Bettas and shrimp? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By RussellTheShihTzu
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-21-2019, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Bettas and shrimp?

I have a pretty peaceful male betta living in a planted 3.5 gallon. I used to have him in a larger community tank, and he did well with other fish (neon tetras, bristlenose plecos, platys, and peppered corydoras) though unfortunately I had to move him due to the current being too strong for his long fins. The only time he ever tried to eat or attack anything living was when our plecos had fry, but I'd imagine that isn't too surprising given their small size.

I was thinking of adding either some red cherry shrimp, amano shrimp, or ghost shrimp in with him, but wanted to get some opinions before doing so. Would the added bioload be too much? What size would I want the shrimp to be for them to have the best chance of avoiding being mistaken for food?

I have some anacharis, mossballs, floating hornwort, and a terracotta pot in the tank. Would I want to get some more plants so they'd feel safer? What sort of plants would be best?
curiousbetta is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-21-2019, 11:09 PM
TFK Moderator
 
RussellTheShihTzu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 18,143
Welcome to the Forum!

My experience with shrimp in a Betta tank is the more plants you have the better their chance of survival. Lots of Hornwort and Anacharis-type stem plants. I weighted bunches in each back corner and along the back wall. Once the shrimp were adult-sized they were out and about in the open; the babies stayed in the plants. Do provide shrimp with a Betta-proof place to hide when they molt and are at their weakest and most vulnerable.

Since it is 100 shrimp to a gallon, you don't need to worry about the bioload.

You can also consider Amano Shrimp if you have some good molting cover for them. They look like a mini-ET peddling across the sky.
HomerT likes this.

My 60-Year Aquarium and 53-Year Betta Addictions
https://www.bettafish.com/144-journa...addiction.html

If your dog thinks you are the greatest do not seek a second opinion
RussellTheShihTzu is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-22-2019, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Thank you! Amano shrimp are adorable, and they're big and live longer than cherries and ghosts, so that's a huge plus.

What sort of hide would you suggest that a betta wouldn't be able to get into? I was thinking maybe some cholla wood, but I've also heard some horror stories of bettas getting stuck in the holes.

Also, have you ever had any trouble with amanos or cherries bothering bettas who are determined to take a nap on the ground? Mine loves to sleep on the gravel every night and scare me into thinking he's dead lol
curiousbetta is offline  
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-22-2019, 05:58 PM
TFK Moderator
 
RussellTheShihTzu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 18,143
You can bury the Cholla part way in the substrate; shrimp don't need much clearance. I use Cholla sticks but I always place with an eye toward whether the Betta can enter or not. Those little thumb pots work well, too. Also buried partially in the substrate. Place a plant in front of anything you use. That will be extra insurance the Betta can't enter or bother the shrimp.

Shrimp shouldn't bother your Betta when he's resting. Do you have tall plants which allow him to rest near the top? You can float an Anubias with wide leaves. Mine sleep in the stem plants that flow near and over the waterline.

My 60-Year Aquarium and 53-Year Betta Addictions
https://www.bettafish.com/144-journa...addiction.html

If your dog thinks you are the greatest do not seek a second opinion
RussellTheShihTzu is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Thanks! That's a great idea for the cholla wood.

I used to have a leaf hammock, though unfortunately it started falling. I still need to get a new one haha. He does have the hornwort to sleep on by the surface, but, naturally, he prefers his heater. Floating some Anubias sounds like it could work - would the roots take in nutrients like that?
curiousbetta is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










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



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