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southafrica1001 12-10-2007 09:49 PM

Shrimp and livebearers
 
i want to put some kind of shrimp with my platy and swordtail, and my male betta (yea i know he is anabantids, and should be in that section), i'm not sure what kind they sell at my lfs but they are clear in colour i think. is it worth putting a few in my 8gallon tank or wait till i upgrade hopefully in a few months to about 20-30 gallons? also if i can put some in now how many ( i can try find out what kind they are)? and will my other fish eat them ( i also have 3 small plecos)

Lupin 12-10-2007 10:58 PM

Your betta, platies and swordtails will eat the shrimps. Guppies and Endlers though will not likely do it.

southafrica1001 12-10-2007 11:01 PM

ok thanks i dont want to spend money if they arent going to survive, what other combinations will be ok when i hopefully upgrade should i just add more swordtails and platies as i have 13 swordtail babies so as they arent my males offspring i can choose wether i keep the males or females. also i have 2-3 platy offspring so i can only keep the males from that lot

Lupin 12-10-2007 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by southafrica1001
ok thanks i dont want to spend money if they arent going to survive, what other combinations will be ok when i hopefully upgrade should i just add more swordtails and platies as i have 13 swordtail babies so as they arent my males offspring i can choose wether i keep the males or females. also i have 2-3 platy offspring so i can only keep the males from that lot

Add more only when you upgrade your tank.

southafrica1001 12-10-2007 11:08 PM

hehe yea thats what i mean, when i upgrade i will add more but should i just stick with the livebearers

Lupin 12-10-2007 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by southafrica1001
hehe yea thats what i mean, when i upgrade i will add more but should i just stick with the livebearers

Depends on you. If you want more fish, you have to make sure you do plenty of water changes. Bottom dwellers would be the fish you add next. Otos or cories maybe.

southafrica1001 12-10-2007 11:28 PM

thank you ill decide closer to the time i want to get this new tank right :D

Lindsey88 12-10-2007 11:53 PM

I had shrimp with my platies and swordtail and they didn't bother them. My dwarf gourami did though. The betta would be the only one I would worry about although my betta peacefully lives with 5 ghost shrimp. You could try it. Ghost shrimp are only about 46 cents at my local petsmart.

southafrica1001 12-11-2007 12:29 AM

yea ill see if they are cheap and if the guy there agree ill test it out hehe thanks

southafrica1001 12-11-2007 12:30 AM

yea ill see if they are cheap and if the guy there agree ill test it out hehe thanks


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