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  1. #1

    Default Oscars and shirimps, bad idea or awesome idea?

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    I have 250 gallon tank with 4 oscars (one huge) and a few cichlids. Yesterday I put in some java moss. I'm hoping that in 3 - 6 months I will have a moss forest and at that point I would like to add rougly 100 shrimps (i plan on breeding them first in another tank). Not sure what kind of shrimp because I have no experience with them.

    I know all of them will probably eat shrimp if given the chance and expect lots to get eaten but if I have enough moss and caves etc... do you think my tank can have a colony of shrimp too?
    Astrofish man I am
    250 gallon super tank 97" long. 4 x Oscars + pleco and cichlids.

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    With enough cover there will be survivors around but IME [I have 2 Oscars] shrimp tend to be viewed as a snack. Mine eat them like popcorn :-P

    [Most commercially available] Ghost shrimp won't successively breed in FW so you are likely looking at some form of neocaridina [Red cherry shrimp] for easy breeding.

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    IT might. Depends on how keen your oscars are. One thing to note, your stocking seems quite dense, are you sure your water will be clean enough?

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    The shrimp you are looking at are tiny and colorful. Putting them in an Oscar tank will result in a massacre. Of course, some will survive and possibly even reproduce, but I doubt you will find any enjoyment with your shrimp nonetheless because they will be so few and always hiding.

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    +1 to the above.

    I keep shrimp and they're lovely things...I'd never intentionally put them in with anything that could hurt them. You're not creating nature, you're creating a trap they will never escape from.
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    Ok not sure about the shrimp but it would be neat to have some. I'm growing lots of moss so maybe it will be dense enough to have a colony. I'll wait to see how thick I can grow it
    Astrofish man I am
    250 gallon super tank 97" long. 4 x Oscars + pleco and cichlids.

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    I do weekly water changes and my nitrates are 10ppm to 15ppm so its clean now and if that drops I will get rid of something
    Astrofish man I am
    250 gallon super tank 97" long. 4 x Oscars + pleco and cichlids.

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    Won't the oscars rip the moss out and gobble it up?
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    I doubt you will even get the java moss to set and survive. Oscars tend to bull doze the tank around a lot and make toys out of things. If you did get the moss to survive and added the shrimp I think the Oscars would realize that they were there and just tear the place up looking for them. IMO, This would be a lot like trying to rob the junk yard full of junk yard dogs with bacon in your pockets to confuse the dogs. Problem again..Oscars are smarter than most dogs.

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    I think it might be a bad idea. Oscar will eat your shrimp faster than your shrimp's reproduce rate. However, you can consider adding crayfish, freshwater prawn or African filter shrimp. I have my giant freshwater prawn in my gourami tank, he live and eat well.

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