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Old 11-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Shrimp and cichlids

Are there any shrimp that can live side by side with cichlids if large enough or is it a wasted attempt? I am almost certain the answer is no but I've been surprised in my venture.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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None that I know of. I tryed that and thought it was going to work after a month but then they got to them.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #3
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You could try amano shrimp, but if they die, it's at least a 2 dollar per shrimp replacement.
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You should decide on who's going to have shrimp for dinner, you or your fish.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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You might be able to use a really large shrimp/cray (i.e. red claw yabbie/ malaysian giant freshwater prawn) that can defend itself but it's not something I've ever risked.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:15 AM   #6
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I had large crays in my mbuna tank and the fish ate them up quickly. The largest of the crays was 5" and they tore them apart and ate the insides. All that was left of them was peices of their shells.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:32 AM   #7
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I was thinking these kind of crays.

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Old 11-25-2012, 05:27 AM   #8
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I can confirm Amano shrimp don't work with anything Firemouth sized and up. I had 4 in my tank until I added my Firemouth, within 5 days I had bits and pieces of shrimp, Elvis my Firemouth was very happy with his catch.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:23 PM   #9
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What about a blue or tangerine lobster? Would they kill the smaller fish? Demasoni?
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:29 PM   #10
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Usually after time crayfish don't last either many people have tryed it. They think its going to work out till it molted and they get a hold of it. Not sure if its worth a try or not but I'd be leaning more towards not trying.

You can always try starting another tank to keep any of what all has been discussed. This would be the best way to go imo.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:20 PM   #11
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That's true. Think I might get some other tanks. I have bunches of extra equipment I decided not to use. One of the indie stores near by has a pure glass tank... 5 gal, with false background, fluvall internal, light and etc for 100$. But also found new group locally selling used equipment.
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