Shrimp tank mates died - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
New Member
dino9401's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2
Shrimp tank mates died

My Betta is in a 5 gallon fluval chi tank. I had two ghost shrimp which were in the tank when they were little and I introduced Bubba into the tank shortly after. They all seemed to get along fine. The shrimp would occasionally chase Bubba and he would ignore them, occasionally chasing them away. They got pretty big, about 2 inches. I would usually feed Bubba at the top and sink a couple betta pellets to the shrimp. I had a big ball of betta pellets clumped together and I sunk it for the shrimp. They carried it around and the next morning they were both dead. Not sure if they overate or not, but Bubba seemed a little sad that his mates passed. He's been in there alone now for about 3 weeks. He seems to survey the tank a lot more now instead of hanging at the top. Not sure if he's looking for his mates or if he's enjoying the solitary life now. Just asking if anyone thinks I should get new shrimp, or let him enjoy the tank to himself. He was never really violent with the shrimp, they all seemed to get along fine other than chasing each other occasionally.
dino9401 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 10:40 PM
ryry2012's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,801
Did you test water when shrimp died? One of the causes of shrimp death is bad water parameters. They are very sensitive. Even a bit of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate can kill them. I guess they couldn't finish the big chunk of pellets and possibly caused ammonia in the water. It's also possible that Bubba attacked them. I've read stories about a betta that had been getting along well with his tank mates for months, then all of the sudden he started harassing them.

In my opinion, Bubba is enjoying the bachelor life. Now there are no shrimp that he can explore the whole tank. I'd say "no tank mates, no stress."
ryry2012 is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-24-2018, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
New Member
dino9401's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2
Thanks for your reply. The water should be fine, I'm very adamant about keeping the water very clean. I usually change about a gallon or so every other day and bigger water changes every couple weeks. I test it quite often to keep it ammonia free. I really think I may have killed them with that big chunk of food. Bubba seems very passive, but maybe he's a sociopath and at night attacked them but I feel bad about the shrimp. He seems pretty happy in there and I'm sure he's not too bored. Maybe someday I'll upgrade his tank and give him mates again.
dino9401 is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-25-2018, 01:59 PM
ryry2012's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,801
I agree that it's best to wait to get him tank mates until you get a bigger tank. When the tank is bigger, it's easier to keep stable water parameters.

Originally Posted by HumanArtRebel1020 View Post
Never heard of shrimp eating betta pellets. Over ate or something in them .
Yes they do. I have red cherry shrimp. When I feed my nano fish crashed micro pellets, they always swim up, hold on floating plants and get busy trying to catch the food.

Last edited by ryry2012; 03-25-2018 at 02:09 PM.
ryry2012 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tank mates for 5gal - Ghost shrimp, Cory catfish, or snails? obiordi Betta Fish Compatibility 5 09-16-2014 10:51 PM
Just added ghost shrimp as tank mates notsabrina Betta Fish Compatibility 4 09-10-2012 05:51 AM
How big does Merc need to be before Shrimp/Snail tank mates? TheJadeBetta Betta Fish Compatibility 9 04-09-2012 03:28 PM
Results (snail and ghost shrimp as tank mates) smadi278 Betta Fish Compatibility 3 05-19-2008 06:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome