Which Shrimp For Betta Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by sassymomma, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Which shrimp can live in a Betta tank?

    I understand that there is a risk of becoming dinner, however my biggest concern is the possibility of the shrimp eating the Betta's fins while they rest

    I bought "ghost shrimp " recently, and quickly realized that they had been mislabeled when I caught them stuffing my male Betta's tail in their maws

  2. DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    Assuming that your betta doesn't try to eat them, Red Cherry Shrimp would be ideal for you. They are docile and only eat algae, biofilm, etc. No meat or fish in their diet, haha.

  3. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember


    I'll look for those then. My son wants crystals, but at 3/$17......I'd be annoyed if they were eaten

  4. andychrissytankValued MemberMember

    If you have a quarantine tank you won't miss for 2 months you could breed them and introduce them while still having some left
    crystals will inbreed regardless if left to their own devices so it's good to have some back ups
  5. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    I have a 5g holding all of my plants
  6. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I would go with cherry shrimp over crystals. Crystals do better in specific water parameters.
  7. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Cherries it is- after losing my entire brand new school of harlequins (save 1) to my city tap water.....I'm disinclined to invest in sensitive livestock
  8. TheCyanDragonValued MemberMember

    I really love my Amano shrimp. They're easier to see, they're bigger, and they're super fun to watch. By betta doesn't try to kill them, he just watches and chases them.
  9. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    I haven't seen amanos yet, but I like the look
  10. TheCyanDragonValued MemberMember

    Here are some of my Amanos. They are so cool!
  11. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Amanos have the advantage in size over cherry shrimp. Bettas may still harass amanos, but they can't eat them as easily!
  12. ChibiMonkeyValued MemberMember

    I have kept both ghost and Amano shrimp with my male betta for a few months now. He has been completely fine with them. I had six of each and always got the largest the store had (I think my smallest was still over an inch). Then a week ago, I noticed I couldn't find as many of my shrimps. My betta spent the whole week (because I'm usually very good at maintaining them, but I didn't count them one week because I was very sick. I fed them daily of course, but I must have done something after one of the water changes that triggered my fish) nomming on my shrimp, and I only have three ghosts left. There weren't even any shells. They were just not there one day.

    I'm going to wait to get shrimp again until I can put them in a species tank.
  13. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, I am a little concerned about dinner...but i have plenty of filters, and can easily set up a species tank if I need to. I also considered a Critter Keeper inside the tank- so that my son can have his shrimp, and the betta can't eat them. I could keep that in the male tank, since I have a spare airline to run a microfilter into it. I could do that for smaller breeds, and let the bigger ones go free
  14. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Whatever you go with, make sure there's no possible way for them to escape. I bought 3 amanos for my betta tank and they were amazing for a few days, now they're all missing, and the betta's not even in the tank currently so they couldn't have been eaten.
  15. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks for that heads' up.

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