Ghost vs Amano

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Maybe this thread has been done already, and if it has, feel free to take it down. But I'm planning a 20 gallon aquarium with guppies, platies, and juliI cory catfish and I can't decide between ghost and amano shrimp!!

Ghost pros
I've had one before, who was adorable and a great addition to the tank.
They clean up my plants
They eat leftover food
They cost like fifty cents

Ghost Cons
They don't clean algae
I'm scared of them hurting my future guppies
They don't live long and there's a chance of them dying for no reason anyways

And I don't really know anything about amano shrimp, but a ton of people say they're the best shrimp and way better than ghosts. I just don't know. Any suggestions?
 

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Amano shrimp are not shy, you will see them at every level of your tank. They will groom every inch of every surface.
 

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I love my amanos. They are easy to see/find most of the time. I have never seen them being aggressive to any of the fish, They will eat some algae. They do eat leftover foods. They are more expensive.
 
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shayla1 said:
I love my amanos. They are easy to see/find most of the time. I have never seen them being aggressive to any of the fish, They will eat some algae. They do eat leftover foods. They are more expensive.
HI shayla1,
First of all that betta on your profile pic is very beautiful.

Second amanos are sounding pretty good except for a few things:

I have been unable to find that at my LFS, Petco, and Petsmart.
And exactly how expensive are they?

Thanks for the quick reply!
 

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Amanos are usually about 2-3 dollars each where I'm at. Sometimes you can ask for lfs to order some. I know a couple pet stores around me will do that.


 

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Amanos are much less aggressive, easier to spot in the tank, will eat certain types of algae unlike ghosts, and will still clean up uneaten food. They are more expensive and harder to find at stores (at least around here) but they seem to be hardier and are also much more attractive.

Another bonus is that they can be safely kept with neocaridina shrimp such as cherries without any issues.
 

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Another bonus, Amano shrimp live for a very long time, mine have hit the six year mark!
 

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happyfins14 said:
HI shayla1,
First of all that betta on your profile pic is very beautiful.

Second amanos are sounding pretty good except for a few things:

I have been unable to find that at my LFS, Petco, and Petsmart.
And exactly how expensive are they?

Thanks for the quick reply!
Thank you, the betta is my Mango. He has passed, but was a pet store betta that I fell in love with and brought home.

I am in Canada, but I do have a couple pet stores that regularly carry Amano shrimp. We usually pay around $3-4 here. Everything is a bit more expensive here. I was looking to get a few more for my tank, but the store was sold out when I went yesterday.
 

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When I can find them locally in this area they're usually somewhere around $3-$5. Depending on how many you want it would probably be cheaper to get them online and shipped to you.
 
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shayla1 said:
Thank you, the betta is my Mango. He has passed, but was a pet store betta that I fell in love with and brought home.

I am in Canada, but I do have a couple pet stores that regularly carry Amano shrimp. We usually pay around $3-4 here. Everything is a bit more expensive here. I was looking to get a few more for my tank, but the store was sold out when I went yesterday.
Aw I'm sorry about your betta.

And thanks for answering my questions I was honestly expecting them to be a lot more expensive but that's not bad at all
 

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Has anyone mentioned that since Amanos are bigger, they are also less likely to get eaten by fish.


 

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Dom90 said:
Has anyone mentioned that since Amanos are bigger, they are also less likely to get eaten by fish.
I think somewhere in here someone mentioned it. But ghosts are "spunky" as I call it and are also not super likely to be eaten. But at their price it doesn't really matter...


 

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