Ghost Shrimp

Ghost Shrimp
  • Name: Palaemonetes paludosus
  • Temperature: 65-80 F
  • Size: 2”
  • pH: 7.0-7.8
  • kH: 1-8
  • gH: 3-15
  • TDS: 200-500
  • Care Level: ⅕

Ghost shrimp are the easiest shrimp to care for. These shrimps are also called glass shrimp and are commonly used as feeders, so they are often only $0.30. They are incredibly hardy, and as long as they are drip acclimated like the other shrimp, they should thrive.

However, since they are commonly used as feeders, expect ⅓ to ⅔ of the shrimp you pick up to die. The conditions they live in are deplorable, and lead to early death. That being said, there are not any shrimp that are easier to care for than these guys.

They are commonly kept with bettas, as they are too big to be eaten, and work for most community aquariums. They will constantly graze along the bottom for leftover food that fish missed but may need supplemental feeding of shrimp pellets so they get enough protein.

To breed the shrimp, you need both a male and female. The shrimp will mate, and the female will be seen holding eggs in her swimmerets for 3-4 weeks. After this time, the eggs will hatch into young larvae which will hunt infusoria for a week before undergoing metamorphosis.

from – BYA

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