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How long would shrimp last in a cichlid tank?

I know I know. So here's the story. I have a shrimp only tank that I had ghost shrimp in to "test the water" for about a month before buying RCA's. Okay I was really impatient and wanted shrimp NOW. So now that I have these beautiful RCA's I dont really "want" the ghost shrimp. I have texas holey rock in my cichlid tank with lots of very small holes that the fish have no chance in heck of fitting into. Also have some plants in the tank as well. If I were to drop these guys in there when the lights are out, what chance would they have of living and for how long?

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Not for long! my rams used to feast on my shrimp in a densely planted tank. They cleared over 40 shrimp in about a week. If you have african cichlids then they will disappear even more quickly I bet. But it will make your cichlids happy

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Even with all those tiny holes for them to hid in? I just dont know what to do with these buggers. I've got about 20 or so. Some big, some small.

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The ones that dont get eaten will probably die from different water params anyway.

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Okay so that's not an option. What else can I do with them? Can they life out their life in a large jar or vase with guppy grass?

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hand them out in the RAOK section :-)

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Why didnt I think of that! lol

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Maybe you can setup a quarantine/grow out tank? Those are really helpful to have in case of emergency. I used to keep a $20 5 gallon kit from walmart full of java moss and RCS with only a sponge filter. It made cycling new tanks a breeze also, I would just squeeze out the sponge filter in the new tank and
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Already have a QT tank, but it's full of fry. Hmmmm, maybe they could be friends ;-)

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Ghost shrimp aren't fry friendly. Depending on what they are, some may be preyed on.
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They are cichlids lol. Range from 1-1 1/2 inches

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So I was feeling really guilty about having the shrimp in a vase and I lost one last night. So I put some guppy grass in the 10 gallon fry tank, found an old aquarium light and moved the shrimp to there. So far so good. The cichlid fry are interested and I figure if they eat some of the shrimp, at least it's good for them! The shrimp seem to like the warmer water too (82*). Although the fry and not happy about the new light, but they will have to get used to it anyone since they will be going back into the main tank once big enough.

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the shrimp will get eaten and probably cause health issues with your cichlids. I know from experience lol
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Why would they cause heath issues?

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They will eventually be eaten by the cichlids as they grow bigger and more agile to hunt down the shrimps. I used to feed my cichlids ghost shrimps as a treat on a monthly basis before when I had ghost shrimps. As long as the cichlids' diet consist of mainly flakes, pellets, or frozen food. A shrimp for a treat once in awhile is not a bad thing.

The hard exoskeleton of a shrimp might be the only problem that I can see IMO which might cause constipation to the cichlids if consumed regularly.

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