Fish that won't eat Inverts? Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by canary, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. canaryNew MemberMember

    I'm going to be setting up a 24 gallon freshwater aquarium with medium substrate, sand, maybe river rocks, and live plants. Hopefully it'll become a very natural-looking scene. My question involves inverts vs. fish. I am planning on adding shrimp and a few clams. What fish won't eat these? I know the puffers would think it's a seafood restaurant...but looking for voices of experience please. ^^

    Also, if you have live plants that you've had a lot of success with in a medium-light tank, please toss some shiny tips my way too. ^^
  2. Amanda

    AmandaFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!
    Maybe some small tetras? Anything that cannot fit the inverts in their mouths will be fine. Cories would be fine also.
    As far as plants - check out
  3. iloveengl

    iloveenglWell Known MemberMember

  4. sirdarksol

    sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    Labyrinth fish will work with shrimp as long as there are places for the shrimp to hide while molting. Otherwise, the first time they molt, they'll likely become dinner.
    Tetras, guppies, platies, mollies, will work.
    Gold barbs will not (most other barbs likely won't, either, but I don't have experience with them). They're avid hunters. My gold barbs used to pluck the eyestalks off of mystery snails.

    My biggest planted-tank tip is; use Eco-Complete. It's the easiest substrate in the world to use. There's no rinsing, no cloudy water. Put it in, fill the tank, you're ready to go. It's also really good for plants.

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