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Personal experience: Kissing fish go well with shrimp

Eddy the Eagle

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Hi there fellow fish lovers,

I am new to the forum but not new to the scene (10+ years of fishkeeping). I just wanted to share a personal experience with you guys here, maybe some will find it helpfull. So I recently (half a year ago) did an experiment with combining kissing fish (Helostoma temminckii) with cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi).I really wanted shrimp (fell in love with their behaviour) but I did not want to get rid of my long time friends (have kissing fish for more than 4 years now) but I have read everywhere online that these do not mix well. Don't do it I read everywhere. 

However, knowing these fish for years now, I did not believe this piece of information to be true (never believe 100% of what you read online guys, follow your own experiences aswell). Because kissing fish are gentle giants, in nature they graze algae of rocks and even do filter feeding, they are not active hunters. So I bought 50 baby cherry shrimp with the idea that 99% would become expensive fish food for my kissing fish. The first two weeks or so, I did not see any of them, not a single one, even if I tried hard to look for them. Waste of money I thought... Do not go well with large kissing fish. Confirmed. 

Then about a month later I started seeing medium sized shrimp appear again. They survived! Not a few of them... But all. They just needed to adjust to their new environment and lose their stage fright. Now they come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Even a (rare?) golden one. I have seen baby shrimp literally touch the lips of kissing fish. But they won't go in. They are super fast and there is no intent for the kissing fish to snap at them. 

So there you have it, kissing fish and shrimp. Good combo if you ask me. I am now at a point that I am certain that even if they started hunting (which I have not observed so far) that the shrimp population would sustain itself. In fact, I am now thinking of getting a blue acara to remove some of the surplus shrimp (seeing way to much shrimp everywhere now!).

I have added pictures of my kissing fish (the big one is called Eddy the Eagle), and the shrimp (spot the golden one). 

Kind regards,






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