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I bought 3 Pinnochio shrimp today and my fish has eaten one of them. I'm unsure if the shrimp was dead first or if they attacked it and then ate it. I have other shrimp that have been in the tank for a couple of weeks and are fine. Does anyone know what this may have happened? The fish eating the shrimp were White Tip Tetra.

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because shrimp are on the bottom of the food chain
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All my fish eat shrimp, it might take them a little while to eat them in my community tank, but they still get ate. A lot of people that keep shrimp have them in their own tanks without fish usually.
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The stores I buy them from all keep Shrimp with other fish. Is it just a matter of time before they get eaten then? Would this still be the case with larger shrimp such as Bamboo or Wood Shrimp?
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It really depends on the fish. Some will eat the larger shrimp as well. Small peaceful fish like Neon Tetras are less likely to bother shrimp. Oto's are the only ones I have read that are 100% shrimp safe.
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Natural instinct, 99.9% fish eat shrimps for afternoon tea, I can only remember two species of fishes that doens't eat shrimp, otocinclus and panda loach.

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Ok, thanks everyone. No more shrimp for me then. :-[
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Fish eat shrimps.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 01:39 PM
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...because they were hungry.

Silver tip tetras are pretty vicious/aggressive, they did not last long in my community tank.
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