View Full Version : Want Some Inverts

11-05-2007, 07:34 AM
I'm looking at maybe getting some inverts for my tank. Something different to go with the fish and frogs. I'm currently thinking of getting some bamboo shrimp mostly because they are large and they have them at my local Petco. I'm hoping their size will prevent them from being attacked. Also the LFS has some large (golf ball size) snails with white shells. I'm still trying to find out what kind they are, but they look really cool.

Do you think these will do ok in my tank without being eaten? It's a 55g with neon tetras, glofish, molly, platy, dwarf gourami, corydoras, oto cats, and african dwarf frogs. I'm not planning on adding anymore fish except to fill out my school of corydoras.

Any info or other suggestions are appreciated.

- Bill

11-05-2007, 12:22 PM
the snails should be just fine, they are probably pomacea bridgessi snails (mystery or apple snails). As for the bamboo shrimp, they are large but it wouldn't surprise me if your gourami tried to nip at them. That being said, I have cherry shrimp in my tank with dwarf gourami and they are surviving and multiplying because I have some good plant cover for them (moss). I think it would be worth a try, but if you wanted to go the less expensive route you could try cherry shrimp. good luck, hope this helps.

11-05-2007, 01:21 PM
Gouramis, mollys, and platys, do not make good tank mates for shrimp generally. If you have lots of hiding places go with cherries as they will outbreed (most likely) the predation, otherwise as long as you have good current go with the bamboo. You may need to grind food into a powder to suppliment feed bamboos though.

11-06-2007, 07:35 AM
Thanks for the info! I'll probably get the snail and give some more thought to some shrimp. I love the looks of the cherry shrimp, but I haven't seen them around here for sale. Also, if they have to hide all the time to avoid being eaten, then it probably doesn't matter what they look since I won't see them.

Thanks again.
- Bill

11-23-2007, 02:02 AM
Bamboo shrimp get stressed out really easily even if the fish don't actually attack them. They are also rather picky about water parameters.
Cherry shrimp are great, and establishing a breeding population is usually pretty easy. You may not see them all the time, but everytime you do will just be that much more exciting :thumb:

11-23-2007, 06:22 AM
My one Amano shrimp is nearing the 2 inch mark, you may want to try them. They won't breed in freshwater however.

11-23-2007, 02:39 PM
They will breed, but the larvae need saltwater and that is the limiting factor.

11-24-2007, 02:17 AM
They will breed, but the larvae need saltwater and that is the limiting factor.

Yes, should have been more specific. Thanks for the catch!