I keep both Corydoras habrosus and Corydoras pygmaeus with shrimp. In some tanks, they don't bother so much as the youngest shrimplet. In others, they attempt to feed on adult shrimp.
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The only positively safe tank mate that's a fish is the Oto.

Other than that, experiences will vary. There is nothing conclusive, unfortunately.

Example: I keep both Corydoras habrosus and Corydoras pygmaeus with shrimp. In some tanks, they don't bother so much as the youngest shrimplet. In others, they attempt to feed on adult shrimp.
Agreed. Like I have 2 different batches of least killiefish, 1 will attack shrimp, the other leave them alone.

Ideally you try to get fish with mouths too small to attack shrimp, but sometimes they just harass shrimp to death by picking at the legs or the antennae.
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Can someone tell me the purpose of keeping otos with shrimp? Outside of just having a fish to look at. Do they eat little bugs like copepods and such?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:51 PM   #6
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Before I started shrimp keeping I saw a video on YouTube of cherries living in peace with Celestial Pearl Danio. I love both critters so set up my hex with them.

I see frequent berried shrimp (there are also some chocolates, Malawa and a few crystals in the tank) but I never see shrimplets, despite the fact that the tank is literally crammed full of guppy grass.

There are some juvenile CPDs, though.

Oh, I forgot to mention that the CPDs are very fat.
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+1 on it being impossible to give a definitive listing.

There are just too many variables. Size of tank, quality/quantity of cover for the shrimp, stocking densities, even feeding schedules. And, even aside from the question of being eaten, shrimp colonies can be depleted from the stress of being hunted--begging the very question of what constitutes 'safe'.
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I think everybody covered this pretty well but I would like to add that a general consensus includes:

-Otos
-Any snail besides Assassin Snails.
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I've seen otocinclus tackle shrimp for sport. Maybe they were cramped and the tank may have been going through OTS... But there was atleast one of them that did not enjoy shrimps company.
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hmm... i just got CPDs for my shrimp. darn... then again my strawberry rasbora are being terrified by my shrimp antena! LOL
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Honestly microrasboras are so tiny they can't even really fit a shrimp in their mouths. (chilli et al)
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:38 AM   #12
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Mine chow down on babies and often go hunting for them in moss thickets.

It's funny watching Boraras species get bulled by adult shrimp, though. I look at it as payback for eating shrimp babies.

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Honestly microrasboras are so tiny they can't even really fit a shrimp in their mouths. (chilli et al)
Like somewhat said they can eat babies and they also can eat legs and harass shrimp to death.
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Assassin snails aren't safe? Good to know. I was just about to go buy one to control my MTS population.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:34 AM   #15
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Instead of adding an Assassin to control your population, you should likely examine what's allowing that population to exist.

How much are you feeding the tank? Is there so much waste or another food source that so many snails are able to exist?
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