Bettas and shrimp

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can a betta co exist with 2 bamboo/fan shrimp in a 5 gallon tank? what are the risks?
 

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I've seen a lot of people say that the betta will eat the shrimp.
 
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uh oh! lol i guess i cant do that then. Darn.
 

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Yeah, it's a shame that you can't have both in the same tank. Those shrimp are cool. 8)

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thanks!
 

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Yea.. those shrimp could give the betta a serious case of overeating unfortunately. It could work out, but is just as likely to end in dinner.
 
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darn... now i hav to wait till they die to get a betta :'(
 

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In my LFS they had a 5 gallon tank with betta in and 2 shrimps, I actually watched the shrimp walk over the betta literally and the betta didn't even flinch! They have been in the tank with him for a while - Im practically in there everyday.
 
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well i think its better safe then sorry for me. My shrimp have been in the tank alone except for a couple danios for over 6 months. who knows how they will take to a new addition...a Betta!
 

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Danios are not good tankmates for Bettas either. They tend to be fin nippers. Some shrimp have been known to attack and kill fish. Those claws scare me. I wouldn't want a shrimp anywhere near my Bettas!
 
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my shrimp dont have claws. they have fans
 

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i think the shrimp is much more likely to suffer damage than the betta. the fans, from what i can tell, basically just filter water
 
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yes that is right. the shrimp have no ways of defense
 
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