08-29-2010, 02:31 PM #1
Which larger Shrimp for Betta tank?
After my new feisty HMPK male Betta ate my Amano Shrimp (he lived in there with my former Crowntail) I would like to know if I could put in a larger Shrimp. Saw some the other day at Petco. They are called Bamboo Shrimp and are pretty big in size. Are they a danger for the Betta or the other way around?
08-29-2010, 02:36 PM #2
The main problem IMO is that the bamboo shrimp are filter feeders and seem to starve slowly in non-established or small tanks. How large was the amano? I've seen some that are all of 3" and I've had them in with apistos and angels.Save the rivers and reefs... buy captive raised whenever possible!
08-29-2010, 02:52 PM #3
He was a little over an inch, had him probably for a month with my old Betta. The tank is a well established 5 gallon I have since 1 1/2 years. Recently tested the water after the death of my Betta. I wanted to get twom more of the Amano, but I bought the last one at my LFS. But now I don't think I want to try Amano again with that Betta. If the Bamboo Shrimp are filter feeders, would it be an idea to put Hikari fry food in it?
08-29-2010, 04:26 PM #4
There's actually a pretty good article here. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/shrimp/bamboo.php
Though the article says they will feed on wafers. In a small tank with a betta, I think it would starve or if you fed enough for suspension that your parameters would take a bump and it would die. JMO though. Hopefully others will chime in with opinions.Save the rivers and reefs... buy captive raised whenever possible!
08-29-2010, 04:32 PM #5
Bamboo shrimp do better in a tank with good current flow. Hmm how about a dozen or two ghost shrimp. They sell for $1-2 for a dozen at some fish stores like pet supermarket. Sometimes sold as feeder shrimp. They are about an inch long. I had some with a betta for months and they lived peacefully, then one weekend he took them all out. Tried it again with another betta and it worked out well, the only shrimp I lost were because of 'natural causes' I think.
08-29-2010, 05:50 PM #6
I had two Bettas before this one, first a female Veiltail, after that a male Crowntail. They never bothered anything. With the Female I had small corys until I moved them in a bigger tank, than Mysterysnails. I just don't want to put another Shrimp in the Lions Den, which can't stand up against this Betta. He is a HMPK, don't know if they are generally more feisty.
08-29-2010, 07:29 PM #7
Oh another reason I mentioned ghost shrimp is due to the cheap cost of them, $1-2 for a dozen, if it works great. If not and the betta takes one out, it'll get a tasty treat. No huge loss moneywise.
08-29-2010, 07:34 PM #8
I have ghost shrimp with one of my Bettas as well and they've been great. I haven't lost one yet *knock on wood* I agree with korith they're cool shrimp and cheap so a loss isn't a big hit75G Planted Discus Tank- 6 Discus, 5 Neon Tetra, 4 Clown Loach, 3 Akysis Catfish, and 1 BN Pleco
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