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....