How Much Do Ghost Shrimp Change Your Stocking?

Discussion in 'Ghost Shrimp' started by CarrieFisher, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. CarrieFisherWell Known MemberMember

    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?

    Thank you?

  2. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    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.

  3. vikingkirkenWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  4. Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    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.[​IMG][​IMG]
  5. CarrieFisherWell Known MemberMember

    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
  6. Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    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 .
  7. CarrieFisherWell Known MemberMember

    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
    Air stone
    Becoming lightly planted
    pH 7.6

    Do you guys think the shrimp would be over-doing it?
  8. Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    No you can add few shrimp
  9. CarrieFisherWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks, Dave
    They're just fascinating to watch!
    I think I'll wait until I'm all done adding the Kuhlis (adding them last).
  10. Dave125gFishlore LegendMember

    Your welcome . I love them too. I wish I could keep them in my 75.
  11. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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 :)
  12. CarrieFisherWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks, @TexasDomer, one of my better LPS has a bunch of ghosts all the time for about 38ยข/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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