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    Tetra and shrimp in a tank

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    Is it possible to mix in a small 1ft tank? Will tetra attack shrimp?

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Depends on the type of shrimp (amano/rcs) and tetra (neon/red eye tetra etc.)

    Even the smallest tetras will eat baby shrimps, but smaller tetras wont touch amano shrimps.


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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    What sort of shrimp you plan to keep?

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Fish will always try to see if they can snack on shrimps.
    You can forget about breeding shrimps. but putting them together is ok. you will see the fishes keep harassing the shrimps.
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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Well I mixed them in my 20L tank. They can survive but when they molt, I can tell you is a buffet for Tetras haha~ 10 Red Cherry Shrimp die within 2 weeks.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    I intend to keep those small white with red spot kind of shrimp. Sorry don't know what are the names. Where to read up the types of shrimps available?
    I feel like keeping cardinal tetra.
    Maybe skip that for now. How about those small algae a eater? Will eat shrimp? Already have 2 algae eater in the tank

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    I am very sure.. Given the opportunity, tetras will definitely snack on shrimps, especially shrimplets.

    I used to have a total of about 20+ shrimps and shrimplets in a 40L. Introduced 6 rummies and one week. Thats it!


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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Quote Originally Posted by citytypez View Post
    I intend to keep those small white with red spot kind of shrimp. Sorry don't know what are the names. Where to read up the types of shrimps available?
    I feel like keeping cardinal tetra.
    Maybe skip that for now. How about those small algae a eater? Will eat shrimp? Already have 2 algae eater in the tank
    I think you are looking at Crystal red shrimps aka CRS. Keeping them with cardinals you will constantly have stressed adults especially during molting and near zero survivability of shrimplets. The only algae eater i know of that does not disturb/eat both adults or shrimplets are Otos.

    Hope it helped.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    thanks. I think the shop keeper in Yishun told me is Otos. black looking kind

    Quote Originally Posted by FabianLee View Post
    I think you are looking at Crystal red shrimps aka CRS. Keeping them with cardinals you will constantly have stressed adults especially during molting and near zero survivability of shrimplets. The only algae eater i know of that does not disturb/eat both adults or shrimplets are Otos.

    Hope it helped.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    If you can't find in the future or currently, Otocinclus affinis is the full name, or those uncle often call them "xiao jing ling" because some that i know of does not know their name in english.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Yes I googled it that is the one I have.
    Anyone know where I can read out the common shrimp species in Singapore?
    Which one you recommend to keep? I like colorful typr

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    I would not suggest CRS shrimps if it is your first time keeping shrimps.

    Perhaps hardier shrimps such as Sakura would be a good choice. However they are not "colourful", as they are just red in colour.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Used to have 20 RCS in my community tank with cardinals and other few tetras. Everytime I find a molt , I have a few missing shrimps.

    Try to provide hiding places for your shrimps. My tank doesn't have much hiding spots, so my tetras could have harassed my molted shrimp to death.

    As other bros mentioned, try to avoid CRS (Crystal Red Shrimp) if you are just starting out, get a few cherries or sakuras if you plan on keeping shrimp and see how it goes.


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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    No fan they can survive?

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    My RCS did fine at 29C. So yes, they can survive , make sure it doesn't get too hot, or you going to have poached shrimps.

    However I think they do prefer a slightly lower temperature, 22-25C (other masters please correct me if I'm wrong). So if you want to dote on your shrimps like me, a cheap fan will do.


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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Don't be like me and put fish and shrimps together.
    All my baby shrimplets disappear overnight.
    I believe fan is a must if u don't have a chiller.
    Prevention is key!

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    i have both 12 cardinals & fire red shrimps together in a 2ft tank, shrimps populations increase from initial 8 to countless now for the past 2 years. ideally you should have some hiding places for the shrimps i think. anyway, to me, it doesn't mean you can't keep both together.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Jimmy want to sell me some shrimp?

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    i have 15 cardinal and 10 rummy with 10 yamato. They are getting a long well.

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    Re: Tetra and shrimp in a tank

    Hi all, im a beginner in keeping a tank. Just on sat, i bought some sakura shrimps and put into my nano tank with 2 lampeyes, 1 guppy and 5 endlers guppies. All looks ok, the sakura shrimps at first tend to hide but everything looks fine on sunday where the sakura shrimps came out and roam around the tank. The fishes do not disturb them.

    Then yesterday evening, when i came home, i found a dead shrimp with blue black patches on the skin. And no shrimps nor fish is attacking it to eat it. What would be the likely cause of the death? That particular shrimp is the largest in the pack i bought and the colour is different from the rest of the sakura shrimps, it's red with little white spots.

    Thank you very much for the advices.

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