Originally Posted by allied123
Oh I had no idea, I just saw lots of people suggesting them as tank mates for small tanks and didn't think about how stressful it would be for the shrimp...(i wasn't sure shrimps could be stressed I guess? That was ignorant of me) I guess I'll just stick with a betta then thank you I didn't think about the shrimps needs
Yep, shrimp can stress. Many believe (and I'm one) it's one of the main reasons for their deaths in a Betta tank. Not that the Betta actually stalked and killed a healthy shrimp but that it found a compromised/ill shrimp and made an opportunistic kill. Those are the only adult shrimp I've seen my Betta catch and kill.
Unfortunately, most people don't think about the shrimps' needs. Or, what's worse, they say things like: LOL, my Betta had an expensive snack. Ha Ha!
Or, IMO, worse, they get Ghost Shrimp to "test" their Betta. As if because they're so cheap Ghostie lives have less or no value. Imagine how those same people would react if I said "HaHa, I bought a Betta to test my Oscar for companions and the Oscar had an expensive snack! LOL" Whew, I'd be run out of town on a rail.
Kudos to you for asking the questions and taking the other critters' needs into consideration! One hallmark of a responsible aquarist is concern for the entire habitat and the needs of all of its denizens.