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Amano or Cherry Shrimp?

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I have a 2.5 gallon tank with one betta. I have several live plants and over the past few weeks, algae has started to grow. I was thinking of getting shrimp to take care of it, but I don't know which kind to get. A few months ago, I had ghost shrimp (decently large). The betta did not pick on them, but the shrimp started biting at his fins, so I took them out. I got an amano shrimp yesterday. He was very small, and I'm pretty sure the betta ate him. Would it be okay if I got a larger shrimp? If so, are cherry or amano shrimp better?

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You sure the betta ate him or is it hiding? They will hide especially with a betta around. As for size amano shrimp are bigger then RCS and there is a lot of debate which is better for clean up crew. I have about 7 amanos and they did one heck of job on my hair algae. As for RCS, I had some for 1 day till my bettas ate them all, but there is a reason I'm turning my 2.5g into a RCS tank. My sorority(when I had one) never harm any of my amano shrimp. If I had to choose I'd always pick amano over a cherry, just because they saved my tank from hair algae. Now I just keep them for enjoy and want a lot more.
IMO, you'd be better off with a snail as they have a much better chance of surviving in a 2.5 gallon tank with a predator. And if your Betta killed an Amano he'd most definitely kill RCS.

You might also want to determine why you have algae to see if it's something as simple as reducing hours the lights are on.

Good luck; algae can be a bear. :-(
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