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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Ghost Shimp?

Hi, just recently purchased a silver, half moon betta from Petsmart I have a 1 gallon tank, a 10 gallon tank, and a tank close to 30 gallons. Cosmo (my betta) is currently in the 1 gallon, and I was thinking about buying a ghost shrimp to go with him. Is the 1 gallon tank big enough for Cosmo, let alone a ghost shrimp? Should I put him in the 10 gallon? Or is that to big? Also, would the betta attack and eat the ghost shrimp????
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Welcome to the forum! (We love pictures!)

Personally, your betta (who sounds lovely by the way!) would be a lot happier in a larger tank. If I were you, I would put him in the 10 gallon. It's definitely not too big, and you can get more ghost shrimp. They're known to have short lives, and some bettas love to pick on them.

Or, if you prefer, you can get snails. They poop a LOT, but they're way too cute!

In a 1 gallon, you would have to do water changes every single day since ammonia builds up fast in such a small amount of water. In a 10g, you would have to do water changes a lot less.

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Hi UglyMuffin, welcome to the forum. 1 gallon can work and many bettas are happy in 1 gallon but you may want to consider upgrading to at least a 5 gallon simply because in a 1 gallon, you have to change the water at least every other day, more often if possible. You could probably put Cosmo and 2-3 shrimp in a 5 gallon but beware that many bettas find shrimp to be irresistable snacks. Mystery snails work well with bettas and in a 5 gallon you could even put an African Dwarf Frog with Cosmo. Only one frog though.

If you put Cosmo in the 10g, you can get several shrimp or you can try other tankmates such as neon/cardinal tetras, corydoras catfish, otocinclus catfish, or guppies. If you choose the 10g, post back and we can discuss how many fish and what type you can put in there.
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@gmd1800 : I'll try, but im not sure how to add pics :(

@Sakura8 : I have been thinking about purchasing a 5g, but the only ones that my petco has are open but with blocks in the middle like so : http://pet.imageg.net/graphics/produ...107365t400.jpg and it would be hard to cover it...... Soo what will probally happen is Cosmo getting put in the 10g. What kinds of fish are sutible for bettas?
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Since Cosmo is a halfmoon with a big tail, I would suggest a bottom dweller like corydoras catfish. You can easily fit four bronze or albino cory cats in there with him and they won't ever nip his fins like tetras would. You feed cory cats sinking wafers (not algae) and shrimp pellets. Only problem you may run into is keeping Cosmo from eating their food because they eat very slowly. Feed them at night after you turn off the tank light to help prevent this.

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Would Bumblebee Gobys and/or platys nip at cosmo's fins???

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Hmm. Bumblebee gobies are brackish fish, meaning they need to always have a small degree of marine salt in their water. Platies might work. You can get about six platies. They do breed easily so you'll have lots of fry but Cosmo can eat them. He's super handsome by the way, I love his silver coloring.
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I like harlequin rasboras too, they are pretty peaceful. A school of those would work, about six or seven. They don't breed quite like platies either.
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huh.. I may have to pick up some platys and harlequin rasboras... No ghost shrimp for me cause after his little "treat" of freeze dried brine shrimp, he has not so much as touched his flakes.... I wouldn't him thinking that live shrimp are better than freeze dried :( I've only had him for 4 days and the fish already has me wrapped around his finger (or should I say "fin")
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Oh, they're good at getting us to do what they want, too good. Try pellets, like Omega One Betta Buffet pellets or New Life Spectrum Pellets.

If you get both, get maybe 5 harlequin rasboras and 3 platies.
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