View Full Version : Just added 15 ghost shrimp

10-04-2014, 04:27 AM
So with my cherries all being eaten, I decided to go with bigger shrimp. My lfs has ghost shrimp for 25 cents so I picked up 15 off the truck. They're hiding very well and are very interesting.

How much can I expect them to clean if at all? Are they mainly for observation/feeding? They're in my community 55g.

10-04-2014, 04:34 AM
they will eat and eat. I had some two years ago. and they would swim to the top of the tank and grab fish food and swim away.

10-04-2014, 08:41 AM
^^ What cm12 said. Mine are constantly on a search for food all day. At feeding time, they swim for the flakes just as fast as the fish do, and when those are gone they do for the algae wafers I throw in to my cories. They are almost my favorite thing to watch in the tank. Always on the move, and always doing something funny. Do expect 1-2 to die though. The conditions their kept in are terrible, as most ghost shrimp are considered a feeder shrimp. Think of the giant tanks of minnows/goldfish at Petco/Petsmart. I bought 15 about a month ago, and had 2 die in the first few hours. All the rest are perfectly fine now, and dare I say, thriving lol. Anyway, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I'm even debating getting another tank just for ghost shrimps! lol

11-03-2014, 04:27 PM
Do they eat much algae, or just go for the fish food?


11-03-2014, 04:35 PM
Here's some good info: http://www.aquariumcarebasics.com/ghost-shrimp/

11-03-2014, 05:35 PM
Here's some good info: http://www.aquariumcarebasics.com/ghost-shrimp/

An interesting read, thank you.

02-09-2015, 07:59 PM
+ rivergirl I agree with you o it be very interesting My thanks to slhappy7 for the link

02-09-2015, 09:09 PM
yes, thanks for the link. My like to eat bloodworms like spaghetti, it is funny to watch them grab it as fast as they can before the corys or loaches find it. But they don't mind eating everything else,

02-09-2015, 09:10 PM
Including neons. I had to take them out as they were eating their scales at night. Almost ready to pull them out and give them back. My amano and cherry are much better

02-09-2015, 09:21 PM
Be ready for most, if not all, to die. They aren't very well cared for because they are sold to be fed with other fish. Congrats!

02-09-2015, 09:25 PM
Yes I had purchased 25 at one time and had 10 survive, didn't bother me at 0.33 each if you buy in dozens (got a freebie for 25). Never had one pull scales of my other fish, and I have them with bloodfins and diamond tetras. I do have a bunch of food in the tank-fish food and algae so they stay busy grazing on other things..