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    Cichlids and Shrimp

    I have a severum in my planted 75 gallon and I was thinking about adding some larger shrimp to do some cleaning and add movement to the bottom of the tank, since my Cory cats like the leaf litter I added a bit too much and spend all day underneath it. However I'm aware that the Severum might find them to be a tasty snack. Would a severum eat shrimp that are too large to fit in his mouth whole?

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    A bamboo shrimp might be okay, but you would never see him due to the fish. I added amano to a clients discus tank. They had disappeared by next weeks maintenance. These were big 2"+ adult amano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenzu View Post
    A bamboo shrimp might be okay, but you would never see him due to the fish. I added amano to a clients discus tank. They had disappeared by next weeks maintenance. These were big 2"+ adult amano.
    Drat, I was hopeful but that's what I was afraid of. Oh well, maybe in my next tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeverumKeeper View Post
    Drat, I was hopeful but that's what I was afraid of. Oh well, maybe in my next tank.

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    Some people can get away with shrimp and fish, I have amanos in with my 2 figure 8 puffers and 1 green spotted puffer and they dont touch em. It really depends on the specific fish' temperament. Some fish are just more mellow than others. And theres alo differences when the fish get older. I don't expect my puffers to stay very friendly with the amano shrimp as they mature. And from experience I know pretty much all cichlids will munch down on a shrimp in a heartbeat, if they can't fit it in their mouth they will pick at it to get it into little pieces. Your best bet if you want to keep shrimp, and I recommend everyone try neocaridina at least once, your going to want to get yourself a little nano tank just for them.

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    More Tanks!

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    How many cory do you have? 75 gallon you should have like 15 of the same type to see them more often.

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    your severum will appreciate the tasty shrimp treats.

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    I agree while most fish it's hit or miss how they respond with shrimp and you can definitely try, a severum is pretty easy to predict, they are aggressive and predatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoof View Post
    How many cory do you have? 75 gallon you should have like 15 of the same type to see them more often.
    I have 12, they are pretty active and I do see them quite a bit but every once in a while they'll all go forage behind the rocks or under the leaves and I won't see any of them for a few hours.

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