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Congos and Shrimp

>I am in love with the Congo Tetra.  I want the (mobile)
>centerpiece of this tank to be a big meatball of them.  Like 30 of them.  If
>I bought them small, and kept them fed, are they likely to prey on the Amano
>shrimp?  I can see a danger, given that they are a relatively large fish
>when they mature.  And they do develop a relatively large mouth.  If I
>raised them on a predictable diet, would they even seek anything outside
>their food?  

I keep a dozen full grown Congos in my 125, which also houses an unknown
number of Amano shrimp.  I hardly ever see the shrimp, which may mean that
the Congos can't find them either, but there are still definitely a number
of them in there, as from time to time I find them in a small :tide pool"
(for lack of a better term) that forms in the top of a large piece of
driftwood in the tank.  This is right under the MH's, and I think that it
grows some of the only algae available in the tank.  I think this is why
they go there.  

I'm not saying a Congo wouldn't make a meal out of an AMano shrimp if the
opportunity presented itself, but at least in y heavily planted tank, the
shimp seem to find plenty of cover.  I also have a red tailed shark and a
couple of Synos in the tank, and they haven't been able to wipe out the
shrimp either.

>And are there any other nasty things that might come up with
>Congo Tetras that I should be aware of before I actually spend that much
>money on them?

I don't know if I'd call it "nasty", but you should know that they _do_ eat
some plants.  Not enough that good strong growth can't more than keep up
with them, but I wouldn't put them in with a lot of delicate, "precious"
plant material.  Still I' happily accept the fact that they eat a lef here
and their in return for the beauty they add to a tank.

Re; Jobes Spikes, contact Dave Gomberg.  I believe he's bought up the whole
North American supply ;-)