Cherry Shrimp and Guppies are two of the most popular species of aquarium fish, especially for beginner tank owners. They are peaceful species that don’t require too much special attention, making them perfect for most tank setups. But can I keep cherry shrimp with guppies?
Can You Keep Cherry Shrimp and Guppies Together?
Yes cherry shrimp and guppies can live together, but it will take a specific tank set up and some maintenance on your behalf. In this article, we have looked into the tendencies of each species and some measures you can take to ensure harmony in the tank.
So is it possible to keep these two peaceful species together, or will there be complications? Unfortunately, the answer is not as straightforward as a yes or a no. In theory, yes, they can be kept together, but it must be within the right conditions and circumstances.
Even though Guppies are peaceful creatures, they still find themselves higher on the food chain than Cherry Shrimp. As mentioned earlier, the Chery Shrimp are extremely defenseless and are prone to attack from most fish species.
Guppies will seize this opportunity when presented and have been known to attack Cherry Shrimp. While this won’t happen immediately, over a long period, you may notice your Cherry Shrimp population dwindle.
The picture above shows just how small Cherry Shrimp fry can be. As you can see, they would be an easy target for a Guppy.
Will Guppies Eat Shrimp?
You can keep guppies and shrimp together but be aware that guppies will eat the shrimp if they are small enough.
If you do plan to keep guppies with cherry shrimp you should separate the shrimp until they have grown large enough for the guppies to not see them as food.
Typically cherry shrimp will grow large enough to live with guppies after about 4 weeks.
Steps To Take To Increase Chances Of A Peaceful Tank
Even though Guppies may attack Cherry Shrimp, it is still possible to have these two species living together in harmony. Let’s take a look at some precautions we can take to increase the chances of a peaceful tank.
Introduce More Plants
One of the best things you can do for your Shrimp is to make sure they have enough cover and can hide properly from predators. Not only will the be more protected, but they will be much less stressed for not being out in the open all the time.
Watch The Ratio
Keep an eye on the ratio of Guppies to Cherry Shrimp. If the number of Guppies is too high compared to the Shrimp, then you will be increasing the chances of an attack. If you do plan keeping them together, later try and keep a higher number of Shrimp over Guppies.
Introduce The Shrimp First
It can help to introduce the Cherry Shrimp first so that they can become established in the tank. That way, they can become comfortable and understand where the best hiding spots are, then they have a much higher chance of survival.
Use Proper Shrimp Food
Guppies can be a ravenous species. If you use one type of food for all fish and expect the Shrimp to be able to clean up from the bottom, then they may become malnourished. This can lead them to leave their sheltered area and become vulnerable to attacks.
Keeping Fish Species Together
Any responsible aquarium owner would want to make sure that they are trying their best to create a harmonious and peaceful habitat for its inhabitants. The fish that you keep inside your tank will have a much longer and happier life if you do so.
There is a vast array of aquarium fish species that you can add to your tank, each of them with their own personalities and traits that can either make them compatible or incompatible with other species.
Some tend to be more aggressive than others and can make more calm and peaceful fish have a torrid time trying to avoid them, forcing them to spend most of their life hiding in the corners of the tank in a highly stressed state.
Before adding any new fish to your aquarium, it is essential to consider whether they can coexist peacefully with the inhabitants of your tank, or whether they will clash and cause an aggressive environment.
In this article, we will look further into the tendencies of Guppies and Cherry Shrimp and whether they will make good tank mates or not.
Guppies are one of the most popular and widely purchased aquarium fish in the world. At some point, every aquarium owner will have had some form of Guppy breed in their tank.
They are small yet hardy fish with a wide variety of colors that can make your aquarium stand out in the room. Guppies are also relatively easy to look after and don’t require much individual attention.
It’s for that reason that many pet stores recommend Guppies to new tank owners and beginners.
Guppies are very peaceful fish and will not cause any problems to most of the other fish species out there.
They are relatively small and prefer to stay within schools of their own kind. If confronted by an aggressor, they will resort to hiding in the tank and will usually remain there until the threat is gone.
With that being said, Guppies still have to eat something, so if you introduce a tiny species that are on the food chain, then you shouldn’t be surprised if they disappear overnight.
Will Guppies Eat Baby Shrimp?
Guppies and even guppy fry will eat baby shrimp. In fact is it probably their favourite thing to eat. Baby shrimp are also the perfect size for guppies to eat.
It is recommended to keep baby shrimp (shrimplets) in a seperate tank if you wish for them to survive.
If you can not put them in a seperate tank make sure there are lots of hiding places in the tank so they can hide from your guppies.
Cherry Shrimp FAQ
Similar to Guppies, Cherry Shrimp is also a wildly popular species of aquarium fish. They are particularly popular for beginner aquarists as they don’t require a lot of special care, and they are a relatively hardy species.
Cherry Shrimp are very peaceful too and won’t cause many problems for most other aquarium fish. They also provide several benefits to a tanks ecosystem, but the main one being their algae diet.
They will eat away at a lot of the algae in the tank and keep it a lot cleaner, making the aquarium owner’s life a lot easier.
The problem with Cherry Shrimp is how small and fragile they are. They are a relatively small species, growing up to 1.5 inches in length and are mostly defenseless to attackers.
If you have any bigger, more aggressive species of fish, then the chances are that the Cherry Shrimp will become food for them in pretty short order. In the wild, they mitigate this defenseless with a high breeding rate, similar to Guppies.
What Is The Best Temperature For Cherry Shrimp?
Cherry shrimp need a water temperature of between 57–84 °F, the best temperature to keep them in is 70 °F.
The most important thing cheery shrimp need is a constant temperature as they don’t react well to water temperature changes. You will need a good aquarium heater (Available on amazon) to maintain the water temperature.
They also require very clean water to live in, so make sure your filter is efficient for your tank, and clean the filter frequently.
Do Cherry Shrimp Need A Heater?
You will need an aquarium heater if you are keeping cherry shrimp as they don’t react well to changes in the water temperature.
They thrive in water temperature of around 70 °F and an aquarium heater will help in maintaining this temperature.
Recommended Cherry Shrimp Tank Mates
Listed below are the best tank mates for cherry shrimp.
- Cory Catfish
- Otocinclus Catfish
- Plecos (Small Ones)
- Snails, Including, Mystery, Nerite, Malaysian, Ivory
- Dwarf Gouramis
For a list of Plecos that stay small take a look at this article I wrote on them.
The best fish that can live with cherry shrimp include, Cory Catfish, Otocinclus Catfish, Plecos (Small Ones), Teras, Dwarf Gouramis.
How Big Do Cherry Shrimp Get?
An adult cherry shrimp will grow to around 4 cms if they are kept in ideal water conditions.
The ideal water conditions are
- Temperature : Between 57–84 °F, Recommended 70 °F
- pH Level : Between 6.5 – 8.0
- Water Condition : Water must be very clean
How Long Do Cherry Shrimp Live For?
On average a cherry shrimp will live for 1 – 2 years if they are kept in good conditions. It is important to keep cherry shrimp in very clean water.
So there you have it. Cherry Shrimp and Guppies can live in the same tank in harmony, but it will take some work and maintenance to achieve it. Even after all of your efforts, you may still find that your Guppies are eating the Shrimp.
The Cherry Shrimp are incredibly vulnerable and often find themselves to prey to any species that is bigger than themselves. If you do plan to keep them together, then keep in mind our tips for increasing the chance of a peaceful tank with both of them in.
Thanks for reading!