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I rescently got my first few Shrimp ever. I put them in a new tank with two Common Bristlenose Catfish. I have three Nija/Chameleon Shrimp and four Red Cherry Shrimp. And I was wondering what fish would be the best type of fish to keep with them. I want I nice school of fish to swim around in my tank, but I also want them to be friendly enough not to have a go at the Shrimp. Although I know all fish will want to or try to eat the shrimp, I would just like a fish that schools, remains ralitivly small and has a low chance of going for my shrimp.

Also, I was wondering what the shrimp eat, and how often I should feed them. I have read a lot on this but it all varies. I have given them spinach that has been put in hot water for one minute then cooled under some cold water, but the don't seem to be touching it. And once I do find the right food, should I feed them once ever two day, or once every week. The other thing is, will the eat the algi pellets that I feed to the Bristlenose Catfish?

Thanks in advanced! -Shr1mpie

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Hi @Shr1mpie. @jayc answered this very well here :

Personally I recommend keeping 'species only tanks' , Bristlenose will destroy your shrimp so definitely keep them separate.
As for feeding, Shrimp are scavengers they will normally graze on biofilm in established tanks. It's very important to give them a varied diet. I have found some of my shrimp love certain foods while others wont touch it. Giving them blanched veggies is a good idea, Apart from veggies I feed my shrimp a rotating diet of the following :





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Personally I have never had an issue with keeping Bristlenoses with shrimp, but there maybe issues with Peppermints as I believe they like a more protein diet.

If the chameleon shrimp are Caridina sp WA 4 you might find them a tad delicate compared with hardier cherry shrimp. I keep my chameleon shrimp (and other small natives separate to my cherry shrimp), for my native shrimp tank I always pre-age the new water going into their tank for water changes, where as the cherry shrimp seem to thrive on just using fresh treated tap water.

As for fish I have had no issues with keeping Spotted Blue Eyes with my small native shrimp and my black cherry shrimp are breeding well in a tank with Pacific Blue Eyes and even whiptail catfish.

In another tank I have Khuli loaches and Dwarf Chain loaches both of which seem to leave the shrimp alone since the tank is always teeming with shrimp and the BN's are always breeding and having fry in the tank. There are also guppys in this tank which also seem to leave the shrimp alone.

Most Rainbow fish are going to be a big NO, since most get big and so far my monster ones have eaten every single cull cherry shrimp that has ever entered their tank. Gudgeons are also another no go with shrimp. Threadfin rainbows however should be ok to keep with shrimp since the threadfins have tiny mouths.

I have personally seen Siamese Fighters go either way with shrimp, either hunt every single one and eat them or totally ignore them. And even tiny sparkling gouramis I have seen tear shrimp apart.

While there are not many shrimp or fish in the tank the shrimp will probably be fine with whatever the BN's don't eat. And yes the shrimp will come out and eat the catfish pellets. My shrimp get a mix of whatever the fish are eating from tropical flakes through to different sinking wafers and pellets designed for catfish and shrimp, they also get Indian Almond Leaves and mulberry leaves and Nori sheets.

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@Baccus @Jarad Thanks everyone, that was some really helpful information, exactly what I needed. As for keeping my Bristlenose seperate, I have read in many places that they are fine to keep together, in fact the breeder I got my Shrimp is the same breeder I got my Bristlenose, and he kept them together. But I will still watch them, and see how they do.

I am thinking of getting another tank just for breeding my cherry shrimp. And my main tank will just be for the fact of keeping fish. Although I am goning to wait for my Shrimp to get bigger before getting fish, as the are still very little.

Thanks again! -Sh1mpie

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