Will black tetras eat cherry shrimp?

Crazymidwesterner

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In the past a had a huge community of Cherry shrimp. Well as few months back I noticed my population dwindling. I took a few and put them in a 10 gallon tank to re-establish my colony. I reintroduced a few the other day and they are completely gone. The only changes made since my large quantities of shrimp are the introduction of about 7 black skirt tetras and the maturing of my skunk loach. All tank mates are, flying fox, 5 neon tetras, 6 rummy nose, 7 black skirt, 1 skunk botia and 4 ottos.

Is it the black skirt tetras?
 

aquabillpers

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Carnivorous fish, like tetras, will eat anything that they can get their mouths around. Cherry shrimp are a perfect size.

Bill
 

Panda

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so even the rummy nose will eat the cherrys ? Two days ago I added a small group of rummys to a male only guppy and cherry shrimp tank. let me know to remove the rummy nose !!
 

bibbels

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Panda,

Rummynose will eat RCS especially if the shrimp aren't fully grown - at least IME. Sadly I learned this firsthand by having a group of about 50 lost in a few short days in my 125gal. Only other tankmates at the time were juvenile SAE's and some corys. I was at first suspecting the SAE's until I read reports on other forums about Rummynose eating the shrimp.

I decided it was easier to just have shrimp by themselves so I dedicated a 24gal nano to them. I breed in 2 10gal tanks and move them into the nano.

Eventually I hope to have enough of them to reintroduce into my main tank and just keep replacing the one's that get eaten.:D
 

Panda

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bibbels,

thank you !! I'll decide now who is getting a new home !!
now that you mention it I don't see any cherry juvies....
 

DanielTown

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I would blame the loach as these species are known for being aggressive. Searched the internet for a bit and found out that shrimp and tetras can easily live together. Tetra's mouth is pretty small relative to the cherry shrimp. Make sure to have corals, driftwood, and plants so cherries could hide.