Some background info first..
I have two bettas, one is a regular (I can't remember the term
) betta male named Fishy (very original, I know..haha) that is red with the very tips of his fins blue. He's very docile, loves to make bubble nests and generally just hangs out.
The second is a crowntail male named Sparky that is mainly red, with generous amounts of purple and blue. He's pretty aggressive.. he flares at everything, makes small bubble nests and is very fidgety.
Both are in their own 1 gallon tanks with a light (I have to alternate the light.. the bulb on the other tank top blew within an hour of getting it!), rocks, a plant and decoration each.
I bought 3 cherry shrimp today for a total of $12.. Pretty steep since I wasn't sure how it would go over for the fish..or the shrimp!
I figured the aggressive betta would get one shrimp, since he may be more likely to kill his tank mate..and the other would get two.
Well, I put the shrimp in the tanks and the Sparky ignored his new tank mate!
Fishy, however, proceeded to stalk one of the shrimp and watched it scamper around for a bit before he decided to chase it!
Luckily, the shrimp was too fast for him and kept escaping.
About an hour or so later I came back to check on them and lo and behold, Fishy's shrimp are still alive and well..
and sadly, Sparky's shrimp is lying on it's side in the tank. Seems Sparky noticed it and decided it would be a fun toy... I checked again 4 or so hours later.. Fishy still has both shrimp alive..and Sparky's shrimp is nowhere to be found! I guess he ate him
No more tank mates for Sparky!