Today we are here to find out and discuss whether or not a Ghost shrimp and a Betta can be housed together. Many people would say that you cannot house any other fish together with a Betta fish, especially males. This may be true in some cases, particularly where other fish of the same size are concerned. However, it is possible to house your Betta fish with some other aquatic creatures. Now, to be fair, this does depend on the specific Betta fish in question as well as what the other creatures are.
Can I Have Ghost Shrimp And Betta In The Same Tank?
To be perfectly clear, this is somewhat of a subjective question because whether or not they will live in harmony depends on their surroundings a swell as the temperament of the specific Betta fish that you have. As you may know, the Betta fish is also known as the Siamese fighting fish. There is a good reason why they are often called fighting fish. It is because they love to fight.
Ok, so your average Betta fish does not love to fight say as much as Mike Tyson, but they are extremely territorial. You probably know that you cannot keep more than one Betta fish in the same tank, especially not two males. A male and a female or even two females may work ok, but things can still go wrong.
Betta fish tend to be very aggressive towards larger fish, fish of the same size, and very colorful dish and marine creatures. So, when it comes to ghost shrimp, they can actually do OK with a Betta fish. First of all, ghost shrimp are partially see-through and have virtually no coloring, at least not any bright coloring, which is a good start. Moreover, ghost shrimp are very small, more than small enough to not be seen as a threat by a male or female Betta fish. There are a few factors that can help or hinder the situation, so let’s talk about those.
We have covered a separate post on Betta Tank mates here, if you need more suggestions.
Size Of The Tank
One thing to keep in mind is that because Betta fish are very territorial, they do need their space. So, if you are going to keep a Betta fish with some ghost shrimp, you will need to have more than enough room to keep them both comfortable. You will want at least a 10 gallon tank (we have covered some 10 gallon tanks here), if not a 15 or 20 gallon tank, for one Betta fish and several ghost shrimp. The Bettafish needs to have more than enough room to create its own territory without feeling as though its space is threatened by the shrimp.
Another way to make sure that your ghost shrimp will live in harmony with the Betta fish, or at least to better the situation, is to ensure that you have them housed in the proper surroundings. What we mean by this is that you need to have plenty of substrate, lots of plants, lots rocks, some driftwood, and even some playful decorations too.
This is because Betta fish do like plants and rocks, they like some privacy sometimes, and they like to engage their surroundings too. Making sure that you have a great environment for your Betta fish will ensure that it is happy, and therefore there will be less of a chance of your Betta fish attacking the ghost shrimp. In terms of providing your ghost shrimp with an adequate home, it is not all that hard. The decorations, caves, rocks, plants will offer them some protection from the Betta fish as well.
The other important thing to remember when trying to house a Betta fish together with ghost shrimp is to feed your Betta fish regularly and with food that they love. Make no mistake about it. Betta fish are carnivores and if they are hungry or just in the mood, they will go after your ghost shrimp. However, you can help ensure that they won’t try to eat your ghost shrimp by making sure that they are fed right. We have covered a separate post here on Betta feeding.
You need to not only meet the dietary needs of your Betta fish, but you also need to make them happy with what you feed them. They love protein and they love treats, so make sure to give them plenty of both. If you don’t give your Betta fish a treat every now and then, it will find a treat in the form of a little ghost shrimp or two. Once again, while it is possible to keep them together you always need to keep in mind that your Betta fish may eat the ghost shrimp. Thankfully, ghost shrimp are not very expensive.
You might also like our post on the many different types of betta fish which you can find here.
To be perfectly honest, this is more or less just a gamble. It is a risk and you need to decide if it is worth it. If you do everything right, the chances that the Betta fish and ghost shrimp will live in harmony are pretty good. That being said, even if you do everything right, a Betta fish may still decide to attack and/or eat a ghost shrimp for whatever reason.