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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh stop trying to eat everyone!

So today the rather innocent looking fish you see in my picture decided to try ghost shrimp and demolished one. I checked everywhere. it ceases to exist (and he has a belly that hints where he disappeared to). And then I picked up snails for each of the fish and today he decided to try snail as well and i`m pretty sure killed his in one fierce bite. So anyone have any suggestions to what i can do tank cleaner wise??? because he keeps eating his (besides me I am too big). So frustrating.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 05:10 PM
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How big is the tank?
If its large enough, perhaps you could get a pleco? Heres a list of Plecos that are under 8 inches:
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he is in a 5 gallon. i should have included that in my previous post. sorry ( haven`t slept yet today). And he seems super agitated today even for him I don't know what's going on.

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A cleaner really isn't necessary and won't be that useful in a tank that small :)

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I'm not sure if an 8 inch pleco would fit in a 5 gallon.... I'm not too sure if anything besides a betta would fit in a 5 gallon... :/

Perhaps one of our more experienced members could help.

Edit: Olympia got there before me! lol!

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its still 2 gallons larger then the recommended smallest size so i thought it would be helpful. but if he is just gonna eat them...
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You may have more success with the shrimp if you offer TONS of hiding places for them. I think it's worth a shot with some cheap ghost shrimp. Something like java moss would offer good hiding, or something like a piece of aquarium tube, buried so shrimp can fit but there is no chance of your betta getting stuck in it.

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i have a fake plant a few decorations and a live plant and a hidey spot. the shrimp that survived is very large 3 times the size of the other shrimp and expert at avoidance. He seriously chases the fish around and has since i got them and still lives. the smaller ones don`t seem to get the run away bit yet hence become tasty snacks. annoying. since he still has his belly and consumed an entire ghost shrimp i`m assuming i can skip dinner for him tonight?
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Yes. It'd be best to fast him. :)
Shrimp and snails are your only options for a tank that size.
Guess you're stuck doing the cleaning.. until he eats you too ;)

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yea i didn`t think i could add any fish and wasn`t planning to. But i didn`t think he would find snails tasty. maybe i`ll add more shrimp sized hidy spots to make it more challenging to eat them (and buy them at the cheaper pet store!). Maybe i'll even stare at them for long periods of time to see how well they swim, because apparently that is a very important skill.
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