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Old 02-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #11 
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Originally Posted by aokashi View Post
1c blue velvet?!?!?
if that's the case... maybe it doesnt really matter if your betta eats it XD

but honestly, you can make alot of money just by reselling them :3
Surely the blue velvets aren't 1 cent each? That comment must have been directed at the ghost shrimp ...

If the blue velvets are 1 cent each, can someone buy and ship me about 30 of them? lol ... seriously.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #12 
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^^ What he said.

Also, don't be so sure that even a densely planted tank is enough. I've had females dive into wads of moss to chase after shrimp. The ghosts, give a half hearted chase. Cherries. Well I can still see Aphrodite with the front half of a still alive female cherry in her mouth.

My advice is... shrimp + betta well, it's a craps shoot if the shrimp will live.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:31 PM   #13 
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Then again, some bettas are perfectly fine with shrimp. My boy is very content to ignore his red cherries (different coloured cousin of the blue velvet shrimp). He will swim up to them and continue on or swim by and brush them with his fins and it neither bothers him, nor the shrimp... they just continue eating whatever it was that they were eating before. I have these bright little guys in a very heavily planted 5 gal NPT with lots of cover, small holes (too small for bettas) and the cover is at all levels of the tank. I also added the cherries to the tank, and didn't add the betta for about 48 hrs and I already had a pretty good idea of how he'd react: I had found a pond snail in his temp bowl... he sniffed it, it moved, he swam off very quickly to his cave and I didn't see him for an hour or so after that. LMAO, my betta's a wuss.

As I said in another thread, bettas are like dogs when it comes to tank mates: some will do just fine with a cat, some will chase it and harass it, some will be terrorized by the cat. It all depends on the dog. Same with bettas and shrimp: some will be fine, some will harass or even kill and/or eat them and some will be stressed out by their presence. You won't know what your betta will be like until you try. But you have to be prepared for all outcomes in case things go south, so to speak :)
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #14 
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yea it all depends on the betta, i would test it with cheaper shrimps first to save you some money. Watch them for a while. MY girls ignored my ghost shrimps for like 2 months, then one day decided to hunt down everyone of them. Guess the girls were just waiting for them to grow big enough to be snack time.
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