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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Can a Amano Shrimp live with a betta on a 5.5 gallon tank?

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Sadly my ghost shrimp jumped out of the tank while I wasn't at home.
I prefer to have cherry shrimps in my 5.5 tank, but at petco they either don't sell them or apparently they get sold out quickly by the time I go there. The employees told me once that they receive green shrimps many times, but by the time I go to petco they get sold out fast...

But I have seen another type of shrimp they call Japanese Shrimp, but apparently they are called Amano Shrimp...if I'm not mistaking.

So my question is, can they live with a betta on a 5.5 gallon tank? The reason i'm asking is because they look so big that i'm worried they'll hurt my betta. Are they friendly? Can I have more than one? I have my betta and a nerite snail living in the tank.

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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 11:00 PM
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From what I've read, they're very similar to Ghost Shrimp, but are opaque instead of translucent. Ghosts and Amanos get around 2 inches max, but ghosts usually stay a little smaller. I've never had Amano shrimp, but they seem to have pretty much the same needs and temperament that a Ghost does (from what I've read). Maybe someone who's owned one before will check out this thread, and tell you more in depth differences between them.

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They are definitely bigger than ghost shrimps. I just dont know if they are good with a betta on a small tank. And how many amano shrimps I can have in there. If by any chance I decide to buy the cherry shrimps online, what's the most recommended and safest website where I can get them? I've tried Amazon, but sometimes they don't ship in my address all the time...
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Personally I would not put anything else in a 5 gallon with a betta.

I don't think the Amano shrimp would hurt your betta though. I guess you could give it a try?
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I have an amano and ghost shrimp in a tank with my betta and dwarf frogs
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I think I rather not risk it and just wait a little longer for petco to bring the cherry shrimps, or just order them online. But thank you all for the advices!
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Ya amano shrimp would go good. I have 6 in my 5 gallon (i know it is a lot, but i got then for $1 each, just bought the whole tank) with my betta (2nd betta) no problem. IME bettas only go after dwarf shrimp, sometimes not even that.
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Really? hmm...I'm still going to wait for the cherry shrimps! I'm not too worried if the amanos run out...I always see a lot of ghost shrimps and amano shrimps available at petco. They look so cool with their black dots those amanos : )
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If anything, i would personally do 1 amano or ghost and see how it goes, instead of buying a bunch of cherries and them all eaten. I also got yellow shrimp in the tank (got from petco).
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Oh you already had ghost in there, nevermind...

They do get larger than ghosts, 2-3 inches.
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