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Old 05-06-2014, 08:43 PM   #1 
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Betta aggressive toward ghost shrimp

I just introduced two ghost shrimp into my 5.5 gallon and Mako immediately went into "witch hunt" mode. He would flare at the shrimp and attack them, never leaving them alone or resting. He searched high and low until he found the shrimp then would lunge at him, so I eventually took them out. If he's this aggressive toward shrimp, do you think he'll react the same way to a zebra snail? I was looking forward to adding some tankmates to his eventual 10 gallon, but it's not looking too promising.

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Old 05-06-2014, 08:55 PM   #2 
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What's he gonna do to a snail? Nerites are all armored up n shiz.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:39 PM   #3 
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What's he gonna do to a snail? Nerites are all armored up n shiz.
Bite off his eye stalks.
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My mystery snail murdering betta has had no luck nomming my nerite. They're soooo thin I don't think they can see em!
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:40 PM   #5 
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Figured i'd post an update:

I re-added the shrimp to his tank and I noticed he was only showing aggression when they went near his favorite sleeping spot. Once they're far enough away, he could care less what the shrimp do. When I added the nerite snail, he also gave him no troubles as he probably thought it was just a rock. :P

All appears well, he doesn't even mess with the shrimp near his hut anymore. If things continue to be peaceful, I plan to add him to a cycled planted 10g with a school of pygmy corys. :)
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laughing so hard at Tea's comment...Made my working overnight here in the ER so much better. ;)

I did have a female who tried to bully one of my mystery snails when she was first introduced to them...she'd swim up and try to bite their shells. After a couple of tries and slamming her little nose into that hard shell, she learned to leave the snails alone! ;)
I have mysteries and ramshorns in all my tanks and I haven't ever had anyone have any eyes bitten off. I'm not saying that it can't happen (I've read the same thing that Russell mentioned, which sounds truly horrible), but I'm not sure that it's tremendously common? Or maybe I've just been lucky? No idea. :)

You may find fewer and fewer ghosties though as time goes on...particularly after fast day. My girls ate them all when I introduced them. Took them about a month, but within 45 days that tank did not have any more shrimp in it. ;)
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laughing so hard at Tea's comment...Made my working overnight here in the ER so much better. ;)

I did have a female who tried to bully one of my mystery snails when she was first introduced to them...she'd swim up and try to bite their shells. After a couple of tries and slamming her little nose into that hard shell, she learned to leave the snails alone! ;)
I have mysteries and ramshorns in all my tanks and I haven't ever had anyone have any eyes bitten off. I'm not saying that it can't happen (I've read the same thing that Russell mentioned, which sounds truly horrible), but I'm not sure that it's tremendously common? Or maybe I've just been lucky? No idea. :)

You may find fewer and fewer ghosties though as time goes on...particularly after fast day. My girls ate them all when I introduced them. Took them about a month, but within 45 days that tank did not have any more shrimp in it. ;)
Well, today is his fasting day so we'll see how he does.
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