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Old 02-19-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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opinions on fish for shrimp


I realize there are many fish which are not safe with shrimp and that there is no 100% safe fish but I was just curious about these nano fish.

Chili Rasbora
Exclamation Point Rasbora
Blue Neon Dwarf Rasbora (Sundanio axelrodi "blue")

Does anyone think any of these would be ok?
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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good rule of thumb if it will fit in the mouth it will be food. if you are really set on having fish and shrimp i would stick with neo's. they take all kinds of water parameters and are fairly cheap now and also come in alot of colors. its best to start with the shrimp first and get a good colony going. even if a shrimp is to big to fit in a fishes mouth some times they will rip them up and eat them and will almost always eat baby shrimp. only way to keep up a good shrimp population is to have it going good first so if you lose some babies they wont be missed
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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ottos works
but i agree with the person above. if it fits it will be gone
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: opinions on fish for shrimp

I saw some Red Arc Pencil fish yesterday. Drooled and walked away. Wouldn't want them to eat my bugs, no matter how attractive they were.

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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pygmy cories should work
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:54 PM   #6
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I have pygmy cories. Great fish. Have not seen any decline in shrimp population. I was just hoping for a little more movement at the top of the tank. I had really high hopes for the blue neon dwarf rasbora. They only get 3/4 of an inch.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #7
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The rule of "if it fits in its mouth, it will eat it" doesn't cover it all. Many fish that can't outright eat a shrimp will peck it and eat its legs and generally harass it to death.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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I think you're fine with any or all of the fish on your list. They're tiny and won't bother your shrimp. That said, your success will depend on what kind of shrimp you're keeping and how planted your tank is.

If you're keeping super expensive shrimp for selective breeding purposes and would be upset if even one shrimp baby gets eaten, stick to ottos.

The key to keeping fish with shrimp is lots of plant mass and LOTS of moss for baby shrimp to hide in. I've had a thriving shrimp colony with phoenix rasboras, which are similar to the fish on your list. They're tiny and have no interest in the shrimp at all. I also keep green neons and threadfin rainbows in another tank with tons of moss and the shrimp have taken over the tank. Both of these tanks have neos and they can outbreed just about any fish. I keep them with bettas too. They still breed. My bettas don't bother the adults at all.

Hope that helps.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:29 PM   #9
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what type of shrimp do you have?
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:33 PM   #10
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Red rili. Nothing too crazy
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:45 PM   #11
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Chili Rasbora
Exclamation Point Rasbora
Blue Neon Dwarf Rasbora (Sundanio axelrodi "blue")

I've kept chili and exclamation with my shrimp. They don't dent the adult population....but I haven't seen babies in a while nor do I see juvies.....so I think the fish are eating the babies
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:17 PM   #12
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My cpd's stay in the upper regions of the tank and happily live with my cherries. I woudlnt say they would never eat a shrimp baby but they are pretty and sort of fit the bill
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:10 PM   #13
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Nano fish will attack shrimp egg, and some nano fish are aggressive they will attack shrimp legs.

RCS is the cheapest of all shrimp so if you really want fishes, then go for it but remember your population will suffer, without enough plant you won't even see any increase in your shrimp population.

My local fish store that are expert in shrimp and planted tank they all advice me to never get any fishes when I see new nano fish in stock. They also keep all their shrimp in shrimp-tank-only.

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:19 PM   #14
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Blue Neons seem to be safe... Although I've noticed shorter antennas on my shrimp D:
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #15
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Blue Neons seem to be safe... Although I've noticed shorter antennas on my shrimp D:
Lol that's terrible. Shrimp antennas are the most amazing and important limb of their body.
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