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Hi, I'm new to fishkeeping, planted tanks, and aquariums in general, having only been doing this for about a year. I was wondering what are acceptable tankmates for shrimp. I am looking to set up a community tank with midsize tetras and one or two angelfish. I know that angelfish tend to pick on and eat smaller creatures, but if there were shrimp that were large enough, with enough hiding places, they might survive. Any ideas? Thanks.
 

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Amanos get pretty huge, but I would still think good sized Angels will pick them off. If ya want to try shrimp in this "fish" tank....toss in some cheap ghost shrimp. But even with enough hiding places and such, shrimp will most likely become a nice snack for your fish. Can you imagine the stress your shrimp will be in with this kind of setup? *imagining a guppy in with a tank full of sharks or pirahnas* :eek:
 

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I wouldn't really suggest shrimp for your tank. Shrimp truly do best in a tank with other shrimp and small fish setup.

If you really want to try some shrimp a fan shrimp/bamboo shrimp may work, or vampire shrimp if you can find them. But they need good flow and liquid foods on occasion.

-Andrew
 

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How difficult is it to breed amano shrimp? I would like to set up a separate tank just for shrimp and see how it goes from there.
 

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takes some setup. first off, the eggs won't hatch unless in brackish water. But you need to separate the female when she is about to shed her eggs because she will try and spread them out all over the tank. So you need to separate her, then wait til she "sheds", then remove her, and move the eggs to brackish water, with an air bubbler. Then once the zoes hatch, stop air bubbler, move over to freshwater again and make sure there is sufficient algae to feed on.

Its a bit of work. But I guess doable. But timing is the key. The only good part, the Amano shrimp have no problem making the eggs.

as far as what fish to use...small schooling fish seem the best choice. Thats basically what I have. No BARBS (except for Cherry).
 

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White Cloud Mountain Minnows are rad (yes, i said rad). I have a 5.5 nano with four WCMM's and a bunch of shrimp in there and they are just peachy. No picking on, no bothering, no nothing. And WCMM's look pretty!
 

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Vampire or Bamboo shrimp are large enough not to get eaten or harassed by the fish you have.
 
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