Murder Thirsty Ghost Shrimp!

Discussion in 'Ghost Shrimp' started by Bek, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. BekValued MemberMember

    I got ghost shrimp a couple days ago, they only had 3, so I got all 3. They were fine and happy but i wanted just a few more.
    Then went to another petco the other day and got 3 more.
    They're neat and fun to watch, and my tank had grown lots of moss and my plants came with insects that were killing them so it seemed like a good fix.
    This morning I turned the lights on and one was on the other! I immediately thought it was hurting the other one, but wondered....maybe they're reproducing??
    But nope, I have a murderous ghost shrimp. He got 3 of them. The survivors are in my 2.5gal now instead.
    So, im wondering...

    Is this normal behavior?
    Do I have to worry about this with blue velvet shrimp?
    What do I do with the bully shrimp? Maybe give him back to petco? He was fine in their tank im guessing. Evil little cannibal.

  2. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    You most likely have a whisker shrimp which are more aggressive than ghost shrimps and have been known to kill fish. Glass shrimp are somewhat commonly sold at big chain pet stores as ghost shrimps

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017
  3. BekValued MemberMember

    Aww is there a difference in the shape of their bodies or anything so I can tell? I wouldnt want them eating any colorful shrimp I eventually get
  4. BekValued MemberMember

    Here's the meanie eating an already headless glass/ghost shrimp :/

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  5. James17Well Known MemberMember

    I think he would get a death sentence in my tank. Unfortunately
  6. BekValued MemberMember

    I certainly can't keep him, and I dont know that petco wants him back...hes 49 cents and might attack more...err flushing? Is that cruel?
    I dont want him suffering if i dont return him
  7. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    I believe they have a longer claw
  8. DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    It could also have been that new ghost shrimp you added were already dying/diseased and the ghost shrimp was just eating the dead body. Ghost and whisker shrimp (larger sometimes confused species) could in theory kill another shrimp, but it would have to be very rare to be able to catch a healthy shrimp. Let alone 3 in a row, odds are something else is going on.
  9. BekValued MemberMember

    One was super teeny tiny, but yeah the others were normal sized. Maybe I got sick shrimp and the survivors are my first bunch of shrimp. Though that'd mean that maybe theres one I didnt catch in my 10 gal (entirely possible, my water has major bacteria bloom)
  10. BekValued MemberMember

    I looked idk, none of them really even have anything I'd consider a claw, they just look like sad twig-like bug arms to me
    Hes definitely bigger than all the others
  11. BekValued MemberMember

    Only one dead though, (the one i cought the big guy eating)
    I dont know what i fished out earlier that looked like a fish tail then, because that was before the victim got its head eaten

    So does that mean
    It killed a sick shrimp or he (bully) is not a ghost
    Maybe both?
    Unsafe with other shrimp and a betta still, you think?

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