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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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female betta question

Would i be able to keep 2 female betta's in a 5 gallon Hawkeye? and maybe 1 or 2 ghost shrimp? I have a nice cave, and have room for more and i have live plants.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 09:09 PM
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If you do females, you'll want at least 4 in a 10 gallon, but it can be tricky because sometimes they can be agressive. I'd go with one female and some ghosts.

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it can be done but like she said ^^^ it c an be tricky
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oh ok. I currently have a male in the tank, but i plan to get 2 ghost shrimps with him, i was curious what do they eat? because i feed my beta the pellets and blood worms and he always eats all the food, so what is it that the shrimp will get to eat? because google says they eat what the betta wont, but mine always eats it all
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Well, they are mainly carnivorous... Here is what I did when I had ghosts. I would soak a few extra pellets and pinch them so that when I'd put them in, they'd sink to the bottom. Then, I'd distract my betta with food while I dropped several pellets to the bottom of the tank in the rear left corner, where several plants were. The ghosts knew that's where it'd be, because I did that every day, so they always got there before my betta realized there was extra food in the tank. If your betta is the typical little piggie, you might even want to remove him into a tubberware of tank water for feeding if it isn't too stressful for him.

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Be forwarned!

1) Shrimp are very tasty (Bettas eat them).

2) Ghost shrimp need a lot more territory than 2.5 gallons... in a small tank, they predate on each other. You might start with one, and see how it goes...

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HereFishyFishyFishy is right for the most part, they can be nasty, so I'd definately follow what he said. However that's not always the case... I know when petsmart gets ghosties, they pack them all into one or two small tanks. If there are a lot of them all together and you buy a group, they can be pretty mellow towards each other in the tank.

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I agree, ghost shrimp are carnivores. I had bought two ghost shrimp for my fry tank and about two or three days later, i found that on was missing and it wasn't dead, it wasn't even in the tank. The bigger one ate the other. Also this is crazy because in the store they were together and perfectly fine.

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BettaLover2033,

When I bought my ghost shrimp they were all in a ten gallon tank together, milling around the bottom of the tank. When the net went in, all their little antennas went up in unison... that was amazingly awesome!

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BettaLover2033,

When I bought my ghost shrimp they were all in a ten gallon tank together, milling around the bottom of the tank. When the net went in, all their little antennas went up in unison... that was amazingly awesome!
reading that just made me think of Toy Story with the little aliens in the claw machine, lol
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