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Old 06-17-2011, 10:50 AM   #1 
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Advice needed!

Hey guys,
I wish to add one more shrimp and some fish to my current set up (details below).
I want a few fishes that can make my tank seem a bit more livelier.
What are the things I should keep in mind?
And what fish can I add & how many?
I appreciate all your advice & thank you for all the help.
If I've missed any details below, please do ask.
The following is my current setup for my betta.

Housing
What size is your tank? 6 gal Bowl.
What temperature is your tank? 78-80, currently.
Does your tank have a filter? No.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? No, but I'm planning on getting a heater soon.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? One ghost shrimp currently.
What live plants do you have in the tank? 2 Java Ferns.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 Pellets (4x/week) and 2-3 freeze dried blood worms (2x/week).
How often do you feed your betta fish? Daily.
What do you feed other tank mates? Sinking pellets.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner removing chlorine, ammonia, chloramine & nitrites.
Thanks! :)
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:53 AM   #2 
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Yep you can get about 5-8 more shrimp. They put out practically no biowaste so, yeah, go for it.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:57 AM   #3 
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The thing is, I don't want too many shrimp in my tank, because it becomes difficult to take care of them. :/
They are so tough to net & when I put the siphon in, my small shrimp jumped out of the water (that was in a smaller 1.3 gal bowl though).
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:41 AM   #4 
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That can be a big challenge with shrimp...cleaning/vacuuming....what you could do is add more live plants so you would only have to make water only changes and this would give them a safer place for the shrimpletts to hide and feed in....the 6gal is not really big enough to meet the needs of other fish species along with the Betta...so you are kinda limited......

Look for some other type of shrimp like RCS or the yellow morph....they are really easy and reproduce fast...add some more stem plants and java moss...this would add more color and movement....just a thought.....
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:19 PM   #5 
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dont change 100% water. cover while u siphon
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:27 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the response.
I have space constraints in length 'cuz its a bowl, but I have more height than what a 6 gal tank would.
I cannot get varieties of shrimp near where I live, I'll have to hunt for it.
Are you sure that there's no fish I can add to the tank other than shrimp/yellow morphs?
Also, I'm new to keeping live plants, so any advice on one that grows a bit tall but doesn't require fertilizers & a lot of light?

PS: I don't do 100% water changes, 'cuz it's impossible to take my shrimp out!
And yes, since the time my shrimp jumped out, I do cover while I siphon.

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Old 06-18-2011, 11:49 AM   #7 
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I just got another shrimp.
Now the other shrimp doesn't seem so lonely! :)
Also, I think both of them are female 'cuz the were both pregnant when I got them (one still is).
If I do add another male, will my betta get bloated due to over feeding on the fry?
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