Breed Ghost Shrimp How Do I

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    NikkiHill0509 Valued Member Member

    I have a 10 gallon tank that I’m currently using to breed snails for my figure 8 puffer fish. It’s got a sponge filter and lots of plants. Anacharis, duck weed, and java moss.

    Can I also breed ghost shrimp in the same tank? Should I get a divider and put snails on one side and shrink on the other?

    Also, any tips on breeding ghost shrimp? How many should I start with? I was thinking 30 would be enough to have a breeding colony that I can continually pull from to feed the puffer. He’s small and only eats 2 snails or 1-2 ghost shrimp every day.
     
  2. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    I'd say you could definitely do it.
    Ghost shrimp are known for eating their young, so be sure to have tons of moss cover. The moss also houses infusoria, which is all the larvae can eat for the first few days until they go through metamorphosis.
    You'll have to be very careful not to get whisker shrimp, which look just like ghost shrimp except they lack the red bands on the claw arms and red dots on the tails, as these are highly aggressive and will pull snails out of their shells, as well as pose a threat to fish.
    The easiest way to go about this is to go to your local store and grab some berried ghost shrimp. I did this recently, and there were seven berried ones (I started with three), one ended up being a whisker shrimp, who released her larvae that night, and two ghost shrimp, one of which released larvae a week later, and two weeks later I still have ~15-20 babies that passed the larval stage. One still hasn't released. This was done in a teeny tiny 2.5 gallon, but 1/3 full of moss. In a 10 gallon, there's a better chance for the babies to escape the parents. I don't think it's necessary to start with 30, but hey, if you want to you can totally go for it
     
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    Hatchet5467 New Member Member

    The young ghost shrimp also go through a larval stage so make sure the tank is not too clean so they have small particulates to feed on. I have successfully raised ghost shrimp in a ten gallon aquarium before, so it is doable.
     
  4. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    ^ this is also very important.
    I've been able to raise some in a brand new aquarium only because I added in plants full of infusoria. I could even see the little larvae swimming and hunting down little critters. I also observed one or two shopping down and taking pieces of flake and pellet food that had been left in for a while.
     
  5. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    30 is too much in a 10 gallon. They will start fighting. I breed and raise ghost shrimp. Your tank needs to be mature. Have lots of algae, java moss, horn wort, and no fish. Ghost shrimplets like to hang at the top where the bio-film is.