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Apistos and shrimp in a planted tank

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Curious as to if people have had success with apistos and shrimp in a community tank? Currently have a fairly heavily planted 60 gallon with a trio of Cacatuiodes with mostly driftwood, java fern and java moss. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!
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I've never done it but from what I hear the shrimp would become lunch.


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from experience your shrimp will become snacks... and even if the apistos aren't hungry they will kill the shrimp.

Small cichlids and shrimp don't work well together
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Dang not the news I was looking for. Had German Blue Rams with my Rili shrimp in my last tank and had success but haven't had the apisto/shrimp combo yet. Was hoping a ton of moss may be enough to balance forces...
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Yeah I never had a problem in my tank. My Cacatuoides left the shrimp alone for the most part. The shrimp always laid their eggs in either my massive bush of hydrocotyle Japan or in my bush of fissidens. The babies would usually stay there until they were large enough to fend for themselves. This isn't to say one or two did'nt get picked off every once in a while.

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Not one shrimp survived for me, they got every last one.
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If u wanna send me some shrimp we can test it out. I have a bunch of different apisto Species 😉 I'm sure they would love a nice snack


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It can be done from my recent experiments with a pair of macmasteri. You just won't see them much they know the apistos are aggressive. I put a few cherry culls in my 30 with them. There are also 6 rummynose, 5 Pygmy cories, 3 fat ottos and recently the past few months a bunch of appisto fry. The shrimp basically live in the blyxa. The females berried and there are shrimp now everywhere. They hide very well in my tank and the babies are getting big. I have lots of fissiden, subwassertang is stocked with baby shrimp and blyxa houses the adults. You definitely can't keep any prized shrimp in the tank.

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Here is a pic of a berried female eating at the surface of the blyxa since it's so overgrown. It's pretty neat I hand feed them.



Time to trim and replant it. I pulled that berried female out two days ago and put her in my shrimp tank to give birth. I wanted to give the babies a better chance.




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I have Apistogramma Borelli 'Blue' and they did fine with Amano's for the most part. From what I've read and gathered the Borelli is the safest bet and even then some will eat the larger Amano's.


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Cacatuiodes have a large mouth compared to most apistos,shrimp will become food.
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