A few weeks ago my mom, sister, and I brought home 11 ghost shrimp to distribute throughout the betta tanks. Two little shrimp went in with my boy, Kami, three went into my mom's female betta's tank, four went into my mom's male's tank, and the rest went to my sister's goldfish's tank...and then his belly, which was to be expected.
What I wasn't expecting was for Kami to eat his two shrimp within two days, Ghost (female) to eat her three on the first day, and just now I watched Sparks, my mom's male, attack and kill a ghost shrimp. He then shared it's remains with Mr. Snail, my mom's fully grown mystery snail.
Now only two shrimp are left, both in Spark's tank and hiding carefully. I used to have an Indian Whisker Shrimp, and he was amazing. Big enough that the fish didn't mess with him, and he was a very efficient little arthropod, cleaned up everything better than any of the snails. When I brought home the ghost shrimp I was thinking they'd be as good as he was, but the remaining ones don't even compare.
I love shrimp, as an aspiring arthropologist, and would like to keep one in with my betta, but I can't seem to find any more whisker shrimp for sale, and Kami just snacks on ghost shrimp.
What recommendations/experiences do you guys have when it comes to betta-compatible shrimp?