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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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Betta 4gal tankmate(s)

Hi i was wondering what kind of shrimp to put in my 4gal tank, how many and what they eat. all posts appreciated! .
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Some questions:

Are you filtering your tank? is it planted? This will help out some of the experts when they come by

The best beginner shrimp are Ghost shrimp, their inexpensive and have a tiny bio load.
They will either eat uneaten food, algae, or algae wafers if you have no algae.
Beware, your betta might find them good as food instead of tank mates.

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Hi i was wondering what kind of shrimp to put in my 4gal tank, how many and what they eat. all posts appreciated! .

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Shrimp are a good starter. For a 4 g you could get away with 1 African Dwarf Frog.. There are cons to that though-competition for food, toe nipping. . You would have to increase the cleanings to prevent bioload. Have to feed the frog in a terra cotta dish at the bottom and bc they have such poor vision it could take them a while to realise its there and so the betta might get at it first. ADF's are apparantly funny little guys. They can be alone but having 2 or more would be ideal ^.^ (((SO if you upped one more gallon you could get 2 ADF and the betta)))

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To be honest after reading the ADF guide and how they need 5 gallons each I wouldn't recommend ADFs, they're also territorial at times, which is not good mix with a Betta.

You won't be able to go with my fish friends, community tanks need 10 gallons and up.

So you're left with shrimps or one snail, for the snail I recommend a Nerite snail, they're smaller which means less poop and they can't reproduce unless in brackish water, mystery/apple snails are grow too big and poop too much for a 4g.

Shrimps usually end up as snacks if you don't give them cover like some sort of carpeting plant, java moss or any moss plants works really well. You can start with Ghost Shrimps, they're cheap and if they die, oh well. If the Ghost Shrimps thrive try Red Cherry Shrimps, if they thrive they'll reproduce like crazy so they'll populate your tank in no time.

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Ty every1 i think i will try the ghost shrimp. Ill give them some mugs to hide in.
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live plants are great for them to hide in, especially java moss (or any moss!). Just give them lots of nooks and crannies to hide in to increase the odds of survival.
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I found out that my Ghost Shrimp like to hide under things (driftwood, and lava rock). Basically anywhere it's dark and some place they can retreat to if they feel in danger.
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Mugs would be too large, as a lot of male bettas love caves themselves, your betta will end up in there snacking on the shrimp.

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K if
Mugs are to big il see wat they have at the petshop thats. Too small for bettas but big enough for
Shrimp.
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