Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Central, OH
Can a betta eat an entire shrimp?
yeah they can, but not in one bite.
Do I remove the shells?
Are the dead ones food for bettas, or should I remove them ASAP?
I would remove them as soon as you see them, you dont know if they died from stress of being on the floor or travel, or if they were sick
I did learn on line (after the fact) that shrimp are "delicate" and need "special acclimation"?
I acclimated mine exactly like I do fish and never had any issue. They are delicate in that they are sensitive to water parameters so they should only be in fully established tanks. If you see them trying to climb out of the water that means your parameteres are off.
How long do they live? if one makes it to it's max. size, can it harm a betta? (What are they're max size?)
not sure how long they live, I think its like a year or so?
They supposedly are full grown 5 weeks after birth. Females are about double the size of males, I'm sure yours are probably full grown.
Max size is about 1" for males and 1.5-2" for females. (I've never had one get that big)
They can clamp onto fins and what not but its really rare. Also, you need to try to check for red joints on their pincher arms and antenna's -- if there arent red joints anywhere on them then that means they are imposters. The fake ghosties can be aggressive and you should remove them immediately. But since you got them from petsmart I dont foresee that being an issue, but something you should always check for just in case.
10 HM, 3 HMPK, 5 HMPK fry
8 German Blue Ram, 5 Green Dragon BNP, 4 Albino BNP, 4 Calico BNP, 6 Red BNP, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 2 ADF, 7 Peppered Cories, & 6 Tiger Endlers + Fry
12 full time tanks, 4 NPT, 6 QT/Breeders