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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 11:29 PM
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Been lucky I guess. My 4 amanos, betta, and 2 otos are doing great together. The only time the amanos attack anything is when the nerite shell gets algae growing on it, saw 2 of them cleaning the shell up nice and pretty.
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I've seen amanos and cherries go after sick fish. No experience with them attacking healthy ones, but like any creature, some are more agressive than others. I think larger numbers of shrimp increase the risk of "bold" behavior though. I have an amano in with little ember tetras and its been fine for probably 6+ months.
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Thats a true statement. My betta leaves the amanos alone, when there were cherries in there he didnt bug them much either. Tried putting in the brown emeralds and he did not like them one bit. Chased them all over the tank, had to swap them out with a quickness. Soon as the browns were out he was back to normal. Funny little critters.
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I usually supplement the shrimps diets with pellets but I think I am going to make sure I add more protein to their diet. I already give the fish daphnia, brine shrimp or blood worms once or twice a week so will make a point of adding it to different parts of the tank so the shrimp can get to it as well.

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I usually supplement the shrimps diets with pellets but I think I am going to make sure I add more protein to their diet. I already give the fish daphnia, brine shrimp or blood worms once or twice a week so will make a point of adding it to different parts of the tank so the shrimp can get to it as well.
Thats a good idea. I noticed once the algae was under control that the amanos were far more adventurouse and would spend much more time out and about during the day and were very active during feeding time. Now they will come out when I feed the betta and OTOs and share in the food (betta pellets, blood worms, algae wafers, and repashy greens).
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Be careful giving shrimp too much protein... it can cause molting problems. Once a week in small amounts is okay though.


I've kept/have amanos in community tanks without any issues of any going after healthy/living (even if sick) fish. I have seen amanos eat cherries, but never seen them attack a *living* cherry... so could never be sure if they found a dead shrimp (in my case... most likely scenario...) or went after a living one.


Heck, the most aggression I've seen between shrimp and fish was when a juvie cherry was eating a piece of food, a kuhli loach came and stole the food and the shrimp attacked the face of the kuhli! Kuhli didn't care one bit and just continued eating... and then after a split second, shrimp gave up and wandered off to find food elsewhere...
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