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Old 11-01-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
Find the culprit(s?)

Hi, all! It's been a while since I posted, and my 44g pentagon is doing great, thanks to Byron and a few others that got me through a rough start. Currently, I have some Golden Killi, a couple of Bolivian Rams, some Flame Tetras, Albino Cory, Kuhli Loaches, Ottos, and a Betta all living peacefully in the tank, along with a mystery snail.

About a week ago, I bought 1/2 dozen ghost shrimp and put them in the tank. Never saw them again. Then last Friday I bought another dozen. Last night, I was only able to find one. Now, it could be that they're all hiding in the leaves and/or caves, but do you think any of the above suspects might be eating them? The Killi, Rams, and Betta are the only fish in the tank that seem large enough to even try, but I didn't think they would bother (especially with the larger of the shrimp).

Also, I'm thinking of adding a Betta to a second, smaller tank that I started. It mostly has Pygmy Cory and Neons there, but I also have some Cherry Shrimp in there that are starting to breed. The current inhabitants leave them alone, but would a Betta try to make the little cherry shrimps lunch?

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:44 PM   #2
for sure the rams the same thing happend to me and my ram gobbled them up one by one
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
I had them and mine were gone after a night too (other than one). I think all fish love to eat them haha. I think they may have made a joined attack on them and everyone feasted beautifuly. Haha.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure the betta will take them out too, just do a search for "betta shrimp" and see what threads pop up.

On a side note I killed all my ghost shrimp after I saw one chowing down on a 2-3 week old guppy fry, I was really looking forward to that fry so the shrimp were goners.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:47 AM   #5
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Betta is a definite suspect. I placed quite a few shrimps in my tank and my betta just kept eyeing them and i watched him kill them. First he bit the back of one, and you could see the body of the shrimp turning from clear to opaque. They were killed off one by one. But those shrimps were caught from a creek so doesnt really hurt me that much, was interesting to watch. But a few weeks later, I noticed a small little shrimp that must have gone unnoticed by the betta. But I think I cleared away too many plants so that shrimp too got killed.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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The rams and bettas I would say for sure are suspects and depending on the size of the shrimp the tetra and loaches could be as well. The only ones I think are not quilty are the Ottos and Corys.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:39 PM   #7
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I don't know how big the shrimp are, or the corys, but shrimp is a "natural" food for corydoras. The rivers and streams of SA contain freshwater invertebrates and crustaceans, and almost all fish will readily devour them. The size of the shrimp/fish is the only thing stopping them.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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Maybe mine are safe because there are alot of plants for them to hide in and the corys stay along the gravel and the shrimp seem to stay just in the plants. ; )
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