How Much Do Ghost Shrimp Change Your Stocking?

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Do ghost shrimp have a significant impact on a tank's stocking?

How many ghost shrimp are recommended for any size tank (determined how)?
Recommended max?
Doable min?

I keep reading that they "reduce nitrates", but how do they reduce nitrates?

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They don't reduce nitrates but they will eat some of the uneaten food which would have created ammonia.

I would probably have 1 ghost shrimp per 2 gallons in a tank with a normal stocking density of fish. In a heavily planted tank with no other animals I think you could have 1 per gallon.

There is no minimum number.
 

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They change your stocking not because they add a lot of bioload, but because they limit what fish you can keep with them. Many larger fish will eat them.
 

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Shrimp are a great cleanup crew. Not only will they eat uneaten food they will also pick thru fish poop and eat any undigested morsels they can find. Agree with above the only problem is larger fish will eat them. My giant danios and angel fish love hunting them down.
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They don't reduce nitrates but they will eat some of the uneaten food which would have created ammonia.

I would probably have 1 ghost shrimp per 2 gallons in a tank with a normal stocking density of fish. In a heavily planted tank with no other animals I think you could have 1 per gallon.

There is no minimum number.
I wonder why people keep saying that in articles about the nitrates.
I didn't see how it was possible either, but I read it a couple of times.
So much garbage info out there 1418]
 

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I wonder why people keep saying that in articles about the nitrates.
I didn't see how it was possible either, but I read it a couple of times.
So much garbage info out there 1418]
I think what is meant by that is shrimp take care of leftovers an some poop before it turns to ammonia . less ammonia = less nitrate .
 
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I kinda feel like I want one or two once I'm done stocking.
My stocking plan was made here of:
8 Diamond Tetra
8 Kuhlis
1 ABNP
1 (m) Dwarf Gourami
1 (f) Molly

It's a 29g
AC70
Air stone
Becoming lightly planted
0/0/10
pH 7.6

Do you guys think the shrimp would be over-doing it?
 

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I don't think they would even reduce nitrates through reduction of ammonia produced by fish food though. They're eating the food and producing their own ammonia from the waste from eating that food.

Mollies might eat the ghost shrimp, but they're cheap enough that it shouldn't be that big of a deal
 
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Thanks, @TexasDomer, one of my better LPS has a bunch of ghosts all the time for about 38¢/per.
Maybe I'll pick up one or two in the near future.

I don't really want them for any reduction purposes, I just was mesmerized at their tank the other day, lol
 
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