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[APD] Compatibility of Rosy Barbs & other fish with Freshwater shrimp
Lorenzo asked about issues between fish and shrimp.
My Amano's have had no issues with other fish but on two separate occasions
(about a year between occurrences so it was not the same group of fish), I
have had FFF (Florida flag fish) cause problems. They didn't bother the
Amano's but shredded, and I mean literally shredded, the ghost shrimp. Not
one or two, all of them.
The tank had plenty of algae and I fed the discus heavily several times a
day. I thought the first time was an isolated incident with a group of
psycho fish. These lawnmowers on crack almost wiped out my mini-riccia in
between attacking innocent shrimp. A year or so later, I tried them again
since they supposedly eat cladophora. The replacement ghost shrimp were
also murdered and my recovered mini-riccia was attacked but not badly. Just
as a precaution, I kept closer tabs on them. They started the exact same
stunts as the previous batch and were removed. They came very close to
becoming fertilizer in my front yard!
I didn't have cherry or bumblebee shrimp at the time but I suspect they
would have met a similar fate due to their size.
I will not put flag fish in my tank again nor will I ever recommend them to
anyone. There are some APDers who have posted similar experiences to mine
yet others have had great success with them.
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