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Cherry Shrimp and Dwarves?

This will be my last noob question of the day i promise. Is it possible to keep shrimp(cherry or amano) with my bolivian rams and appistogramma? Or am I simply treating my dwarves to an expensive meal? Also, if I do get the shrimp do I need to consider them as inches of fish in regards to room in my tank? Finally what exactly do they eat? I get the impression they find their own food. I should probably be doing a google search instead of posting this question so thanks for any responses!
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The RCS would be an expensive meal. I've seen my GBRs attacking good sizes snails before. I keep Amanos in my tank with the GBRs but it's heavily planted and I rarely see them.
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Hmm interesting.. Anyone else wanna confirm that bolivians or Cockatoos would make fine dining of cherry or amano shrimp?
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I'll confirm fine dining of the amanos, my cherries started disapearing more slowly. Larger cherries last longer. You might be OK if you could introduce a colony of adult Cherries.

The Amanos I had didn't seem to have any instinct to hide; whereas the cherries do. I also found crispy amanos on the floor (even though I have acanopy on the tank). The floor might have taken care of as many as the fish.

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Hmm that doesn't sound too promising.. do cherry shrimp jump too? Anyone know anything about Bamboo Shrimp? I see them at the LPS once in a while as well and they are much bigger so I'm pretty sure they wouldn't get eaten.. They are however kinda ugly IMO compared to the cherry shrimp.
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Cherry (or Tigers) will reproduce in the tank whereas Amanos won't. It helps with the battle when there are pressure on them. With Amanos it is a one way street to fewer shrimp.

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We have 4 Amano shrimp in a 20g long with our pair of A. cacatuoides and they both ignore the shrimp for the most part. The only time I've seen even a small amount of "aggression" towards any of the shrimp was when 1 started getting a bit too close to the cave where the female had some eggs. She only darted at him to push him back but that was it.
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hey STLfishlover, is the amanos jumping a problem? I haven't had a single death(i'm sure i just jinxed myself) so far in this fish tank so i'm reluctant to get the shrimp.. I wanna keep my no death streak alive for a while! Unfortunately everyone on this forum mentions shrimp with such enjoyment that I'm having difficulty resisting. Does them jumping simply mean I have to keep the lid shut or do they just find their way out when i open for feeding or up the whisper waterfall..
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I have no clue about the Amanos getting out (I have a full canopy with small cut outs for pluming), I just found crispies on the floor behind the tank when I was doing some cleaning.

There do seem to be more reports about crispy Amano than other shrimp on the forum.

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We've had the amanos for about a month... so far no escapees (fingers crossed)... I do see them "jump" within the aquarium when I have to stick my hands in there to prune the plants and I have read somewhere that they are ok out of water for a very short time so I'm not sure how long our luck will last without 1 of them deciding to explore life outside the tank.

I would say go for it... even if you only start out with 1 or 2. We got just the 4 originally to see if we would like them...needless to say we did very much so... had the LFS order some more... we're picking up 8 more tonight I would really like to put some in our 125 with the Bolivians but I think with 11 Bolivians they indeed might become a snack lol...

There is about a 2 inch gap between the glass cover and the edge of the tank on the 20g where all the tubes/cords go in and although we've yet to see the jumping I think tonight we will cut out the holes for the tubes to put the plastic over the gap 'just in case'.
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