I just introduced 4 amanos to a 20L with a betta and 6 kuhli loaches. The amanos are such plucky little critters! I thought I'd share the story here...
I could tell the first thought that went through D'Artagnan's (the betta in question) mind when he saw them. A feast!!
He swooped in low, checking them out, getting right in their faces. It was a Mexican stand-off. Shrimp and betta both doing circles so that their heads were always facing each other. The amanos, who are all named Jacques, whipped D'Artagnan's face with their antennae. You don't frighten us, betta pig dog!
The posturing continued. I was ready to break up any fray that might occur. But my intervention was never necessary. Eventually D'Artagnan slunk off- yes, slunk
. One of the Jacques followed D'Artagnan to the edge of the coconut shell, where the encounter took place, as he swam off. I swear, I heard the Jacques call out, Go away or I shall taunt you a second time!
D'Artagnan has since ignored the shrimp, choosing to act as if it were entirely his choice to pretend they don't exist. Bettas remind me of cats sometimes.
Fetchez la vache!