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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Betta/ shrimp planted tank

First post and new to the fish/shrimp world. I have a 7 1/2 gallon tank with 7 RCS, 2 Blue Velvets, and one yellow. Also I have my betta fish with them. I have hair grass and a smaller plant that they seem to like. How do I go about feeding the shrimp so the betta doesn’t overeat? Is it okay if I turn the light off for the shrimp? I usually do at night for Jeff(Betta). How will the shrimp breed and how can I ensure they will?
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The fish and shrimp doesn't care about the light that's for the plants and humans.

Shrimp will eat algae and detritus in the tank along with fish food but a good high quality sinking pellet shrimp food would be a good supplement to invest in.

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How long have you had the setup? You can try feeding the shrimp after dark, but for me this never worked- my betta would smell food meant for other fish and find it anyway. Or contrive a container the shrimp can enter for food and the betta won't fit. But It is very likely the betta will eventually eat your shrimp.
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I’ve only counted up to 8 but i should have 11. I observed him for a couple hours and he just nipped at them a bit when I first added them and then seemed fine.

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How long have you had the setup? You can try feeding the shrimp after dark, but for me this never worked- my betta would smell food meant for other fish and find it anyway. Or contrive a container the shrimp can enter for food and the betta won't fit. But It is very likely the betta will eventually eat your shrimp.
Also just got the shrimp yesterday and I have had the betta for a couple weeks.
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I keep red cherry shrimp with a betta in a 5.5 gallon Spec V. The bottom of my tank is heavily planted and I have built a rock refuge on one side of the tank that the Betta can't nose his way into. Anything I specifically want to feed to my shrimp I set with tweezers into their little rock garden.
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Here’s my setup. Looking for some ideas to carpet the tank. I’ve already found one molt and I think I have found all of my shrimp.
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one thing to keep in mind: since your shrimp are all different color variations of Neocaridina davidi, they will interbreed and can produce different colored/patterned offspring. some people want to breed offspring that keep the same color of the parent shrimp while others like the chances of getting a unique color/ pattern, so it just comes down to what you want in your tank.

as for carpeting plants: I've had trouble with the traditional carpeting plants because i have snails and corys in my tank, but have found dwarf sagitteria to be pretty sturdy and spreads out nicely. in my tank it seems to be spending more energy sending out runners and spreading out than it does growing upwards and i have a pretty good carpet going. i've got it in a tank with a finnex ray 2 and co2 so that might be helping it stay short.
I've read that it has to potential to grow too tall and their are some variants that stay shorter than others, but its an easy to grow plant that is pretty cheap so could be worth considering
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