Ghost Shrimps As they are scavengers, they eat up the leftovers and keep the tank clean and algae free. They are common feeder fishes that require a stress-free environment. As they are translucent their inner workings of the body can be visibly seen.

Why need a beginner’s guide for Ghost Shrimp? Mostly they are used as feeder fishes and it is essential to know how to raise them in a community tank and this article has all the required information about keeping Ghost Shrimp as part of your aquarium

Ghost Shrimp – Overview

Common NameGhost Shrimp or glass shrimp
Scientific NamePalaemonetes paludosus
Habitat or OriginThey are native to North America but are reared across the
the world in farms
Average SizeThey can grow up to 1.5 inches
ColorationThey are found in Black, grey, and yellow colors in a local pet store
Life SpanThey are short spanned and they live up to a year
DietThey can feed on anything which includes pellets, fakes,
algae, plant detritus or any leftover food of other fishes.
Gender IdentificationThe females are larger in size and also have a green saddle
underneath their bodies. The males are usually smaller
BehaviorThey are active swimmers. They clear up the algal formation
in the tank and also the leftovers.
CompatibilityThey are peace-loving fishes hence can adapt to Cherry
Barbs, Danios, Tetras, Hatchetfish, and other small cat fishes.
Ideal Tank ConditionsTo breed these fishes, a 5-10 gallon water tank is sufficient.
The tank should be a freshwater tank. The tank should also
have caves and plants. A small filter outlet or an air pump
can be kept.
Water ParametersThe temperature could be from 65- 82 degree F. the pH level
could be 7.0-8.0
BreedingThe females lay approximately 20-30 eggs. They appear as
green spots near the legs of the female. The males later
come and fertilize them. After fertilization, the female fishes
can be shifted to a breeding aquarium. Once the eggs
become fry, the females can be moved back to the main
tank. The fry later becomes larva and then to a fully grown
Common DiseasesCopper can cause fatal diseases to the shrimp
Approximate CostThey cost an average of 3 USD to 5 USD and in southeast Asia/India they cost almost half the price
What to look when buyingCheck if the fishes are bred for the home aquarium because the ghost shrimps which are bred as feeder fish do not live long.
Species in the MarketCherry Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Wood Shrimp etc.

Gallery of Ghost Shrimp


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