Can angelfish live with shrimp and bristlenose plecos? - The Planted Tank Forum
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Can angelfish live with shrimp and bristlenose plecos?

Hi, I've been asking this one specific question. Can angelfish live with shrimp and bristlenose plecos? I'd be thankful for any information!
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Bristlenose plecos they can live with no problem. Shrimp they will most definitely eat. I guess maybe full size Amano shrimp might be OK with small angels but I don't know for sure if they would be safe once the angels reach adulthood. I sort of doubt it but I don't have any experience keeping them together.They have deceptively large mouths and would probably view all crustaceans (and possibly small fish) as food.

As a general rule cichlids and shrimp do not mix well together.
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Angelfish will eat any shrimp that will fit in their mouths, as will most any fish without a sucker mouth. The problem is that angels, for as small as their mouths appear, grow quite large and those mouths open wider than you might expect. Larger shrimp like Amanos might work but cherry shrimp and such are going to be on the menu at some point. Bristlenose will be fine with either shrimp or angels.

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RIGHT? We basically said the same thing too!
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I've had amanos with similar sized fish, but they ended up being huge shrimp. Common fancy shrimp like cherries and such will become food more than likely. Plecos are alright from my experience. I had a couple albinos with a cherry shrimp colony and the colony continued to grow in size.


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Thank you all for the information!

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