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StephenR

I,m about to set up a tank with shrimps and a few fish. Pictures of other people's tanks often include Neon Tetras but I have not seen any with the Cardinal Tetras that I would like to keep - is there a reason for this ?

Would Cardinals be ok with the shrimps ?

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jayc

Hi StephenR

firstly welcome to SKF.

Cardinals don't go with shrimps for several reasons.

Cardinals are much bigger than neons, and they have been know to harass and eat shrimp. I have seen Cardinals hunt shrimp by chasing and biting shrimps legs, antenna, and tail, until the shrimp is dead.

I wouldn't even recommend keeping Neons with Shrimp. You never know.

 

Cardinals also prefer warm 27-28deg C temperatures. 

Shrimp prefer cool 22-23deg C temperatures.

 

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