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JDM 02-25-2013 09:59 AM

New Shrimp Tank.... Sort of.
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We bought some cherry shrimp yesterday. They are quite small so I only got 5, just in case they become a sushi snack. I want to put them in the tank at the bottom so they have at least a decent chance rather than floating down the same as the fish food does so I am waiting until we do the water change tonight.

Temporarily they are in a jug with some sand on the bottom and some duckweed on top, duckweed is not in the picture.

I bought some "shrimp food"... sort of. I found that the food that we already have, NLS I think it is, would have been fine. What I ended up with, in hindsight, is of much lower quality. First ingredient is wheat middling and then shrimp meal so it's not actually shrimp food, it's food made of shrimp... who knew?

Here are a couple of shots of the temp tank.


fashionfobie 02-25-2013 03:07 PM

Isn't it interesting how something like that can make us feel uncomfortable. For example you can feed a parrot, chicken. They will crack the bones open and eat the marrow. Something about this seems weird. However chickens and parrots are completely different species. It isn't different than homosapien consuming a fellow mammal such as a cow.

Now with fish they do seem to be willing cannibals in a lot of cases. But in the shrimp food there is also a strong possibility it is a different species.

Food for thought :)

I look forward to seeing your shrimp in their permanent tank. Cherry shrimp are so cool.


Freshcatch 02-25-2013 08:43 PM

My shrimp will run and grab a shrimp pellet and pull it under the end of a piece of wood to keep it away from the other fish.. so yeah, they like shrimp. :lol:

fashionfobie 02-26-2013 04:56 AM

I love it when they do that. My larger amano shrimp will swim off with a whole cory wafer.

JDM 02-26-2013 10:19 AM

I didn't leave them in that tank long... did a large water change last night and put the shrimp in. I was thinking to let them grow out first but they are 7/8" already and didn't think they would grow much larger. I just made sure they started where they could get to some hiding places. For whatever reason one died before I moved them. I think it was just one of those things, transition, injured at the store. It wasn't looking the best earlier in the day as it was.

Oscar (the betta) was curious and I think may have tried to snack on one but there is no way he could catch them... the little guy just scooted away as if it were just another day in the park. The barbs didn't notice them and the catfish won't likely bother them either.

So, four shrimps are in there somewhere... I did see one this morning. If there are still any about in a couple of weeks (I figure if they survive that long they are fine) I may pick up a few more.


Molinious 02-26-2013 03:24 PM

What inhabitants are in the tank? I think you had another thread asking if wassafe to add the shrimp? They should be fine but will hide until they feel comfortable to come out

JDM 02-26-2013 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by Molinious (Post 1446269)
What inhabitants are in the tank? I think you had another thread asking if wassafe to add the shrimp? They should be fine but will hide until they feel comfortable to come out

Betta (don't ask), 12 Cherry Barbs and 10 Emerald Brochis (catfish)

I think they will be fine.


JDM 03-03-2013 06:50 PM

I was all set to give up on the shrimp assigning them to eaten sushi status and was looking at trying the amano shrimp just because they are larger, i think. Tonight I took a flashlight and poked around some of the hiding spots that I have seen them lurking about early on. I managed to spot three of the four that I put in.

I figure that one loss of four in a week is not unusual as one out of five died within a day before even getting them into the tank. I don't think that they travel well but the fourth could still easily be in there and just out of sight. I guess they are getting lots to eat in the nooks and crannies of the driftwood.

So, back to adding more cherry shrimp next week perhaps.


Molinious 03-03-2013 07:11 PM

Have you got male and female shrimp? The females are larger and are more colourful, males tend to be slightly see thru

fashionfobie 03-03-2013 07:11 PM

They are crafty. They will make little tunnels under structures and logs and stones etc so they might all be in there somewhere. Amano shrimp are much larger. I have kept amanos with dwarf cichlids and haven't have casualties.

I wouldn't totally give up on your cherries yet. They may get some eggs laid and get a colony going. My amano shrimp get on well with my pumpkin shrimp. They all hang out on logs munching away together. Very cool! So if you wanted to add them they are compatible and are very animated. My amano shrimp will even steal from my fish and swim off.


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