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Old 05-23-2011, 03:07 AM   #1 
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Got some cherry shrimp for my tanks!

Some background info first..
I have two bettas, one is a regular (I can't remember the term ) betta male named Fishy (very original, I know..haha) that is red with the very tips of his fins blue. He's very docile, loves to make bubble nests and generally just hangs out.
The second is a crowntail male named Sparky that is mainly red, with generous amounts of purple and blue. He's pretty aggressive.. he flares at everything, makes small bubble nests and is very fidgety.
Both are in their own 1 gallon tanks with a light (I have to alternate the light.. the bulb on the other tank top blew within an hour of getting it!), rocks, a plant and decoration each.

I bought 3 cherry shrimp today for a total of $12.. Pretty steep since I wasn't sure how it would go over for the fish..or the shrimp!
I figured the aggressive betta would get one shrimp, since he may be more likely to kill his tank mate..and the other would get two.

Well, I put the shrimp in the tanks and the Sparky ignored his new tank mate!
Fishy, however, proceeded to stalk one of the shrimp and watched it scamper around for a bit before he decided to chase it!
Luckily, the shrimp was too fast for him and kept escaping.

About an hour or so later I came back to check on them and lo and behold, Fishy's shrimp are still alive and well..
and sadly, Sparky's shrimp is lying on it's side in the tank. Seems Sparky noticed it and decided it would be a fun toy... I checked again 4 or so hours later.. Fishy still has both shrimp alive..and Sparky's shrimp is nowhere to be found! I guess he ate him No more tank mates for Sparky!
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:27 AM   #2 
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Some background info first..
I have two bettas, one is a regular (I can't remember the term ) betta male named Fishy (very original, I know..haha) that is red with the very tips of his fins blue. He's very docile, loves to make bubble nests and generally just hangs out.
The second is a crowntail male named Sparky that is mainly red, with generous amounts of purple and blue. He's pretty aggressive.. he flares at everything, makes small bubble nests and is very fidgety.
Both are in their own 1 gallon tanks with a light (I have to alternate the light.. the bulb on the other tank top blew within an hour of getting it!), rocks, a plant and decoration each.

I bought 3 cherry shrimp today for a total of $12.. Pretty steep since I wasn't sure how it would go over for the fish..or the shrimp!
I figured the aggressive betta would get one shrimp, since he may be more likely to kill his tank mate..and the other would get two.

Well, I put the shrimp in the tanks and the Sparky ignored his new tank mate!
Fishy, however, proceeded to stalk one of the shrimp and watched it scamper around for a bit before he decided to chase it!
Luckily, the shrimp was too fast for him and kept escaping.

About an hour or so later I came back to check on them and lo and behold, Fishy's shrimp are still alive and well..
and sadly, Sparky's shrimp is lying on it's side in the tank. Seems Sparky noticed it and decided it would be a fun toy... I checked again 4 or so hours later.. Fishy still has both shrimp alive..and Sparky's shrimp is nowhere to be found! I guess he ate him No more tank mates for Sparky!
Im sorry to inform you, but one gallon is really too small for just the betta by himself. He should have at the very least 2.5 gallons. And adding shrimp will only up the bioload. If i were you i would go and get a ten gallon tank and divide it if you are short on space. Ten gallons are pretty cheap actually, most places have them for under $15 for the bare tank, and you can make dividers for less than $5. Ten gallon tanks are much easier to maintain, and you can also add shrimp.
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:12 AM   #3 
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Yeah a one gallon is small as it is for a betta, but with shrimp it's even more so inappropriate.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:44 AM   #4 
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I thought it was a bit too small, but with the bubblenests being built, I figured they were pretty happy.
I'll go pick up a larger tank in a little while :)
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:24 PM   #5 
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I'm glad you'll get them a larger tank :) Bubblenests are not a sign of happiness, mostly a sign of territory.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:22 PM   #6 
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I agree with what is said above. I'd also like to add that unless your house is always a constant 78-80*F, then they really should have heaters too. IMO, if you are getting shrimp, I'd get them both 5 gallons, this way you can cycle the tank and make water changes easier and smaller ammounts (50% each week). Cycling will also make your water quality stable, which is important for shrimps since they need stable water parameters and removing them for 100% water changes once a week would be a pain in the butt.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:02 PM   #7 
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As everyone else has said, PLEASE get a bigger tank. IMO 1 gallon is too small for a Betta, let alone shrimp. Your best bet is a 5 gallon with a filter and a heater.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:36 PM   #8 
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I'm going to pick up 2 5 gallons or 2 10 gallons so I can comfortably house a betta in each with a couple shrimp.
Though I don't think Sparky would do well with any.. I'll have to see.
Fishy lost one shrimp that night, but the other is doing great and Fishy leaves him alone. Can't wait to get them bigger tanks :)
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I'm going to pick up 2 5 gallons or 2 10 gallons so I can comfortably house a betta in each with a couple shrimp.
Though I don't think Sparky would do well with any.. I'll have to see.
Fishy lost one shrimp that night, but the other is doing great and Fishy leaves him alone. Can't wait to get them bigger tanks :)

In a ten gallon the betta probably wont even know the shrimp exist if you give them lots of hiding places and plant it heavily. Plus, your fish will be much more active.

Please dont forget a heater! That is the most important thing!! We cant stress this enough.
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:21 PM   #10 
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Absolutely!
Unfortunately, it seems Fishy decided the shrimp would be a good snack..
I found it at the bottom of his tank dead.. and missing both it's eyes!
I don't think I want to know what Fishy did to it.
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