View Full Version : ghost shrimp eat plants? buying shrimp

08-08-2010, 02:57 PM
The guy at the pet store said ghost shrimp eat plants... I was thinking of getting some of the cheap feeder shrimp to put in my 16 gal planted tank. Is this true?

I will also be getting some cherry shrimp from a local breeder in about a month or so.

Also, are there any fish species that get 3" or so with a nice lazy swim, that won't eat shrimp like dwarf gauramis (sp.) or angelfish


I have in my tank 3neons and 3 rasboras now, along with a white mystery snail and some free loading pond snails.

planted with
java moss
lileaopsis sp.
water sprite
water wisteria
echinodorus sp.
valsinaria sp.
hygrophila corymbosa
ludwigia repens

mopani wood

08-08-2010, 03:00 PM
what about those dwarf fw puffers? I hear they would eat my snails, i'd guess they would eat the shrimp too?

Will the cherry shrimp do a better job cleaning my tank than the ghost shrimp?

I know they look really cute compared to the ghost shrimp, but are there other benefits?

08-08-2010, 03:06 PM
Ghost shrimp definitely do not eat plants...I have had at least a dozen in my 12 g consistently over the past two years...no plant damage yet.

08-08-2010, 06:02 PM
I've never heard of them eating plants either. Not sure where he got that from. Dwarf puffers will pick on just about any other fish, so I wouldn't recommend it with your current stock.

08-08-2010, 06:07 PM
I have never heard of ghost shrimp eating plants either...good question though. As for the snails, I added two to my tank, that I got from my moms tank, and now every evening I am seeing more and more tiny snails. I don't mind until they start over-populating my tank.

08-08-2010, 07:23 PM
cool thanks, I am going to pick up a few ghost shrimp tonight if they have any left.

I'll skip out on the puffer i guess.