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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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need some help

someone gave me a 150 gal. tank. 24 fish. have had it for 2 weeks. beautiful, clear & all fish are coexisting. 7 angel fish, 4 cichlids, 5 rainbow red tail shark etc.....etc.... want to introduce some shrimp. the angels stay in the plant area & don't seem aggressive at all. do you think the shrimp will survive? I know you all have answered the survival rate question before, but wanted to interject the idea that they seem to live peacefully with other smaller fish with no problem. am I naive? thanks!
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If the angels don't eat the shrimp (which they totally will) then the cichlids and shark will. I had a group of emerald dwarf rasboras take out a thriving colony of cherry shrimp once because I really wanted it to work out. It did not

Certain larger species like bamboo, waterfall, or full grown 2" Amano shrimp would have the best chance, but still will prob get eaten by somebody in there when they molt and have soft bodies. Those are semi-aggressive fish by nature. Even peaceful fish eat shrimp

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I'd say that they'd prolly be doomed.

Having 'said' that, I have a couple of medium sized angels along with a bunch of live bearers.
When fry are first born, the angels hunt them for SNACKS...but to my amazement, after a couple of days, the fry swim freely and the angels just seem to ignore them....believe it or not!
So there can be exceptions to every rule.

Perhaps you add a couple of shrimp and don't be too surprised if/when they come up missing???

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Shrimp, as cool as they are, are sadly at the very bottom of the food chain after vegetation. Even some whales live on a shrimp diet (well, krill). I very much doubt it would work. Why not just buy a 5 gallon tank for them?
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