View Full Version : Betta and shrimp?

05-30-2006, 03:56 PM
Would the shrimp just make a good meal, or can they coexist?

05-30-2006, 06:47 PM
I've tried that with 2 bettas at the same time. Each was in a 2.5 gallon with 3 shrimp. Both tanks had lots of fake plants and hiding places on the bottom.

One of them got along just fine. The betta would flare and show himself off for the shrimp but never nipped them.

I had to rescue the other shrimp from the other betta in a matter of hours, because he took off *all* their antannae! He was stalking them and attacking them, no flaring at all.

So my experience is that it really depends on how mellow your betta is. Also, I'd imagine that if the tank was bigger, it would be easier to accomplish. Also, they were biggish amano shrimp, I've never had any other kind.

HTH, Ellen

05-30-2006, 09:56 PM
Well, I've got a 2.5gal too. I guess I'll pass for now. Thanks for the info.

06-07-2006, 10:56 AM
This is a little late but, I agree, it depends on your betta. *I have mine with 2 ghost shrimp, 2 mystery snails, a Mickey Mouse platy, & zebra danios in a 30 gallon. *He doesn't bother anything in his 30 gallon aquarium.

06-07-2006, 02:26 PM
Yes, it's true.
Bettas do have personalaty. * *Usually they will not bother anything half their size or larger, but while one may tolerate a male guppy constantly trying to poke him, another will eliminate the offending fish.
Usually they will find a shady spot an hang out with regular trips to the surface to get some air. * They do love to hide and pounce on bugs and small snails and even unsupecting fry. * While one will take food pelets from your hand, another will bite your fingers to tet the food and a third will hide on the other end of the tank and never come near your hand.

06-26-2006, 01:21 PM
I had a 2.5 gallon tank with Betta, and when I introduced 4 ghost shrimps ... he killed all of them within minutes. *I later tried to introduce two platties, which he harassed for hourse before i finally moved them to me 30 gallon tank. *I think I just go one mean sucker of a betta.