Сherry Shrimp in a Community Tank. Tips to Make it Successful

Fish and shrimp Community tank

There is one thing that beginner aquarists asked the most. Can shrimp go with this or that fish? Are there any safe fish for the shrimp? What chances do the shrimp have in a community tank?

The reality is that the vast majority of fish are opportunistic. If they can eat the shrimp they certainly will. Even some of the obligate grazers will opportunistically mouth shrimp, which can be fatal. Particularly, with newly hatched shrimp, which are extremely small. This means that basically, any fish can eat them. So what you are going to find is that in most cases it depends on the individual temperament of the fish.

Unfortunately, there is no universal compatibility table for shrimp and fish. It simply does not exist. The results are very contradictory. There are some aquarists who managed to combine the incompatible.

That is why you can hear different stories about how some people could keep shrimp with, for example, Oscar or Goldfish. If it works for them it does not mean that it will work for you. This is the sad truth that we have to accept.

Nonetheless, if you are willing to take your chances, there are ways to increase the survival rate of the shrimp.

1. Hiding Places

This is the absolute number one matter. Shrimp are inoffensive and cannot protect themselves from the fish. They occupy the bottom of the food chain and they know it. If you provide areas of dense planting, (shrimp just love java moss) and adequate hiding spaces (caves, tubes, driftwood, decorations etc.) you will give your shrimp more chances to survive. They need to have places to get away from unwanted attention.

Note: Have you ever thought why in nature shrimp do not have bright and beautiful colors? The answer is obvious, actually. It helps them to camouflage from predators by imitating the surroundings. Shrimp breeders took away this defense mechanism and without hiding places, shrimp shines like a beacon for the fish.

You can read more about “Driftwood in Shrimp tank” right here.

2. Introduction Shrimp to the Aquarium

The next thing is how you introduce the shrimp to the tank. Ideally, you need to place shrimp first. Let them establish themselves before adding any other fish.

Once the colony is breeding and growing, then you can think about adding some smaller fish. It is really hard to explain why but for some reason shrimp do better in this case. Maybe that is because the new fish is scared in the new environment. Thus, they do not see the shrimp as food.

Another point is that ideally fish should be introduced as juveniles. In this case, your fish will get used to the shrimp from the beginning. Of course, it cannot guarantee 100% safety but the practice shows that it works and makes a difference.

OK, but what should we do when we already have the fish tank? How can we add shrimp? Well, at least just do not do that in day time! This is a common mistake. People start adding shrimp and immediately watch the massacre. 


Because your fish took them for food. Thus, to avoid it, turn off the lights completely for a couple of hours or put the shrimp in the night time when the fish tend to settle down.

3. Aquarium Size

Well, it is obvious that the larger the size of the aquarium, the more comfortable will be the coexistence of shrimp and fish. In a small aquarium, even the friendliest fish can harm shrimp or even another fish.

Aquarium fishes are more aggressive in reduced environments. On the contrary, an increase in the tank size and complexity can reduce harmful aggressive behaviors of the fish. Do not overpopulate your aquarium.

4. Feeding the Fish

This is also a very important question. If you are used to feeding your fish once a day with a pinch of dry, cheap food, then be prepared for the fact that even the friendliest fish will definitely taste the shrimp at some point.

I suppose anything if it is hungry enough is going to try, and eat anything else. As a rule, having tried once, they will try it in the future. However, if you keep everybody well-fed, hopefully, they will not start looking at each other as if they are a tasty snack.

Of course, that brings up its own problems. Obviously, the more you are feeding the more you need to look after your tank.

5. Fish Breeding and Shrimp Coexistence

If you are planning a successful breeding fish in a shrimp tank, then remember that shrimp can damage fish eggs. Also, do not forget that some fish guard their nests, and they are very aggressive during the spawning period. This is not good for the shrimp, who swarm in all corners of the aquarium. 

Therefore, these are the ways to improve the survival rate of your shrimp population in the community aquarium. It is better to learn from the mistakes of others than from your own.

Now let’s look at the compatibility of red cherry shrimp based on the experience of aquarists. Actually, you can use it with other types of shrimp as well (bees, green, yellow, blue, snowball shrimp, Indian, cardinal shrimp, tiger, glass). The lists are not in order of priority.

Best Neighbor

Otocinclus Catfish

Zebra Otocinclus (Otocinclus Cocama)It is hands down the best neighbor for the shrimp. This is a very peaceful fish. They will never bother adult shrimp and they are like 99% safe for the shrimplets. If “something” happens it is a pure accident.

People have seen them suck up baby shrimp only to spit them out. Also with this fish, you will not have an algae problem in your tank anymore.
Average adult size: 1.5 – 2 inches (3.8 – 5 cm)

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Relatively Peaceful Neighbors

None of them will usually pick on the adult shrimp intentionally. They are the best neighbors for any species of shrimp, as a rule, they completely ignore the shrimp.

Remember even though a fish may be a non-aggressive plant eater it does not mean they will not snack on the occasional free protein source like baby shrimp.

1. Pygmy Cory Catfish (Corydoras Pygmaeus) and Panda Cory Cat

Pygmy Cory Catfish (Corydoras pygmaeus)There are lots and lots of examples of the peaceful coexistence of this fish with shrimp. I have seen

Pygmy Cory next to baby cherry shrimp and it did not show any interest.
Average adult size: 1.4 inches (3 cm)

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2. Panda Garra (Garra flavatra)

Panda Garra – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingGenerally peaceful and active fish. It is compatible with other peaceful fish and invertebrates.

Nonetheless, you need to be very cautious and be prepared to relocate them once they grow a bit larger than the size of the shrimp as they are omnivores and can start preying on smaller animals (tiny shrimplets) until they grow up.

Average adult size:  2.8 – 3.5 inches (7 – 9 cm)

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3. Albino Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus cirrhosus)

Albino Bristlenose Pleco – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingA generally peaceful and hardy species, the Albino Bristlenose Pleco is an excellent, undemanding candidate to be a shrimp neighbor. 

They will usually ignore everybody in the aquarium. Although it is possible that small shrimp fry might fall prey to the Albino Bristlenose Pleco.

However, some large-scale shrimp suppliers breed Bristlenose Plecos in the same pools they use for shrimp breeding.
Average adult size:  3 – 5 inches (7 – 12 cm)

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4. Chinese Hillstream Butterfly Loach (Beaufortia sp.)

Butterfly Hillstream Loach – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingDue to its relatively small size and peaceful nature, it is possible to keep this fish with cherry shrimp.

Although it might eat a few of their shrimplets. Shrimp are particularly good tankmates in larger aquariums where they can find areas of lower water flow.

Average Adult Size: 2.5 – 3 inches (6.5 – 7.5 cm)

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5. Royal Farlowella (Sturisoma panamense)

Royal Farlowella (Sturisoma panamense) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingDespite its size, Royal Farlowella will get along with all our small fish and shrimps in your aquarium.

It is possible that larger specimens will eat very small shrimp. However, many aquarists keep the Royal Farlowella with their shrimp colonies with no problems.

Average adult size:  5 – 8 inches (12 – 20 cm)

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6. Borneo Sucker (Gastromyzon sp.)

Borneo Sucker – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThis fascinating, peaceful fish is an alga and biofilm grazer.  Due to its small size and specific diet, they will not bother dwarf shrimp at all.

Adult shrimp are particularly good tankmates in larger aquariums. Although it might eat shrimplets by mistake.

Average Adult Size: 1.4 – 1.6 inches (3.5 – 4 cm).

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7. L260 Queen Arabesque Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)

Queen Arabesque L260 Pleco (Hypancistrus sp) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingAll other fish tankmates will be generally ignored, although it is likely that juvenile and subadult dwarf shrimp will fall prey to the Queen Arabesque Pleco.

However, ornamental snails (like Nerite snails,  Malaysian Trumpet SnailAssassin snail, etc.) will not be bothered. In addition, there should not be problems with large shrimp species like Amano shrimp, Bamboo shrimp, and Vampire shrimp.

Average adult size: 3.5 – 4 inches (8 – 10 cm)

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8. Barboides Gracilis (Dwarf Ember Barbs)

Barboides gracilis (Dwarf Ember Barb) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThis peaceful fish will be a good choice for the community tank. In nature, they feed on small larvae, worms, insects, and other zooplankton.

However, because of their small size, Dwarf Ember Barbs may be a threat only to newly-hatched shrimp.

Average adult size: 0.6 – 0.75 inches (1.6 – 1.8cm)

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9. Threadfin Rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri)

Threadfin Rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThese fish inhabit the middle and upper areas of the aquarium. Because of their small mouths, even fully-grown Rainbowfish are safe to keep with shrimp.

Threadfin Rainbowfish are able to eat only tiny particles of food. Therefore, shrimplets that are 1 – 2 weeks old will be already too big for them to eat.

Another great thing about Threadfin Rainbowfish is that they are not nippers.

Average adult size:  1.2 – 1.6 inches (3 – 4 cm)

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10. The Medaka Ricefish (Oryzias latipes)

Medaka Ricefish (Oryzias latipes) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThis is a rare and brilliant Japanese Ricefish, which is also one of the hardiest and most adaptable fish in the world! The Medaka Ricefish typically occupies the middle and top levels of the water column. 

Excellent compatibility with adult cherry shrimp. However, it may start hunting down only recently hatched baby shrimp.

So if you planning to keep the Medaka Ricefish with shrimp, plenty of plants and cover are recommended.

Average adult size: 1.2 – 1.6 inches (3 – 4 cm)

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11. The Clown Killifish (Epiplatys annulatus)

Clown Killifish (Epiplatys annulatus) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThis is a tiny, cute and peaceful fish. The Clown Killifish occupies the top level of the water column almost exclusively. The clown killifish is possibly compatible with invertebrate species that thrive in low water flow.

Nonetheless, there are complaints that they can also become aggressive and eat shrimplets up to 1cm long.

Average Adult Size: 1.2 – 1.4 inches (3 – 3.5 cm)

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12. Pygmy Swordtails (Xiphophorus pygmaeus)

Xiphophorus Pygmaeus – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingXiphophorus pygmaeus is generally compatible with dwarf shrimp in the tank.

However, it is important to note that individual fish may exhibit different levels of aggression towards shrimplets, and there is always a risk that the fish may prey on or harass them.

Therefore, it is still recommended to closely monitor their interactions and provide plenty of hiding places and vegetation for the shrimp to seek refuge if needed.

Average Adult Size: 1 to 1.5 inches (29 – 40 mm).

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13. Red Fin Dwarf Plecos (Parotocinclus maculicauda)

Parotocinclus maculicauda (Red Fin Dwarf Pleco) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingRed Fin Dwarf Plecos are generally peaceful towards adult dwarf shrimp, posing no threat to them. However, newly hatched shrimp are at risk of being eaten if caught by these fish.

Luckily, Red Fin Dwarf Plecos are not relentless hunters and do not actively pursue shrimplets. This behavior indicates that while there is a potential risk to young shrimp, these fish are not overly aggressive predators, providing some reassurance for shrimp keepers in community tanks.

Nonehteless, I would not keep them with expensive shrimp.

Average Adult Size: 1.6 to 2.4 inches (4 – 6 cm).

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14. Chili Rasboras (Boraras brigittae)

Chili Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingBoraras brigittae is generally considered safe to keep in a shrimp tank, especially with adult or juvenile dwarf shrimp that are a few weeks old.

Since they are not active hunters and mainly inhabit the upper and middle layers of the tank, their encounters with shrimp fry are minimal. As a result, they are often regarded as excellent tank mates for shrimp, with observations showing that the shrimp population continues to thrive even with the presence of Chili Rasboras.

However, if your goal is to keep and breed expensive shrimp, it’s wise to exclude even Chili Rasboras from the aquarium, as some of the newly hatched shrimp could potentially be eaten. 

Average Adult Size: 0.6 to 0.8 inches (1.5 – 2 cm).

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Conditionally Peaceful Neighbors

They will eat small shrimps for a snack but will not touch an adult shrimp in most cases. You need to give your shrimp a lot of places to hide.

Frankly saying, I would especially focus on live-bearers. If they are able to eat their fry, then what can we say about shrimps and or baby shrimps? Let me remind you once again, that they will be peaceful only if you properly follow the factors described above.

1. Ruby tetra (Axelrodia riesei)

Ruby Tetra (Axelrodia riesei) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingAlthough it is possible to keep Ruby Tetras with dwarf shrimp, but it may not always be successful. Ruby Tetras are generally peaceful fish and are not known to be aggressive towards adult dwarf shrimp. However, there is always a risk that the tetras may eat young shrimp, especially if the tetras are not well-fed.

Thus, I would not recommend keeping them with shrimp. They prefer small live food so baby shrimp would become an easy target.

Average Adult Size: 0.8 – 1.2 inches (2 – 3 cm) long.

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2. Ghost Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus)

Ghost Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and Breeding - mainThe Ghost Glass Catfish, like most catfish, is a predator, but it has a relatively small mouth. Therefore, Ghost Glass Catfish usually do not pose a threat to adult shrimp.

However, it is important to consider the size of the shrimp relative to the catfish. Very small shrimp, such as newborn or juvenile shrimp, will potentially be seen as food.

Therefore, it is recommended to aboive keeping these fish in shrimp breeding tanks. 

Average adult size:  2 – 3 inches (6 – 8 cm) long.

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3. Small Guppy

Guppies can be a problem for small shrimp. Their small size makes them safe with all fish and even small shrimp that most fish will eat.

Nonetheless, breeding shrimp in the same tank with guppies is almost impossible. After all, they eat their own fry. The guppies are just too inquisitive, and small enough to get into most crevices.

Average adult size:  2.5 inches (6.3 cm) long.

4. Endler’s (Poecilia wingei)

Endlers – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingEndlers typically occupy the top level of the water column, although they can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well.

Adult cherry shrimp are generally safe. However, like guppy, despite providing lots of moss, the endler’s will dig into the protective moss, scaring the small fry out and then they feed on the fry. It can be very difficult to breed shrimp with Endlers.

Average Adult Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.

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5. The Dwarf Chain Loach (Ambastaia sidthimunki)

The Dwarf Chain Loach (Botia sidthimunki) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThe Dwarf Chain Loach, like most typical loaches, often preys on tiny shrimp and snails. I would not recommend keeping this fish with cherry shrimp. In addition, I would recommend caution in keeping it with adult shrimp in a smaller tank.

Most definitely, the shrimp population is expected to decrease drastically over time. It is advised to consider larger shrimp species, such as Amano shrimp, which are less likely to become prey if you wish to keep these fish with shrimp.

Average adult size:  1.5 – 2 inches (3 – 5.5 cm) long.

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6. Neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)

Neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingNeon tetras occupy the top level of the water column almost exclusively.

However, I would not recommend keeping this fish with shrimp colonies due to the likeliness of the neon tetra eating baby shrimp and potentially picking at juvenile or even adult shrimp.

Average adult size:  1.6 inches (4 cm) long.

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7. Southern platyfish (Xiphophorus maculatus)

Southern platyfish (Xiphophorus maculatus) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThere is always a chance that your platies will harass the shrimp to death, even if they cannot eat the adults directly. It is very likely that you will not see shrimplets in your aquarium anymore.

I strongly do not recommend keeping these fish with dwarf shrimp.

Average adult size:  1.5 – 2.5 inches (4 – 6 cm) long.

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8. Harlequin Rasboras (Rasbora heteromorpha)

Harlequin Rasboras (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingRasboras are voracious little critters. Luckily, they usually stay at the top of the tank. Harlequins will not touch shrimp as long as they are big enough for their mouth.

Note that they do like to eat live food, so if you are trying to breed shrimp then keeping them together is not such a good idea when the babies start popping out.

Average adult size:  1.4 – 1.8 inches (3.5 – 4.5 cm) long.

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9. Danio rerio (The zebrafish)

Zebrafish (Danio Rerio) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingZebrafish are omnivorous, primarily eating zooplankton, phytoplankton, insects, and small invertebrates.

In nature, adult Zebrafish are often fed with brine shrimp (at a maximum length of just over 1 cm (0.4 inches). That should give you an idea about this fish.

These small fish are extremely active and curios, it may become a huge problem for any molting shrimp. In addition, they are very aggressive eaters, Zebrafish will not hesitate to take shrimp food as well.

Average adult size:  1.2 – 1.6 inches (3 – 4 cm) long.

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10. Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii)

Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingIt is an omnivore, so it will potentially prey on smaller shrimp and their babies, but it is otherwise safe to keep with peaceful invertebrates as well.

Nonetheless, some people say that they killed all shrimp in the tank even adults. Once they decide to hunt the shrimp down, plants will not save the shrimp. Personally, I would never risk putting swordfish in a shrimp tank.

Average adult size:  4 – 5 inches (10 – 12 cm) long.

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11. Rummy nose Tetra (Hemigrammus sp.)

Brilliant Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingIt is not advisable to keep Rummynose tetras (Brilliant Rummynose tetras) and dwarf shrimp together, particularly if you intend to breed shrimp.

The nature of rummynose tetras makes them active hunters that will actively consume small shrimp and harass molting shrimp. This predatory behavior can have detrimental effects on the shrimp population, causing lots of stress, and injuries.

Therefore, it is better to keep them in a separate tank or choose other tank mates that are more compatible with their needs.

Average adult size:  1.5 – 2 inches (3 – 5 cm) long.

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12. The Least Killifish (Heterandia formosa)

Least Killifish (Heterandia formosa) – Detailed Guide- Care, Diet, and BreedingAlthough the Least Killifish can be one of the best choices for nano tanks. I would never recommend keeping this species with dwarf shrimp.

The Least Killifish are very inquisitive little fish. They will look into every nook and cranny of your tank. Even if you have lots of plants and other places to hide, they will find shrimplets and molting shrimp.  

Their small size should not trick you, they will definitely eat small shrimp.

Average adult size:  0.8 – 1.5 inches (2 – 3.5 cm) long.

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13. Kuhli loach (Pangio kuhlii)

Kuhli loach (Pangio kuhlii) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingKuhli loaches are opportunistic eaters, and like most fish, they can eat small or newly hatched shrimplets. The good news though is that they usually do not actively hunt for them, so in an aquarium with shrimp, the losses are usually not noticeable as shrimp often reproduce faster.

However, it is important to consider the size of the fish. Fully grown Kuhli loach can catch and eat even adult shrimp, and there have been cases where this has been observed.

Therefore, if you have valuable or expensive shrimp, it is not recommended to keep them together with Kuhli loaches. In other situations, the decision is ultimately up to your own judgment.

Average adult size:  3 – 4 inches (7 – 10 cm) long.

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14. Hovering Zebra Loach (Yunnanilus cruciatus)

Yunnanilus Cruciatus – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingKeeping dwarf shrimp with Yunnanilus cruciatus requires careful consideration.

Yunnanilus cruciatus is a small, peaceful fish that generally coexists well with adult shrimp. 

However, it is important to note that when it comes to newly hatched shrimp, there is a higher likelihood of them being actively preyed upon by this fish.

So, if you are prepared to accept some potential loss of shrimp during their early stages, cohabitation may still be possible. However, if you have valuable and/or expensive shrimp, it might be advisable to keep them separate.

Average adult size: 1.4 – 1.6 inches (3.5 – 4 cm) long.

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15. Nothobranchius rachovii 

Nothobranchius Rachovii – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingKeeping shrimp and Nothobranchius rachovii in the same aquarium is a delicate balance. Newly hatched shrimp are at risk as they can be perceived as food by the Nothobranchius. However, adult shrimp are generally left untouched by these fish.

It’s important to note that during the molting process of the shrimp, they become vulnerable, and there is a potential risk of them being harmed by the Nothobranchius. 

With some attention and care, you can have both in the same tank.

Average adult size: 1 – 1.7 inches (2.5 – 4.5 cm) long.

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Bad Neighbors

They will eat any shrimp regardless of its size in most cases. The shelter is good but it will not be enough if fish decide to hunt the shrimp down and practice shows that they will do it in most cases. Frankly saying, it is not a good idea to try shrimp with these fish. Especially, if you do not have a huge aquarium in which a colony of shrimps can find a secluded spot.

1. Goldfish (Carassius auratus)

Goldfish (Carassius auratus) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingGoldfish are incompatible with nearly all plants and animals.

These fish will become too aggressive and too big for the shrimp tanks. All dwarf shrimp species will be on their menu.

Therefore, Goldfish should never be kept in shrimp tanks.

Average adult size: up to 6 – 8 inches (15 – 20 cm) long.

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2. Cichlidae

Apistogramma agassizii – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingThey are bigger and much more aggressive than tetras, guppies, and gouramis. This species is laterally a shrimp hunter.

Even dwarf cichlids will be a huge problem in shrimp tanks.

In field observations, the number of hunts was recorded for each of the 44 individuals.  “Behavioural laterality in the shrimp-eating cichlid fish Neolamprologus fasciatus in Lake Tanganyika”. Animal Behaviour. Volume 75, Issue 4, April 2008, Pages 1359-1366.

Average adult size:  3 – 8 inches (7.5 – 20 cm) long.

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3. Discus 

If you add shrimp to your Discus tank, they will be the most expensive fish food you have ever purchased. Of course, there is a chance that Discus can leave shrimp alone for some time… in order to eat it later.

Average adult size:  5 – 7 inches (12 – 15 cm) long.

4. Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius)

Trichogaster lalius (Dwarf Gourami) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingKeeping Gouramis (Even Dwarf species) with shrimp is not recommended.

These fish have a tendency to prey on small shrimp, making it almost certain that they will consume any young in the tank. Even with adult shrimp, there’s still a risk as Gouramis may choose them as a snack during the molting process when shrimp are at their most vulnerable. If Dwarf gourami cannot eat adult shrimp in one bite, they can pick at the shrimp until they die and eat the dead shrimp.

Thus it’s important to consider these predation risks before deciding to keep them and shrimp together in the same tank.

Average adult size:  2 – 3 inches (5 – 7 cm cm)

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5. Betta

Bettas are hunters and always looking and inspecting everything possibly edible. There have been success stories of Bettas living with shrimp, but it is definitely not a guarantee and I cannot recommend keeping them together.

Average adult size:  2 – 3 inches (5 – 7.5 cm) long.

6. Angelfish

Cherry shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Angelfish, even in a large enough aquarium.

Average adult size:  6 inches (15 cm) long, 8 inches (20 cm) tall.

7. Puffer fish

Carinotetraodon Travancoricus (Dwarf puffer fish) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingKeeping Puffer fish with dwarf shrimp in the same tank is a recipe for disaster. These fish are known to be carnivorous and will view shrimp as potential prey.

Puffers have strong beaks designed for crushing exosceletons and snail shells. For most species, it is a necessity as this is how they grind down their teeth, which constantly grow.

Almost the same can be said for dwarf species (up to 0.8 – 1 inches (2 – 2.5 cm)). You will still occasionally observe even adult shrimp without legs, antennae, or torn apart. Their small size should not trick you.

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8. Cherry barbs

Cherry Barbs (Puntius titteya) – Detailed Guide Care, Diet, and BreedingDespite many resources suggesting otherwise, keeping Cherry barbs and dwarf shrimp together may not be the best idea. Even adult shrimp can be significantly damaged during molting.

It’s essential to recognize that even cherry barbs are micro-predators. This predatory behavior poses a risk to your shrimp population, especially if you have valuable specimens.

Average adult size: up to 2 inches (5 cm) long.

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In Conclusion

You should not consider the above lists as an axiom. There are always exceptions and there will always be those who say that they did not have any problems with “bad” neighbors or that their shrimp were completely destroyed by “peaceful” fish.  Just like people, you can have a crazy fish that will attack everything.

The main problem with shrimp and fish is that for many of them, shrimp are the natural food. They see shrimp as delicious snacks or even a part of their staple diet. In addition, they also do not need to fit in their mouths to be killed or eaten. Most shrimp are very delicate and fish can dismantle shrimp like a piece of cake.

That is why any fish larger than the shrimp will usually make the shrimp lead a more secretive lifestyle. Even without any signs of aggression, your shrimp will always sense the danger. As a result, in the aquarium with fish shrimp will often hide and switch mainly to nightlife.

Anyway, I would like to repeat once again, that there are always exceptions. I think it really depends on the personality of the fish, aquarium size, and providing enough plants and moss for the shrimp to hide in for most of their baby life.

 What about other shrimp? Are large Amano Shrimp, Ghost shrimp, Singapore Flower/Bamboo Shrimp, Green Lace Filter Shrimp, and Cameroon (Vampire) shrimp (check my guides about them) safe with fish?

 All of these designations are relative to the respective sizes of the individual fish and shrimp. For example, large Amano Shrimp would be fine to keep with small Glass Catfish, but small Amano shrimp would not be safe with full-grown 4-6” glass catfish.


4 thoughts on “Сherry Shrimp in a Community Tank. Tips to Make it Successful

  1. Awesome read as always.
    One interesting addition in relation to Neos with fish eggs though. There are many Corydoras enthusiasts(myself included) who purposely place spawned eggs into a hatching tank tended to by Neocaridina as caretakers, especially in setups where water parameters aren’t ideal for egg survival.

    The shrimp unintentionally tend the eggs quite well, cleaning any debris or fungus from the viable eggs while consuming any that are unviable. It is very likely they are attempting to predate on the eggs, but they seem to have great difficulty in doing so successfully.

    This isn’t recommended with spawns from smaller cory species like C. pygmaeus or C. habrosus, which are more likely to be consumed by Neocaridina.

    1. Hi Aquatic Theory,
      This is a great tip!
      Best regards,

  2. Thanks for the very comprehensive, and helpful, answer to my question. This is a very informative article.
    I have bought ghost shrimp in the past. They were small, less than a quarter of an inch. They did not last long in my 50 gal. planted, community tank.
    I wanted to get some Cherry Shrimp, hopefully bigger shrimp. They are expensive and I did not want to have them eaten. I do have fish, that you pointed out, that will be a threat to them.
    I will get more plants for them to hide in first. And adding them at night is a good idea.

    1. Hi Ronald E Stewart,
      I’m glad that my article was useful.
      Keeping and even breeding shrimps in an aquarium with fish can be quite challenging since shrimp and shrimplets are food for many fish species.
      Besides on how your aquarium is set up, it will greatly depend on what species of fish you have.
      Best regards,

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