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    What do ghost shrimp eat? The shrimp pellets (are they made out of shrimp...or meant for shrimp lol) or the algae wafers?

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    All my shrimp get New Life Spectrum pellets, and they are breeding.
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    Thank you for the info! Would they sell those at Meijer or Walmart? Or are they harder to find?

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    they'll eat anything you put in the tank.
    Actually the majority of their diet will consist of the biofilm they clean from the substrate.

    If you have another tank, transfer an item from it to the tank with the shrimp and watch them swarm it, doesn't matter what it is, they will go for the biofilm
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    You will probably have to get it online unless you have a good LFS that carries it or can special order it for you.

    I ALWAYS keep live plants in with mine. This is a great source of biofilm. Java moss, hornwort, moss ball, and a little natural driftwood and they will thrive.
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    Shrimp pellets are made from shrimp and good for shrimp. But ghost shrimp are scavengers, eating anything they can find, including bio film and dead things.
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    Food thats high in shrimp and other hard shelled inverts have calcium and other shell building goodies.


    Al gave good advice about the biofilm etc, my shrimps love it when i move plants to their tank from others, same with decor
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    Their exoskeleton is made of chitin which does not contain calcium.
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    You can feed them whatever you like. Like with most inverts you want to avoid any foods that contain copper, it interferes with their ability to reproduce. At most a bit of an algae wafer once or twice a week is plenty. They are scavengers so will live off of whatever they find in the tank. When I go on my vacations (1-3 weeks) I don't bother doing anything with the shrimp tanks, they forage on plants and whatever is in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    Their exoskeleton is made of chitin which does not contain calcium.
    From what I understand, Calcium carbonate, chitin and proteins are all used in the formation of the exoskeleton. Im always willing to take a look at conflicting info if you have it though.

    I supplement calcium in the water column and in the diet of all my shrimps and it makes a large difference in color and shell thickness imo

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