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spoot 03-11-2010 11:14 AM

Shrimp on the menu?
 
I have a mixed tetra tank with Rios, Neons, Black Neons, and Rummies. I would like to put a few ghosts in with them. Will this work, or will I just be adding a menu item? I plan on taking a terra cotta pot and breaking it up to make hiding spots among the other rocks and the big mopani wood piece I already have in.
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Angel079 03-11-2010 11:26 AM

No don't use that terra cotta pot broken; that will have some superst sharp edges and very likely hurt your fish while they try hiding out in there too! Good hiding places can be java moss; halfed coconuts (retile section of your pet store) 0.5" rocks piles up a lil etc etc anything non sharp really.

I keep my Tetra's & Shrimps in sep tanks but I'd wanna say provided enough plants that they'll be alright and not snacks. However having shrimp in with fish is a natural predator for them and you will likely not see the shrimp much as they'll try to hide so I donno how much fun that really would be for you then.

JasonI 03-11-2010 11:36 AM

Maybe try Japonica Amano shrimp they do well and they seem to be a very hardy shrimp as long as you have plenty of plants they will thrive. I used to have them in my larger tank with even bigger fish than just Tetras plus their excellent algae eaters.

spoot 03-11-2010 11:48 AM

Not to dissuade good advice but I've used broken Terra Cotta before with no issues. As long as you file or sand the edges along the break line I don't see how it would be any more dangerous than any other ceramic deco. For extra insurance you can bury the edges in the substrate.
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Angel079 03-11-2010 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by spoot (Post 342294)
As long as you file or sand the edges along the break line.....

You said the key words right there yourself.... simply broken one's would be sharp and not usable but if you work them smooth then yes they're safe;-)

spoot 03-15-2010 03:08 PM

As a follow up the ghosts are working out pretty good. They are staying fairly active and not really paying much heed to the tetras. On the flip side the tetras rarely pay any attention to the shrimp.
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Angel079 03-15-2010 07:24 PM

Well my Killi fry does also try swimming after the RCS but the sec they come within half inch the shrimp is goonnnee :-)


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