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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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ghost shrimp attacking male betta!

I have a 5 gallon tank for my male betta and I heard that ghost shrimp make great tank mates for bettas. I put 2 ghost shrimp in and made sure I had plenty of hiding spots. These guys continuously swim to the surface of the water and GRAB my betta. I obviously care more about my betta than I do about the ghost shrimp. what should I do?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 04:57 PM
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Flush em.
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I have read about this happening, It is the only reason I have not gotten any for my tank..Can you take them back to the store where you purchased them?
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NEVER.......FLUSH any dead or live animal...this is not only CRUEL it can have a negative impact on our environment.....please be kind and respectful to the creatures in our care and to our environment....

As for the ghost shrimp attacking the Betta...this is odd-although ghost shrimp can be one of the more aggressive shrimp they usually are not problematic for our fish unless the fish is sick, injured or in a weaken state...take the shrimp back to the pet shop......
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Take 'em back to the pet store. I had two ghost shrimp with my VT betta, Astaire, in a 5 gallon tank. They attacked him too and ate his fins. I'm never going to buy these evil little creatures again.

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Yea I guess I have no other choice. I'll take them back asap. I'll probably never buy shrimp again unless I use them to feed to bigger fish. My betta's fins are torn up :/
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awe, I am sorry about your fishes fins...Make sure to add a little bit of aquarium salt to help them heal.
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I would start making some 50% water only daily water changes for a few days and then increase your regular water changes with an added 50% every week to prevent any secondary infections....
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This is probably a closely related shrimp that will attack fish. A true ghost shrimp will never bother a fish larger than itself in less they are desperately starving.

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First off let us see pic of the shrimp in your tank. Many stores sell shrimps labelled as "Ghost Shrimp" but are not true ghosties. Assuming it is a true ghost shrimp I find him attacking the betta hard to believe. Are you sure the shrimp is not just inspecting him? My shrimp initially inspected my betta's thinking it was food. Once he figured out it wasn't it became a non issue.

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