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Old 01-06-2010, 07:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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What a lucky spoiled betta. I once put a pet store betta into a 55 gallon tank. The poor guy was so out of shape from living in a jar that he couldn't swim for the first week. He'd just kind of float around on the currents. Even after he built up some muscle, he never did get the concept of living in a large tank. He'd swim for maybe a foot, turn around, and swim back in the other direction. He seemed lost without a glass wall to define his territory.

In a mixed fish tank I prefer Amano shrimp or red cherry shrimp over ghost shrimp. Ghost shrimp can be a little aggressive. My favs are the Amanos, as they are bigger and can't reproduce in fresh water. Red cherry shrimp reproduce like snails. I always feel bad when I accidentally vacuum up a shrimplet while cleaning the tank.

I really want a tank of mixed dojo loaches and goldfish. Dojos prefer cooler temperatures (65-75), as do goldfish, and they get get pretty big, again as do goldfish. Alas, I don't currently have a place where I could set up a 200 gallon tank to show them all off in their full splendor.
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I just love staring at our tank xD
the maintenance is all on my significant other so I just sit back and enjoy the pretty fish xD

we have fancy guppy fry and they are just about ready to be put in the big tank...but we're giving some to our friend 14FRY we have o.o ((all jade head))

my significant others favourite fish is his Violet Gobi... v.v;
that thing is so fugly and scary XDDD
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Dojos get big ._. the lady at the petstore told me they get 6 inches....



What do you mean by ghost shrimp being aggressive? Like they will try to eat my betta, or reproduce alot or what?


Today i put in a half coconut shell with some holes in it in the tank with some java moss tied to the top. It looks like a hobbit cave. My betta doesnt care for it though, the loach goes in the cave and sleeps. my betta preffers to sleep on the pothos leaves.

anyone know how long it takes for java moss to start really spreading?
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Two different kinds of shrimp get sold as ghost shrimp. The ones people normally think of as ghost shrimp are Palaemonetes. These guys are mostly shy and peaceful, though they can get grumpy with each other when crowded or in mating mode. They're scavengers, so I wouldn't put it past them to eat fish fry or anything small enough to fit in their mouths. Normally they aren't particularly aggressive hunters, though. Then there are Macrobrachium shrimp. There are a lot of different Macrobrachium species, and some look like Palaemonetes when young. If you are unlucky enough to get the wrong kind, it will grow up to be large, ill-tempered, and capable of hunting smaller fish or other shrimp.

Dojo loaches can get to be 10 inches. They are sociable and will snuggle with each other. I've been wanting some for a while now. Unfortunately, I'm not in a situation right now where I could have a big enough tank for a group, and I don't want to keep them in isolation.

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