Ghost or Cherry Shrimp which is better for as feeders

  1. SourCream Guest

    So I was wondering which shrimp has more nutritional value for fish since I need something new for my fish to chase with rather than his boring old pellets.

    (I knoW RCS is not built for that purpose but its more common in my LFS)
     
  2. Aquarium Newb Member Member

    I would go for ghost shrimp. They are larger, so that means more food, and they are far far cheaper (generally at least). I know for me I can get ghost shrimp for 39 cents but rcs cost 4 dollars.
     

  3. Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

    I wouldn't recommend using anything from your lfs store as feeders. It would be far better to get q small five gallon for cherries, or a 10 for ghosts, and breed them in there, get a good population, and then use the excess as feeders
     

  4. SourCream Guest

    Oh thanks. I was actually planning for an invert tank so I can get access to live food.thanks for all your replies
     

  5. Aquarium Newb Member Member

    Just an fyi if you haven't gotten the shrimp yet, for breeding rcs are easier to breed then ghost, so I would go with then for a long term investment.
     
  6. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Are you only feeding your fish fish pellets?
     
  7. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    The majority of people can not raise ghost shrimp though their larval stage. where the cherry shrimp are perfect replicas of their parents just smaller. I would do the rcs to raise food. Alison
     
  8. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    What kinds of fish do you have? Tank size?

    And why live food if I may ask? While RCS are easier to breed as pointed out, they are more $$$ in the beginning. Also depending on what you have in your tank and size, they easily multiply as well and could get out of control if your fish do not control the population.

    Why not buy frozen baby brine shrimp or other frozen foods for added variety to foods? Also depending on the fish you have, there are many other options besides "pellets" that are more cost effective. Fish should not be eating shrimp as their meal daily anyway because of the protein content and should be given them as a treat rather than a daily meal.
     
  9. kingguppy9000 Member Member

    RCS for sure, I naught about 60 of them before I realized my four frogs had been eating very well. Even through preditatuon, and me ignoring my fish tank for weeks, I still have one, he is a King, just sits out in the open on a plant and watch the other fish swim on by.
    Plus they cost a while lot more, which means if you get extras you can flip them pretty fasy.....oh yea....also RCS are not ugly as sin.
     
  10. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    RCS cost more than ghost shrimp lol. No one ever said they were ugly(at least I think they didn't). Hmm
     
  11. kingguppy9000 Member Member

    Are they not more expensive where you live? RCS cost me 3 to 4 bucks, ghost shrimp are usually 20 to 30 cents.
     
  12. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    For RCS they are 3.99 each for me. Why did you waste that much money lol?
     
  13. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    I let my more aggressive betta have a dozen RCS as dither fish/prey to keep him busy in the 10 gallon. I got them from Craiglist at about 50 cents apiece and he's not a very good hunter and there's plenty of hiding places. So far it's been a few days and I think he's only caught two. But he's a lot more active instead of just sitting on the filter.
     
  14. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    You got RCS for 50 cents each? Omg