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    I've had a couple of disappearances in my tank that had me stumped. I haven't seen them in a couple days, and no little dead fishies floating or sitting anywhere. I'd put it down to mystery deaths, and the shrimp being very efficient cleaners - but something I saw today made me wonder - would shrimp be able to grab and hold a small but healthy fish? Both fish that have gone missing were smaller than some of my shrimp (one card tetra and my newest addition, a very small -just under an inch- chocolate gourami).
    The reason I ask is because today at the feeding frenzy, a medium sized shrimp (say about an inch long) shrimp latched on to my Angel's ventral fin (the long, fine fins that look like feelers), and seemed to eat it. The Angel actually had to dart away - just swimming didn't do it, the shrimp hung on (it looked kinda funny) - it had to jerk the fin away before the shrimp let go.
    So that made me wonder - would a large hungry shrimp snag a small fish over night while it was resting?
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    If your shrimp are twice the size of the fish Id say it could happen.

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    Blimey! I thought I was asking a stupid question...almost didn't post it...but looking at the tank, I could picture one big or two small shrimp grabbing my little baby gourami...
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    I would say it is possible if the shrimp are bigger than the fish. they will pick off fry if they can catch them. What kind of shrimp?

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    Wow..never would have thought they could do that. I was thinking about getting red cherry shrimp and was concerned that I got them big enough so they didn't all disappear but I guess I need to find a happy medium.

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    Good grief! I've never heard of shrimp eating fish!!! It does sound like that's what's happening though...I'm off to Google!
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    First of all you don't mention what KIND of shrimp. I'm assuming Ghost Shrimp as I've SEEN them attack fins and start eating them on a fish 100 times their size. Some Ghosts are EXTREMELY aggressive and, as they're considered "long arm" shrimp they can and will catch things smaller than themselves, kill, and eat it. They'll do it with other shrimp and they'll do it with fish.

    Wlepse, you don't have to worry about Red Cherry Shrimp hurting anything. They're completely defenseless and completely peaceful. They're a completely different species from Ghost Shrimp.

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    It could certainly be your shrimp, depending on the species. On another forum I used to go to there was a poster who had some shrimp that was super aggressive (was purchased as a ghost shrimp but was a very aggressive freshwater species that was huge). That shrimp (can't remember what species it turned out to be) caught and ate a full grown tiger barb. The poster had photographic proof, it was crazy. I also had a cannibalistic ghostie that would hunt down and eat other ghosties.
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    It could certainly be your shrimp, depending on the species. On another forum I used to go to there was a poster who had some shrimp that was super aggressive (was purchased as a ghost shrimp but was a very aggressive freshwater species that was huge). That shrimp (can't remember what species it turned out to be) caught and ate a full grown tiger barb. The poster had photographic proof, it was crazy. I also had a cannibalistic ghostie that would hunt down and eat other ghosties.

    That's the nice thing about ghost shrimp....they're CHEAP! LOL
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    I didn't mentione species because I'm not 100% what they are. Ghost/Glass/Amano seem to be different species when you google them but the names used interchangeably in the hobby. I'm calling the species I suspect of being fishnabbers Amano shrimp, but I was testing the idea of shrimp killing fish, so I didn't want to be told that "x shrimp is an algae eater only". I have two other species of shrimp in there (algae-eating shrimp and vampire shrimp) that I know are peaceful. The amanos are definitley aggressive eaters - they'll steal food from each other and cruise the surface of the water upside down during feeding time. And they do have "long arms" compared to the other species. Now I suspect they killed and ate my cherry shrimp, too!
    Good to know to stay away from adding small juvies of any species to that tank.

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