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DrNic
03-24-2009, 04:11 AM
I'm trying to get some shrimp for my livebearer tanks (see my classified add if you have extras thumbs2: )but I've never kept them before so I have some questions.

Are shrimp compatible with livebearers (mollies, platies and guppies), panda cories? bettas?

Do they require moss? I have a lot of low lying plants by no mosses in the tanks. Overall the tanks are pretty heavily planted.

Can the shrimp be kept in an unheated (cool-water) tank?

Thanks for the info everyone!

korith
03-24-2009, 04:21 AM
I'm trying to get some shrimp for my livebearer tanks (see my classified add if you have extras thumbs2: )but I've never kept them before so I have some questions.

Are shrimp compatible with livebearers (mollies, platies and guppies), panda cories? bettas?

Do they require moss? I have a lot of low lying plants by no mosses in the tanks. Overall the tanks are pretty heavily planted.

Can the shrimp be kept in an unheated (cool-water) tank?

Thanks for the info everyone!

All shrimp will be more or less "live food" for fish of all types. Red cherry shrimp for instance their babies are very small less than 1/2 cm. Low lying plants should provide some cover, but you'll still experience some shrimp loss. If they are heavily planted you can probably keep a population growing, though it'll probably held in check by the fish.

About the unheated tank, you could check petshrimp.com and other shrimp sites to see what sorts of temperature they do well at. Someone in our fish club keeps a breeding tank of red cherry shrimp outside year long in georgia. They probably won't breed until they get warmer temperatures though.

If you want some shrimp in your tank, you could consider ghost shrimp. Many shops sell them as feeders, as they go as low as $1 a dozen, just to see how your fish react to them.

Z Fish Man
03-24-2009, 04:42 AM
I'd recommend the ghost shrimp as well. As long as your fish remain relatively small (less than 2 inches) I think they should be ok as long as the ghost shrimp are a decent size when you buy them. You don't need any moss but mine like the hang out on the hornwort. They will eat whatever falls to the bottom and maybe a little algae. If it doesn't work out then the most you lose is a dollar. I have 3 ghost shrimp and they are very entertaining and good for eating any excess food that makes it to the bottom.