View Full Version : A big mistake?

03-06-2011, 10:43 PM
So today I decided to put a few of my ghost shrimp from my crab tank into my betta tank. Well I got six and put them in a little half gallon bucket and drip acclimated them to the betta tank params for about 2 hours dripping water into and out from the bucket with a very slow drip. Well I jsut put them in there and I noticed that atleast one of the six of them is female and that shes berried. She's carrying atleast 20 green/orange eggs and hopefully she wasn't stressed enough during the move to make her molt and lose them. But what I'm wondering is if they'll survive when the hatch or if the betta will eat them before they get a chancee to grow. Was this a mistake?

03-06-2011, 11:01 PM
Bettas are carnivores and will eat anything. They can even go after the adult shrimp. Given the chance they will eat baby shrimps.

03-06-2011, 11:13 PM
I know that and that's why I asked. I'm not to worried about the shrimp since there about half his size right now. It was the eggs I'm more worried about but I guess unless I can get some plants in there to help with cover their not even gonna have the slightest chance in there.

03-07-2011, 03:21 AM
IIRC shrimp eggs start out in a larva form. they need plently microscopic organisms to live off of(mature tanks that have been up for a while) , and usually get sucked into the filter.

not all bettas are agressive, my betta doesnt even both the smallest of the ghost shrimp i have, and theyre easily bite sized.

not all shrimp sold as ghost shrimp can reproduce in freshwater though, i know my berried females dropped eggs and nothing came out of it. most likely for one of the reasons i mentioned

Lady Hobbs
03-07-2011, 05:53 AM
I think most fish will eat whatever will fit in their mouths. They are constantly on the search for food and have no conscious about what they eat so I don't anticipate those shrimp will make it. Doesn't mean the Betta is mean. It's just part of nature.

03-07-2011, 12:40 PM
Well I'm lookin today and she doesn't have them anymore so it doesn't really matter anymore.