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Post Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:39 am
yoimbrian Level 3 Member
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So I'm setting up a 20 gallon breeder for red cherry shrimp and mystery snails. What I'm wondering is can I keep anything with them that won't be eating all the babies???

I'm thinking a really small fish like a betta or some guppies, or maybe a frog or newt would be fun too (there will be open space on the top of the tank for the snails anyhow)

Post Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:12 am
alcimedes Level 5 Member
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everything you just listed will eat baby shrimp. :)

Post Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:01 pm
mutantseabass Level 2 Member
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I keep endlers in with all my shrimp, never had a problem.

Post Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:21 am
willie Level 9 Member
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Maybe no problem, but you'll get a lot more shrimp if you took the endlers out.


Post Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:56 pm
bobyang Level 1 Member
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So fish that will not eat very many would be:

Pygmy cory

Fish that may eat a few but I've had with my shrimp:

Whiptail catfish
Brigettae rasbora

Fish that eat shrimp but I've kept with and still kept the colony:

Dwarf puffers
Bumblee bee gobies
Peacock gudgeons

Post Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:51 am
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I have cardinal tetra, rummy nose, red eye tetra in my shrimps tank with a lots of java moss, and other plants and they seem to me fine. But again there might be some babe shrimps got eaten unknow, however they still produce lots young.

Post Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:33 am
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I do agree with the person above that the safest bet would be corys or otos. Otherwise, you are always taking a risk with any fish being with shrimp.. However, I did have a 2.5 gallon with 3 endler guppies and 3 ghost shrimp and they got along just fine
2.5 gal (betta, 2 mystery snails)
2.5 gal (ghost shrimp, plus tons of babies!)
8 gal (soon to be a shrimp tank)
20 gal (2 chocolate gouramis, 6 rasboras, 3 endler guppies, 1 albino pleco, plants)
55 gal (BRAND NEW, just began cycling, many new plants)

Post Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:41 pm
mnnice Level 3 Member
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I had my cherry shrimp in with my black bar endlers.. Never seen any baby shrimp. I just moved the shrimp to their own tank.. Now hope to start seeing my shrimp population explode! I don't see any reason why you couldn't keep snails with shrimp though.

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