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Old 05-13-2009, 09:20 PM   #1 
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Betta & Ghost Shrimp

I have heard that most bettas can be housed with ghost shrimp, though some will attack the shrimp.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice on this topic

P.S. I have heard if you put the shrimp in the tank/bowl first then when you put the betta in it this will increase the chances of your betta not attacking it, does anyone know if this is true or untrue.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:38 PM   #2 
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I really think it depends on the personality of the betta. Some tolerate tankmates and some don't.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:35 PM   #3 
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I think I might put some in with Arriel because i tried putting her and Pearl in toghter and Pearl bullied....So I think it will make her feel beter to have a buddy thats smaller then her....
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I wouldn't put 2 females together. I'm glad you separated them.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:45 PM   #5 
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I was just seeing if they would get along! I wouldnt let them stay together
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Good. :)
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:07 AM   #7 
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P.S. I have heard if you put the shrimp in the tank/bowl first then when you put the betta in it this will increase the chances of your betta not attacking it, does anyone know if this is true or untrue.
I've read repeatedly that adding the betta last can decrease the chances of the betta being aggressive to his tankmates. I don't know firsthand if this is true as I added my bettas first. My bettas don't pester their tankmates, but all their tankmates are bottom dwellers. I assume I just got lucky and have mellow bettas.
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:22 AM   #8 
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OK thanks, I have heard this too. So i think i will put the shrimp in first and then the betta and hopefully the betta will tolerate his tankmate. I really only want one ghost shrimp and this is only to help keep the tank clean.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:45 PM   #9 
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Yah I think if you put the shrimp in first or even take the betta out, put the shrimp in, and then put the betta back in it should work. Because if you just drop them in from the top while the betta is in there it will think the shrimp is food, atleast mine would.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:03 PM   #10 
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I'm not sure about it too much. My Betta SEEMED like he would be really aggressive because he was CONSTANTLY flaring. However, I put in three ghost shrimp and he hasn't been agressive towards them at all. He did and does go investigate them from time to time, but never has he attacked or nipped or anything like that. He usually just swims down right next to them and watches.

I also keep a few plants, but nothing they can hide it too well, and my tank is 5 gallons.

I've also read ghost shrimp need a little salt from time to time, so don't forget that.

I'm really glad I got them, though. They make the Betta tank even more exciting.
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