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Old 01-25-2015, 07:08 PM   #81
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I'm thinking once I've let it sit and cycle (and stabilize temperature) for a week, I'd love to do a shrimp + betta combo. Of course, I'm concerned about space, but I'd rather have a betta than anything.

Does anyone have suggestions? I see RCS on eBay a lot (aquaticmagic is the seller I usually go to for plants and they have shrimp too), but would Amazon be better? Would 3-5 shrimp plus a betta be too much?
I live in St. Louis MO, and independent fishy stores are few and far between. I figured I'd get a betta from PetCo when the time came.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:32 PM   #82
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You could do a fish-in (or shrimp-in) cycle as long as you keep up with the water changes. Test frequently.
I would check in the AA classified section for RCS and see who is selling them. You could put in a "I'm looking for RCS" post there as well.
I am wary about receiving livestock this time of year, but that's me.
I have had better success with RCS from AA members than the ones from the LFS. I cannot comment on the ones from eBay/Amazon.


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I'm thinking once I've let it sit and cycle (and stabilize temperature) for a week, I'd love to do a shrimp + betta combo. Of course, I'm concerned about space, but I'd rather have a betta than anything.

Does anyone have suggestions? I see RCS on eBay a lot (aquaticmagic is the seller I usually go to for plants and they have shrimp too), but would Amazon be better? Would 3-5 shrimp plus a betta be too much?
I live in St. Louis MO, and independent fishy stores are few and far between. I figured I'd get a betta from PetCo when the time came.
Bioload-wise, it would be fine in my opinion. However, just as a heads up, many bettas don't coexist well with rcs. Especially not in smaller tanks. Bettas tend to hunt them down one by one. Sometimes it works, but from what I have seen, those times are the minority. I suggest all shrimp, or else just a betta. Maybe a betta and some ghost shrimp?
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Hmmm... Maybe I'll start with shrimp and then introduce the betta. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews online about it and it seems to just depend on the fish.

Has anyone had experience with the baby bettas at PetCo? I was considering them, figuring/hoping if it grows up with shrimp, it'll care less about them as food.
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I had a baby betta in with rcs, he would ram them and they'd keel over and die.. it was like a game for him..

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Hmmm... Maybe I'll start with shrimp and then introduce the betta. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews online about it and it seems to just depend on the fish.

Has anyone had experience with the baby bettas at PetCo? I was considering them, figuring/hoping if it grows up with shrimp, it'll care less about them as food.
My last betta was a baby from PetCo. Didn't keep him with anything but he lived for almost 5 years.
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I'm thinking once I've let it sit and cycle (and stabilize temperature) for a week, I'd love to do a shrimp + betta combo. Of course, I'm concerned about space, but I'd rather have a betta than anything.

Does anyone have suggestions? I see RCS on eBay a lot (aquaticmagic is the seller I usually go to for plants and they have shrimp too), but would Amazon be better? Would 3-5 shrimp plus a betta be too much?
I live in St. Louis MO, and independent fishy stores are few and far between. I figured I'd get a betta from PetCo when the time came.
I think the only seller on Amazon is InvertObsession, which is aquaticarts.com

I've ordered RCS from Bobs Tropical Plants, Shrimp USA, and a couple of different eBay sellers.
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Got it, thanks!!
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A lot of people on here sell RCS. I got mine from majbarsalona and they are great.


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Here is a link for aquarium clubs and societies in your state: http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/aq...rium-Clubs.htm
MASI (Missouris Aquarium Society, Inc) is having an auction FEB 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (airport). You should check it out and/or check out the fish club. It may make up for the lack of LFS' in your area.
No, I don't belong to those clubs. Been to St Louis once many, many years ago.


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