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Old 05-11-2013, 04:17 AM   #16
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Well.. What you've said is true. But all shrimp are at the bottom of the food chain.

They aren't the same, but they both share the same predatory instincts: puffers will take on shrimp much larger, kill them slowly, eat some and kill another.

Some bettas are exactly the same. Male and female.

They're definitely made to be predatory, if only for bugs above the water. Just look at the strength of their jaws. If you sized a betta up, it would have stronger jaws than great white sharks.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:18 AM   #17
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Then before you try a $10 shrimp. Try some cheap feeder glass shrimp. It will give you a good idea of how shrimp will fare in your tank.
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Ok I'll try larger but cheaper shrimp when I get the bettas in to see how they do. Thanks, everyone, for all the input.
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I think the key is research, you can never know too much about your setup or fish, inverts and without that knowledge that learning curve is a bitch!
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is there a rule on tank size?
i want one bamboo shrimp. i have 8gal tank, set up driftwood at current.
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is there a rule on tank size?
i want one bamboo shrimp. i have 8gal tank, set up driftwood at current.
8 gal could work.. How long has it been set up?

Usually I see 12+ recommended.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #22
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As long as you feed them it should be fine. I problem is with a tank that small is that it's hard to target feed without affecting water quality negatively.
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it is year+ but recently i changed filter to create more current and rescaped. guess i'll wait a bit and then give it a go. amanos seems happy with me and i hope bamboo will be too.
as for tank parameters i measure amonia if i disturb substrate or filter and nitrates phospates casualy for plant health
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My solo bamboo shrimp does great. I never test (ever) and I only do water change once per month in a 54g tank. The trick to bamboo shrimp, in my observation, is simply to run your tank ever so 'dirty' and have tons of biological activity in there. My tank is quite crowded with fish, plants, worms, loaches, neo shrimp, different kinds of snails, etc. I run the lights a lot and there is always a bit of algae growing on the wood. I make sure there a few decomposing leaves spread around. I slightly overfeed the tank 3 weeks per month, then let the tank starve for the last week of each month, before teh water change.

the bamboo shrimp is always out fanning, and it looks incredibly healthy. When I see it picking at the substrate, I can tell that the tank is 'hungry' and that the shrimp/snails have cleaned the tank up well.
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So if I were to grow myself some green water what kind of feeding schedule would I be looking at for 3 bamboo shrimp? Whenever theyre not filtering? How much at once?
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