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Old 06-02-2011, 09:50 PM   #51
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How often does your fish store get shipments? Also if I were to keep two kinds of rasboras would they make separate schools or would they just co-mingle, relatively because it isn't a huge tank
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #52
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How often does your fish store get shipments? Also if I were to keep two kinds of rasboras would they make separate schools or would they just co-mingle, relatively because it isn't a huge tank
Yes! In my 10 gal I have 3 harlequin rasboras and 3 Espe's (spelling?) Rasboras they do co mingle and are very colorful once they settle in. Very peaceful I also have 2 nerite snails in there...8 haven't had any luck with the shrimp...I had four and they died off one at a time
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:12 PM   #53
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Are shrimp delicate as well?
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #54
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my fish store gets shipments every week, but they don't get all types of fish every week.

As for different schools, its not like the fish won't survive but they usually do much better in larger groups. Also, then you can get a cooler viewing of schooling activities. With a mixed group they don't school as well.

I'm not sure about the hardiness of shrimp, but I haven't heard that they are extremely delicate either.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:42 AM   #55
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Are shrimp delicate as well?
Depends on which shrimp they are, I hear ghost shrimp are easily killed. I guess I can say from experience it is true, I bought 10 ghost from petsmart. Before I made it home, one of the smaller ones had died. A day or two later I had another casualty. Within the last two weeks I have had 2 more deaths. I read that copper based food is bad, and a lot of the pellet foods have copper in them, that may have been the cause of death. I did buy them from petsmart but I don't think that was the issue, sure they have a bad rep for their expertise on fish care but I'm not gonna knock them for a few shrimp dying within a week. Ghost shrimp usually run for $0.33 each so wasn't a huge loss.

I bought Amano shrimp from my lfs and I haven't had any deaths. All 6 are still alive and kickin. IMO the Amano's are more aggressive cleaners but aren't aggressive or territorial towards other tank mates. Amano shrimp here run $2.00-$3.00

RCS (Red Cherry Shrimp) are another popular breed. From what I know you can pretty much compare them to the Amano breed, except the rcs are much more vibrant, they have an amazing red color that shines through their exoskeleton. These are the shrimp I'm going to try my hand at breeding as I hear they are the easiest. (ie: they don't eat the fry (ghost), they don't need brackish water (amano)). The only down side to these are they cost quite a bit, especially since they are easy to breed and are pretty hardy. Going rate per rcs seems to be $3.00-$3.99. If you would like to go this route I suggest looking in the classified section on the forum or this site AquaBid.com - Sell or buy aquarium related equipment and fish in an auction format! (it's ebay for fish).

I hope some of what I have said was helpful and not to boring.

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Old 06-03-2011, 10:19 PM   #56
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and everyone keeps on saying ottos, but from what ive heard they die rather easily within the first month.
My tiny Otto was king of the tank from day one, he was pushed, shoved, kicked around by other fish and it never phased him. I use to be afraid that I might accidental bump into him or suck him up through the vac, now I have no worries. These little guys rock and are survivors.
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Has anyone kept ottos in a ten gallon with a betta....I think I saw another thread saying that was fine....mine is pretty aggressive:-/
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Has anyone kept ottos in a ten gallon with a betta....I think I saw another thread saying that was fine....mine is pretty aggressive:-/
Take the betta out and put him in a sort of QT for 2 weeks. While he's out, rearrange the decor, and add the little guys. Work on a backup plan for ottos if things don't work out as well. After the two weeks are up, put mr. Betta back in and watch him like a hawk. If he starts attacking, remove the ottos, and mr. Betta doesn't get more fishy friends.
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Ottos seem to work with a lot of aggressive fish in general. For puffers people have found success in only ottos. They just seem to ignore them. Follow what home dog said, you should be fine.
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Awesome idea! That's what I will do! I wanted to get more real plants and swap out the silk ones anyways. I want to add a flower pot too...
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