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 Name||Ghost Shrimp or glass shrimp|
|Scientific Name||Palaemonetes paludosus|
|Habitat or Origin||They are native to North America but are reared across the|
the world in farms
|Average Size||They can grow up to 1.5 inches|
|Coloration||They are found in Black, grey, and yellow colors in a local pet store|
|Life Span||They are short spanned and they live up to a year|
|Diet||They can feed on anything which includes pellets, fakes,|
algae, plant detritus or any leftover food of other fishes.
|Gender Identification||The females are larger in size and also have a green saddle|
underneath their bodies. The males are usually smaller
|Behavior||They are active swimmers. They clear up the algal formation|
in the tank and also the leftovers.
|Compatibility||They are peace-loving fishes hence can adapt to Cherry|
Barbs, Danios, Tetras, Hatchetfish, and other small cat fishes.
|Ideal Tank Conditions||To 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 Parameters||The temperature could be from 65- 82 degree F. the pH level|
could be 7.0-8.0
|Breeding||The 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 Diseases||Copper can cause fatal diseases to the shrimp|
|Approximate Cost||They cost an average of 3 USD to 5 USD and in southeast Asia/India they cost almost half the price|
|What to look when buying||Check 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 Market||Cherry Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Wood Shrimp etc.|
Gallery of Ghost Shrimp
- “Palaemonetes paludosus (Gibbes, 1850)”. Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- “Palaemonetes paludosus (riverine grass shrimp)”. Animal Diversity Web.
- Jerry G. Walls (2009). “Appendix 2. Freshwater shrimp in Louisiana”. Crawfishes of Louisiana. Louisiana State University.
- Doug Stamm (2008). “Appendix A. More about springs inhabitants”. The Springs of Florida