Ghost shrimp care and breeding

Discussion in 'Ghost Shrimp' started by fishkeeper21, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. fishkeeper21Valued MemberMember

    Gamow do I breed them and will fish eat them

  2. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    It depends on the size of the fish, but yes, they can end up food if a fish can get its mouth around it.

    There are several recent threads about trying to raise ghost shrimp. It's not nearly as easy as raising cherry shrimp because of the needs of the shrimplets. If you have a separate tank and a supply of green water, you may be able to sucessfully do it, but most people aren't that lucky.

  3. tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    For shrimp to mate you need to meet their conditions:

    At least 1 male and 1 female
    Faster breeding under ideal temps
    Need a good ph to successfully moult
    Need hardwater to keep a good shell and successfully moult
    Hiding places for them to hide after a moult

    You can add a piece of natural cuddle bone to help give them calcium.

    For babies to survive you'll need lots of cover and places to hide! It all depends on the tank mates if they will get eaten or not.
    They also need a lot of biofilm to eat. This grows in established tanks, however, I just ordered a product called bacter-ae which helps create biofilm for shrimp to graze on. A member on here recommended it with great success.

  4. fishkeeper21Valued MemberMember

    Everything I need to know about ghost shrimp

    Thinking of getting some
  5. Pikachu13131Valued MemberMember

    If you want shrimp, cherry shrimp are colorfull and breed fast.If you would rather have ghost shrimp keep them in a 10 gallon planted can feed them blood worms,shrrimp pellets,and fish flakes.they need temperatures of 70-85 Fahrenheit and a pH of 6.5-8.0.
  6. peregrineValued MemberMember

    One other piece of advice. Realize Ghost shrimp are mainly bred as feeder shrimp, so don't get discouraged if some die even with perfect water. They aren't taken that good care of. Not saying they won't survive, just saying you might find a relatively high percentage not make it very long.
  7. watercrayfishValued MemberMember

    My 2 of 5 ghost shrimp survived.
    One of it is carrying eggs, its been more than a week. Any advice for me. 5 gallon shrimp only tank. 3 RCS and 2 Ghosts.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016
  8. fishkeeper21Valued MemberMember

    Can I keep ghost shrimp without a air stone in a container for a while

    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 23, 2016
  9. peregrineValued MemberMember

    How long is a while?
  10. fishkeeper21Valued MemberMember

    Week to a month
  11. peregrineValued MemberMember

    I would think with such a small bio load, with a filter you can. Or should be able to with water changes to keep the water parameters good.
  12. fishkeeper21Valued MemberMember

    The container is like few inches
  13. peregrineValued MemberMember

    How many ghost shrimp are you talking about?

    Do you mean a few inches around, a few inches square/cube?

    Sorry for so many questions, trying to give you my best answer
  14. fishkeeper21Valued MemberMember

    2 shrimp the container is 5 inches
  15. peregrineValued MemberMember

    OK. To me, again it's my opinion, with only 2, and a container that size and such a short time. I would think it would be ok. What I personally would do is make sure to test the water ever 2 or 3 days or at least for ammonia ((just to make sure it's still good)).. and do small water changes. and make sure to give them a little to eat.. They are scavengers so you could just do a few fish flakes every day. But with no filtration and such a small container it's hard to say for 100% certainty that there wouldn't be any problem

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