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Old 03-18-2006, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What types of fish don't eat shrimps? I am interested in redoing my aquarium, and I thought it would be nice to add new fauna. Also, how much do you feed the shrimps daily?

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1) Otocinclus affinis
2) Endlers liverbearer
3) Cories Catfish

You could keep other fish in your shrimp tank, provided that it is heavily planted with lots of hiding places. But you'll lose a few in the process. So it's always good to have a large colony of shrimp before you take the risks with other fish.

Feeding: depends on how heavily planted it is, but generally every other day is good.

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In my heavily planted shrimp tank I use to keep a dwarf Platy, Whiteclouds, Cories and Endlers.

I usually feed my shrimp tank twice a week, plus the left overs they get from feeding the frog.
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Fromthe fish mentioned below I have experience with these:

1) Otocinclus affinis - Shrimp safe
2) Endlers liverbearer - Not so shrimp safe
3) Cories Catfish - Shrimp safe

The endlers, even the young ones will eat your shrimp if they have the chance. I recomment good hiding places for the shrimp.

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Thanks for you response. I'm interested in setting up a 10 gallon tank. Would 10 cherry shrimps be considered too much? Does anyone here have any shrimp-only tank?

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That is fine...I do keep shrimp only tanks...
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I used to say that there are few fish species that do not eat baby shrimp but I've seen something crazy the other day that made me change my mind. Anyway, the other day I saw a 5 day old Endler hunting and killing a baby shrimp. He first would attack it a few times until the shrimp was no longer able to move...the Endler the proceeded to swim with the shrimp in it's mouth because it's didn't want to fit. Since my Endlers are always having babies, I decided to stick a few in the shrimp tank and take them out once they start to grow. It's definitely a bad idea so the only fish that I would reccomend at this point would be some small corys and ottos.
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I've not seen my Zebra Danios or my Harlequin Rasboras bother the shrimp (cherries) ever. They pretty much leave them alone.

I suppose German Blue Rams are out of the question though, huh ?
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Don't put it past those rasboras. I saw a T. espei (lamb chop - very closely related) devour a good sized cherry one time. The good thing is that the shrimp breed fast enough that one or two missing here and there aren't noticed so much.
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add one more to your list,bn plecos. i've watched them eat nose to nose with no problems. regards,cornhusker
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