Do Betta Fish Eat Shrimp and Other Fish? 0 149

Do betta fish eat shrimp?

Given their alternative name of Siamese or Japanese “fighting fish”, bettas have a reputation for being aggressive.

Exactly how aggressive depends on the personality of the individual fish, but there is no doubt that bettas will sometimes fight other fish.

But do they eat other fish? And do they eat shrimp? Read on to find out…

 

Do betta fish eat other fish?

We should start by saying that betta fish are highly territorial. They will live quite happily on their own, and prefer to do so. That doesn’t mean you can’t keep other fish with bettas, but you do need to be careful.

If you keep a betta fish in a tank with other fish they aren’t going to suddenly devour every other fish in the tank, but they may do damage. If a fish dies from this damage, or another cause, then your betta fish may eat it.

Here are a few important things to remember when keeping betta fish with other fish:

  • Never choose companion fish that are prone to nibble. This will not go down well with your betta.
  • Always make sure fish have a place to escape to if they feel nervous.
  • Keep other fish, such as neon tetras, in shoals of at least six.
  • Make sure your tank is big enough. 10 to 15 gallons is a good size tank if you’re keeping other fish with your betta.
  • Bottom dwelling fish such as plecs often make good tank mates for bettas.

If you remember all of these things then you should be able to keep other fish with your betta. However, you also have to remember that all bettas have different personalities. Some are more vicious than others.

If you’re keeping other fish with your betta just be aware that bettas do fight, and have been known to kill other fish: not for food, but for territory. Bettas will only eat other fish if they are already dead, but territorial fighting can often be the cause of that death.

Do better fish eat shrimp?

People often want to keep shrimp, such as ghost shrimp or cherry shrimp, in their fish tank. But is this a good idea if you have a betta fish? Will your betta fish eat shrimp?

The answer to this is, yes they often will!

This doesn’t mean that betta fish can’t live in the same tank as shrimp. It just means you have to be very careful. Here are a couple of points to think about.

  • Know your betta and how aggressive it is. The more aggressive the betta, the more likely it is to want shrimp for dinner!
  • Smaller shrimp are always more likely to get eaten.
  • It may be worth having a hiding place in the tank that only the shrimp can access.
  • Always try introducing just a few shrimp at first, in case your betta eats them.

Betta fish prefer being on their own, but you may want to brighten your tank by keeping other fish with your betta. You can do this successfully as long as you keep the right type of fish. If you don’t then your betta may injure or kill them. If a fish is already dead then a betta fish may eat it.

If you want to keep shrimp with your betta then be prepared for casualties. Bettas do eat shrimp, but that doesn’t mean they will. You can put them together and they may exist quite happily in the same tank. It’s a question of taking a chance and seeing how your individual betta responds.

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 103

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Photo: Tortoise by snowmentality licensed under Creative commons 2

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 154

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.