Ghost Shrimp Or Whisker Shrimp

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How can I tell the difference between a ghost ship and a whisker shrimp?

I only found out last night that the two can be mixed up and that whiskers seem to be highly aggressive to other shimp and fish. I've tried looking into it and either the images posted don't really show the difference or the ones they call whisker shrimp looks a lot more beefy to the ones I got. The only reason I'm even concerned is that my ghost shrimp have long clawed arms. Also wife's cherry shrimp has gone missing, so I'm thinking I don't have ghost shrimp.

When possible I'll get a picture if needed. I'm currently not home.
 

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Whiskers have really long arms. Ghosts also do, but they are shorter
 

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Catfish12345 said:
Whiskers have really long arms. Ghosts also do, but they are shorter
Don't they also have different colored "bands" on their arms?
 
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I tried to get good pictures of the one I think isn't a ghost. Sorry the image next to the pot is so blurry it was the only one I could get with its arms out.
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Yeah, I think thats a whisker. I little whiter than my wild caught ghosties
 
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Catfish12345 said:
Yeah, I think thats a whisker. I little whiter than my wild caught ghosties
Thanks, I guess I need to take them back to the store. I really don't want to risk them hurting the fish.
 

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I can-do really see but the whisker shrimp have a claw.
 
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Piaelliott said:
I can-do really see but the whisker shrimp have a claw.
I've moved the four I have to a separate tank so I can try to get better pictures of them. I'd really hate to have to take them back, they are fun to watch, but I'm really trying to look out for my guppies.
 

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Just look for the claws. Ghost shrimp have little red dots on their front legs but I don't know if all of them have the dots.
The one you don't think is a ghost, doesn't have the dots on the front legs (or whatever they are called,) the legs seem to be longer, most likely a whisker shrimp.
 
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All 4 of these have red dots near their claws. However the one I posted about, the red is very faint, it also has green tips to it's claws. I'm sorry if I am coming off as crazy, I know next to nothing about shrimp and I didn't even know there are some that could hurt my fish. So I'm really am thankful for the help.
 

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Hm, I would definitely watch them. I personally prefer Amano shrimp, they are very peaceful.

I saw ghosties fight over food at a pet store, they definitely seem more aggessive.
 
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Thanks again! I'll keep an eye on them in the separate tank for now. I'll look into getting some amano shrimp. Again thanks!
 

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Ghosties, at least my wild caught ones, arent very aggressive. They are bullied by some of my fish, but can hold their own
 
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