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Mating Slinkys 07-07-2007 09:38 AM

Bye frogs, hello shrimp?
 
Having (slightly smugly, perhaps) said in my last post that i've not had any deaths in my fishy world i have to sadly announce the loss of my 2 ADF's who somehow managed to escape from a tightly lidded tank and were found dry on the carpet this morning. That'll teach me to tempt fate...

So: sad as i am to lose my frogs, they were very sweet, i have space in my little (2.5g) tank for something else... i have a bit of algea building up, not to much, but something that eats it would be a benefit to the tank.

There are currently a few Pygmy cories in there, of which i am equally fond, and i was wondering if there was any small shrimp, like the amano or cherry, that would not be a threat to these fish. The cories are about 1-2cm long at the moment, and i know most shrimps are bigger than this so was wondering if this would be a problem, as i don't particularly want to provide a quiet snack fo an amano or cherry or...

Any suggestons, or other ideas welcome! Thanks again!

leifthebunny 07-07-2007 11:35 AM

I have amano in a tank with celetial danios and other small fish (1-3cm range). Be careful of the size of the shrimp you put in though, the smaller shrimp are seen as food by pretty much everyone, including larger shrimp. You will want to have hiding spots for the shrimp and preferably quite a bit of vegetation for them to hide in.

leifthebunny 07-07-2007 11:37 AM

I have amano in a tank with celetial danios and other small fish (1-3cm range). Be careful of the size of the shrimp you put in though, the smaller shrimp are seen as food by pretty much everyone, including larger shrimp. You will want to have hiding spots for the shrimp and preferably quite a bit of vegetation for them to hide in.

Mating Slinkys 07-09-2007 04:33 PM

So are you saying that the cories would be a danger to the shrimp, or vice versa?

Any suggestions for the type of shrimp, or is this just a pipe dream?

Also, is a 2.5g far too small for a shrimp of any sort when accompanied by 6 pygmy cories?

Thanks again!

Falina 07-09-2007 04:35 PM

Obviously it depends on what you have available, or what finances you have to make space available but my opinion is to move the cories into a 10g for example and have the 2.5g for the shrimp only. I don't think 2.5g is really enough for cories. I know the pygmies are very small but they tend to be very active fish. They would be happier in a larger tank.

Mating Slinkys 07-09-2007 05:02 PM

Fair enough Julie, they do seem happy little fish in the 2.5g, always bobbing about and coming up for food when i put it in, but everythings happier in a bigger tank!

I currently have a 2.5g, 10g, and a 35g. The fish in the 10 really need to move into the 35 soon, and it sounds like the 2.5 would appreciate the 10. Also the 35ers need a bigger tank soon (Angels!)

I am horribly poor right now, but having shouted at the tax man for about 2 months i am hopefully due a rebate at the end of the month.

I will be buying a bigger tank with this windfall (at least a 55g, but as big as i can afford, Yay!) so will be having a general shift up. (man that's gonna be a fun day!

As an alternative i could put the Cories in my 35g, with a plec (6"), 2 yoyo's, a couple of Dwarf Gouramis, 4 mollies, 1 gold ancistrus and 2 Kribs. Will they be ok as by far the smallest fish in the tank? I hear that Yoyo's can be particularly aggressive towards other bottom dwellers (although they leave everything else in the tank alone...)

Sorry for the long post, but i'm still pondering what to do.

Oh, and what sort/how many shrimp would work in a 2.5g?

leifthebunny 07-10-2007 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Mating Slinkys
So are you saying that the cories would be a danger to the shrimp, or vice versa?

Any suggestions for the type of shrimp, or is this just a pipe dream?

Also, is a 2.5g far too small for a shrimp of any sort when accompanied by 6 pygmy cories?

Thanks again!

Shrimp generally are eaten by everything in the tank outside of clams and snails. If you are going to keep small fish, I would recommend Amano (Japonica) and medium fish, I would suggest Wood Shrimp (Flower). Larger fish you might be able to get away witha Vampire Shrimp. Smaller shrimp such as Cherry could do ok if you have areas where the fish couldn't get. I just found my whole colony of Cherries were eaten and I thought they were ok in the Java Moss patch in my community tank. With the cories and cherry barbs constantly going into the Java Moss, hard to say who got the shrimp.

soco1125 07-11-2007 06:36 PM

i would go with cherries if i were you since amanos don't reproduce in fresh water. when the tank gets overrun by shrimp, you can either feed them to your fish or sell them to your lfs for a little extra $.


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