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Bolivian Ram and Invertibrate
Old 04-30-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
 
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I am planning to buy a few Ghost Shrimp and Nerite Snails for my 20g tanks, the snails mainly to help control the algae issue along with my pleco. I'm also interested in buying a Bolivian Ram along with them. Would they try to make a meal out of them, would they leave them alone or would it be a 50/50 deal?
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
 
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They may or may not leave them be. Rams are cichlids, they looove shrimp. Your ram will likely go for them. I have also seen plecos eat them, I suppose it depends on the pleco. I've had a few BN plecos that got along, but my common(who is a baby and not an adult, about six-seven inches himself like a BN pleco right now) ate two of my ghosts before I could rescue them. lol Little booger, so be careful. It's not like they aren't good for them though! If they do eat them, you could always give some as a treat if you can stomach that...I had trouble with it for my crayfish since I adore those little shrimpies, but they're so good for him. x.x
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
 
I have a clown pleco, and he pretty much hides most of the time. Right now my other concern is my male betta because their reputation is almost similar to rams.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:21 PM   #4
 
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Of the dozens of betta I have had in my life, I only had three that got along with shrimp, the rest made dinner out of them. =/ Even with some dense hiding places, he found a way! lol

You can try it if you want, see how it goes. Chances are if your betta doesn't eat them, the ram probably will. I do not know about clown plecos, all I know is they're of a smaller species and usually more aggressive....or can be anyways. lol Hey may or may not. I don't have any idea on their diets.
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:37 PM   #5
 
So I have to pray that both would leave my shrimp and snails alone, yet also each other probably since I keep getting mixed reviews on the two. And a clown pleco grows about 3 to 4 inches and really shy. Pretty harmless, but it's hard to tell if it ever goes for any of the algae that is growing on my tank right now.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:10 PM   #6
 
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So I have to pray that both would leave my shrimp and snails alone, yet also each other probably since I keep getting mixed reviews on the two. And a clown pleco grows about 3 to 4 inches and really shy. Pretty harmless, but it's hard to tell if it ever goes for any of the algae that is growing on my tank right now.
Heheh, yeah, Rams and Betta aren't recommended either. Some clown plecos can be pretty shy, but when they get aggressive, they get aggressive. They also need more than algae if they're as much like other plecos.

Snails -should- be alright, provided they're too big to swallow by any of your fish. Shrimp, again, always up in the air with larger omnivores or carnivores.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
 
Well, my pleco is pretty shy, or at least around me. As for the ram, I think it's like the betta where their personalities are different. The shrimp, it would depend on what size they would be when I get them.
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