Do Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Reds get along with Cherry Shrimps? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-04-2019, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Reds get along with Cherry Shrimps?

Hi, New here, and need to know if some new fish and shrimps I am receiving tomorrow will get along or if I need to separate them?


I ordered 1 pr. of the Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Reds, and 6 cherry shrimps for breeding(fun, not profit) Will they be ok in a heavily planted tank? (46 gallon Bowfront) Will also have 1 pr of plays as dither fish. (They will probably over populate the tank)



If not I will put the shrimps into something else.


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I wouldn't put any cichlids with shrimp of any kind (I guess maybe large Amano shrimp might be OK vs. very small dwarf cichlids). But P. taeniatus would for sure eat shrimp. They have big mouths.
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Could not agree more. Put the shrimp in something else. I'd reckon I've raised 5,000+ Kribensis fry of different types and far more shrimp. Just saying that to not come across as a guy on the internet saying they aren't a good pairing who doesn't have experience on each and is just parroting things read on the internet. These are two aquatic fauna I've spent many years propagating and they aren't a good pairing in the same tank -unless the purpose of shrimp is as feeders. As cichlids go, there are no choices that won't eat near adult sized shrimp except for Microgeophagus and so forth which require far higher temperatures than shrimp require anyway.

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The Pelvicachromis will love the shrimp, as food.
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Thanks! to all that have responded here. I will definitely put the shrimps into my other tank with lots of small nano species for company.
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