Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Very far away from you!
Just at add my 2 cents.....
I haven't read what's going on, but...
I bought 3 Ghost shrimp at Petsmart for like $1.25....I fell in love with them, all alone in their tank with nothing but each other! So I brought them home and quarantined them in a glass jar for a day, with about 4 inches of water. Well, I bumped the table and one shrimp shot upwards, right out of the water and it landed on the side of the jar, STUCK there. I had to pull of several shrimp a day until I added them to the betta tank quite early for fear they'd dry up on the side of the glass.
Ash, Brock, and Misty (Pokemon trio) scuttled around happily in the tank.....3 gallons, with just some sprigs of Anacharis, a tea mug, a couple of bigger fake plants, a silk plant, and a moss ball. Omelette is a ferocious predator and he immediately stalked a shrimp, but as soon as he approached Misty--CHOMP!! Misty stuck out a little claw and grabbed onto Omelette's nose as hard as she could....Om was obviously in pain because he kept jerking side to side, then when she let go he swam into his mug to recover xD
He stopped that until one day I gave Brock to my friend as just a little gift, a cute little pet to have on her desk (all she has is 3 cats)...A couple of weeks later I came home to Om's belly severely bloated, and a big shrimp carcass in front of the tank. Apparently he had eaten her, ripped her open and only eaten the inside. The exoskeleton was all that remained.
Ash is still surviving, but so is Brock because he's alone.
Ash gets by when I feed Om his pellets, I always do it in a certain corner of the tank. While Om is busy stalking his pellets, I drop a couple in an opposite corner and Ash is usually smart enough to swim up to them and grab them.
I highly recommend having a Marimo moss ball....your shrimp will have SO MUCH FUN with it....their bitty little claws can easily be inserted between little "leaves" of moss and can pick out whatever food and dead moss bits it can find.
7 bettas, 2 goldfish, 50+ (accidental) snails, 2 parakeets, 1 dog, 2 cats
Rest in peace Butch, greatest dog ever, Omelette the Veiltail, and Chipita the Veiltail