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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1237

I can assure you that brackish water is not needed! At
least for ghost shrimp. I have them breeding at a pace
that is worrying me. There are many more shrimp than
fish in my tank, and I started with 10 shrimp. I have
around 40 fish in the tank. I have dwarf cichlids and
discus in there and I have once seen the large male
dwarf cichlid eating a shrimp. The shrimp was dead,
but I do not know if the dwarf cichlid is to blame.
The fish do not dent the shrimp population and it has
reached uncountable numbers.

Scott McLaughlin
(no realtion that I know of)

Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 16:43:46 -0400
From: "Alysoun McLaughlin"
<alysoun.mclaughlin at ncsl_org>
Subject: Re: Amano shrimp

GWAPA, the new Washington, D.C. aquatic plant group
(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gwapa), is doing a bulk
order of Amano 
this weekend.

I've never kept them because the ghost shrimp that
I've put into my 
have been... well, expensive live food for dwarf
cichlids and bettas.  
don't mind that at less than 10 cents a pop, but I
don't plan to throw 
kind of money away on Amano shrimp.  Now, however, I'm
moving and might 
up, for the first time in a while, multiple tanks for
different kinds 
fish and plants.  That would allow me to keep the
shrimp with "safe" 

So here's the question... what's a "safe" fish to keep
with these 
shrimp?  I
know dwarf cichlids are out, and I've watched female
bettas track down 
slurp up good-sized ghost shrimp.  I imagine that a
larger gourami 
would as
well, but I don't remember whether dwarf gouramis did
or not.  Congo 
bite hard enough that I probably wouldn't risk it. 
Smaller tetras, 
I'm sure would be fine.  I imagine that larger loaches
are out of the
question.  How about the smaller botia striata?  The
platies that I've 
breeding like mad in a container outside?  Other

Alysoun McLaughlin
Wheaton, MD

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