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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 08:24 PM
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I hate ghost shrimp. I had three in my 5 gallon tank and woke up one morning and one was murdered. The female and one of the males had paired up and the unfortunate lone male was disposed of. They would beat him up and take all the food. A week later the female had spawned then I woke to a murder/suicide and I was left with the spawn to deal with.. well, the filter dealt with them. They are no more. I am sticking to the moss ball unless it sprouts legs and we have yet another incident in that tank.
Sorry to hear that. 3 ghost shrimp in a 5 gallon is just too small. As you may have noticed, Ghost shrimp love to roam and the footprint on a 5 is way too small to give each of them sufficient elbow room such that they aren't constantly running into one another.
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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 09:27 AM
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scootshoot,

"Sorry to hear that. 3 ghost shrimp in a 5 gallon is just too small. As you may have noticed, Ghost shrimp love to roam and the footprint on a 5 is way too small to give each of them sufficient elbow room such that they aren't constantly running into one another."

Thank you! That is good to know about shrimp, and explains a lot.

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You could try some RCS, blueberry, CRS...... There are lots of smaller, less active shrimp that don't mind being in groups.

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I don't understand the trepidation here of putting more than just a betta in 5 gal.. I know someone who has had a semi-aggressive betta and six (6) tetras in a five-gal marineland hex tank for six months now, no problems. She changes the water 1x a week, but by no means has it been a burdensome project.
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Newtonbetta,

The general rule of thumb on the number of fish a tank can support is:

1" fish = 1 gallon of water.

I recently had 13" inches of fish in a five gallon w/ a powerhead filter (they were all much smaller when I put them in - the little buggers outgrew the tank fast). Even w/ excellent filtration and regular water changes, it lead to water quality issues and illness.

The fish in question were moved into a much big tank and the problem was solved, but not before my betta got popeye and paid with part of her eyesight.

We try not to overstock tanks, to avoid such issues.

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