Ghost Shrimp Care [Diet, Lifespan, Breeding & More]

The ghost shrimp, also known as glass shrimp, is a freshwater crustacean popular with fishkeepers of all experience levels.

Because they are easy to care for, ghost shrimp are a great addition to any tropical community aquarium containing small, non-aggressive fish.

Ghost shrimp are not for the sentimental, as their life spans just one year on average, but this also makes them much more affordable.

Ghost shrimp can be used as feeders for larger fish or as tank cleaners in community tanks.

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Ghost Shrimp Facts & Overview

Ghost Shrimp
Palaemonetes paludosus
Care Level:Easy
Lifespan:1 year
Size:1.5 inches
Minimum Tank Size:5-10 gallons
Tank Setup:Tropical freshwater: Caves and Plants
Compatibility:Small peaceful fish

Ghost shrimp are originally from North America and have been popular in home aquariums since they were first described in 1850.

Ghost shrimp is the common name used for a few different varieties of shrimp, the most popular of which is a freshwater variety belonging to the Palaemonetes family. This article will focus on freshwater ghost shrimp.

There are a number of different species of ghost shrimp within the Palaemonetes genus. However, most fish stores just use the common name ghost shrimp.

Ghost shrimp can be found naturally in habitats all around the world, though most populations are reared in farms as feeder fish or to supply home aquariums.

While frequently used as bait by fishermen, wild populations can be problematic for the fishing industry. Ghost shrimp can be problematic because they act as pests in aquaculture.

In an aquarium, however, ghost shrimp can make your life that little bit easier. Prominent scavengers, these shrimp will clear up any uneaten food as well as keeping algae levels down. Their cleaning prowess will keep the tank looking clean. They do this throughout the day and are always active and busy.

Ghost shrimp can generally be found free-swimming around the tank or feeding on the algae on the walls and bottom of the tank.

While ghost shrimp may prefer to be kept in groups, a single shrimp will function happily on its own.

When buying your shrimp, make sure to check whether they’ve been bred as feeder fish or for a home aquarium. Ghost shrimp that have been bred as feeder fish are often treated poorly and are unlikely to survive for very long.


Ghost shrimp are primarily clear in color, which is why they are called ghost shrimp. They have evolved with this unique physical characteristic as a way to evade predators.

Their clear color allows for the inner workings of their bodies to be viewed as they process food. This unique view into their internal processes is a big reason why ghost shrimp are an attractive addition to many aquariums.

In addition to their transparent color, some specimens of ghost shrimp may have different colored spots on their backs.

Ghost shrimp grow to about 1.5 inches in length, and females tend to become larger than males.

These shrimp have two pairs of antennas, one long and one short. These antennae are sensory organs that detect tactile and chemical information such as toxins and food in the water. Antennae also have social uses, but this is less understood.

Ghost shrimp have a rostrum, which is a beak-like extension, between their eyes and in front of their carapace. The carapace is a hard protective shell that encases the softer parts of the shrimp for defense.

Behind the shrimp’s carapace are six flexible abdominal segments that house pairs of pleopods (think of them as swimming limbs). The sixth abdominal segment connects to the tail, in the middle of which is the telson, the final segment.

Under the telson are four further segments that embody the uropod, forming the iconic tail fan.

Apperance of Ghost Shrimp
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Lifespan and Molting

Ghost shrimp live for around a year, but this can vary depending on the individual and the place of origin.

Because they are so cheap and easy to breed, ghost shrimp are often used as feeder fish for larger species in the home aquarium, and as a result, are often kept in high densities with poor filtration.

This makes them more likely to die during transport and increases their mortality rate. It is common for some individuals to die a few days into life in their new tank, even if the tank is perfectly healthy.

Although their lives are short, ghost shrimp molt regularly as they eat and grow, becoming too large for their previous shell.

This can become fairly frequent. It all depends on how much they eat and how fast they grow.

Once ghost shrimp have shed their old shell, they will be particularly vulnerable until their new shell hardens. While you don’t need to worry too much during this time, don’t be surprised if your ghost shrimp takes damage through rough behavior from boisterous fish.

Ensure that your tank has crevices and plants for molting shrimp to hide in.

When you see a molted shell sitting on the sediment, it’s natural to panic and assume it’s a dead shrimp. However, upon closer inspection, the hollow interior of the husk should clearly identify it as a discarded exterior.

When your ghost shrimp sheds its shell, you don’t need to remove it from the aquarium immediately because it will usually become food for other shrimp in the tank.

Care and Tank Requirements

Ghost shrimp are freshwater shrimp and typically live in rivers or lakes where there is flowing water, fine sediment, and crevices to hide in. These conditions are important to consider when designing your ghost shrimp aquarium.

Given their small size, ghost shrimp can be kept in relatively small environments. A 5-gallon tank should be treated as the bare minimum, but ideally, your tank would be larger. You can safely keep around three or four ghost shrimp per gallon, though you’ll also need to consider the number of other species you have in the tank.

Shrimp contribute to the biological load in your tank, but far less than most fish. If you are unsure of if your tank can handle the waste they produce, then it’s always better to start with fewer specimens so that you don’t risk overstocking the tank. You can always add more later.

An ideal aquarium would contain an abundance of live plants. Some popular examples of live plants suitable for ghost shrimp are hornwort, cabomba, and java moss.

Ghost shrimp will use debris from the plants as an additional food source, varying their diet and tidying your tank at the same time. However, make sure that the plants are hardy so that they can survive any nibbling from stray shrimp.

Plants also provide areas for shrimp to hide in, particularly when molting but also when being harassed. Decorations and rocks can also be used to diversify the hiding spots available.

As bottom-dwellers, ghost shrimp will spend a lot of their time on the sediment and are known to burrow.

Sand or fine gravel reduces the likelihood of damage to the shrimp, and most importantly their sensitive antennae. A fine-grain prevents food from sinking into the sediment as well, meaning that it sits on the surface waiting for scavenging shrimp.

When considering the water parameters in the tank, ghost shrimp are not fussy.

They happily suit standard tropical aquarium conditions. Temperatures can range between 65º and 82ºF. Some people claim that these boundaries can be stretched even wider, but this may stress the animals and reduce shrimp activity.

The water should be slightly hard and kept between a pH of 7.0 and 8.0.

Ghost shrimp enjoy a light flow of water, which can easily be generated by the filter outlet or an air pump.

Generally, the shrimp can cope with most conditions, provided that they remain consistent.

Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels need to be monitored, as well as any other potential pollutants. Overfeeding, overstocking and dirty filters are likely causes for levels to rise.

Ammonia and nitrite are toxic to fish and should be kept as low as possible. Nitrate is less toxic and is used by plants for growth, but should be maintained around 5-10 ppm. Regular water changes will help to control these chemical levels.

If you are keeping ghost shrimp as feeder fish then their tanks can be more simplistic, with a similar setup to a breeding tank (you can read more about this below). Just make sure the water is kept clean and moving.

Diet and Feeding

The ghost shrimp diet is simple and flexible, as they are easy to feed and will greedily eat anything you present them with. This includes most shop-bought foods such as flakes, pellets, and algae wafers.

Their broad diet makes them excellent tank cleaners, as they will consume excess algae, plant detritus, and any food leftover from a fish’s meal.

Watching a shrimp rise to the surface to grab a flake is particularly entertaining, but if you have a tall tank then sinking pellets will make it easier for them to grab some food before all of the mid-water fish take it.

One algae pellet will easily fuel a tank containing many shrimp, any more and you risk overfeeding.

Calcium supplements could also be added to ensure your ghost shrimp forms a strong shell.

It is important to note that copper is very toxic to shrimp and should not be introduced into the tank. When adding medication into the water, be sure to check its ingredients, as many medications contain copper.

Compatibility with Other Fish

Ghost shrimp are peaceful creatures, but obviously, this cannot be said about all tropical fish.

The shrimp’s gentle nature and small size make them prone to being eaten by larger tank mates. Consequently, ghost shrimp should only be added to a non-aggressive community of small fish.

Some good tank mates could be:

There is an extensive range of fish that should be avoided. A general rule is to stay away from fish that have a large enough mouth to eat a shrimp.

Fish with a reputation for being hostile or territorial are also likely causes for the loss of ghost shrimp. Betta fish are a good example of aggressive fish that are popular in home aquariums but should not be paired with ghost shrimp.

Fish are not the only available tank mates. Because most aquarium shrimp share a similar temperament, you can add other species to complement the ghost shrimp.

Cherry shrimp pair particularly well due to their vibrant colors, but other species work well too (e.g. bamboo shrimp, vampire shrimp, or amano shrimp). Snails are also a good way of diversifying the tank.

Cherry Shrimp
Cherry Shrimp


If ghost shrimp are kept in a healthy environment with no predators and limited stress then they are generally easy to breed. This is one reason why they are so commonly used as feeder fish.

However, a breeding tank is needed in order to grow your population. Make sure that there are males and females in your main tank, females can be spotted once they’ve matured because they grow to be much larger than the males and develop a green saddle underneath their bodies.

Every few weeks females should produce eggs, around 20-30 green dots attached to the female’s legs. When you see this, wait a few days so that the males have a chance to fertilize them.

Then move the berried female (individuals bearing eggs) to the breeder tank before the eggs hatch, otherwise the young will become a food source for any other creatures around.

When the eggs hatch in the breeder tank, move the female back to the main tank or she will be tempted to eat her own young. This should take about three weeks.

The breeder tank should have a sponge filter so that none of the young get sucked into the equipment.

The rest of the tank should be similar to the main tank but it can be more minimalist.

There should be a thin layer of sediment down but fewer hiding spaces are needed. A few plants are useful since they act as a food source for the young shrimp.

Along with plant debris and any algae in the tank you should feed the larvae very small amounts of fine particle food, as they have tiny mouths.

Once they have grown legs you can feed them the same food as the adults. After five weeks they should be fully grown and able to be moved to the main tank if desired.

Is a Ghost Shrimp Right for Your Aquarium?

There are many reasons to choose ghost shrimp for your aquarium.

Their small size and ease to breed make them a cheap addition to an aquarium. Prices vary from around $1-$3 per shrimp, so you should be able to purchase a few without breaking the bank.

In return for just a little effort to look after them, you will be introducing some of the best cleaners to your tank.

Their body shape and coloration (or lack of it) vary the aesthetic of the tank, and their busy and active lifestyles ensure that there is always something to look at.

Although not ideal for a tank with big fish, ghost shrimp make perfect additions to tropical communities of small, non-aggressive fish.

Ghost Shrimp FAQs

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Robert Woods is the creator of FishKeeping World, a third-generation fish keeper, and a graduate in animal welfare and behavior. He is also a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America, and the Nature Conservancy.


  1. Sarah Foote says:

    I have some questions about keeping ghost shrimp. I started a small tank, in anticipation of housing a betta, but I have not done so yet. i established a zebra snail, tiger snail, and three ghost shrimp to cycle the tank. I ended up with two female shrimp who had eggs and one small male to start. I can see the two females and they have since lost their eggs, but the male has been hard to find. I did a water change today and I’m not sure if I have a shed (stuck to a live plant) or a dead male. I can see the two females. At this point I’m more interested in making sure that my water quality is good before I even think about adding a betta. I’m also worried about the shrimp. I’ve done water changes and checks. I had some teak wood in the the tank that I hoped would lower the hardness, but it lowered it way more than I thought, even after doing water changes. I took the teak out, but I’m not sure where to go from here. I’ve been testing the water and my water is still too acidic. I’ve been working on going through the cycle of the tank, but in every test, my nitrate and nitrite level is low. Chlorine is zero. I don’t really know where to go from here. Right now, I’m looking at making sure I can take care of ghost shrimp before I even introduce a betta. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong with cycling the water. Any advice/help would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your message. We always recommend that you do fishless cycle (including other aquarium animals too). It may take slightly longer but it is always safest for all the fish/invertebrates involved.
      Since you have already cycled your tank with shrimp and snails, all I can do is advice you from here, but if you ever happen to cycle a tank again, don’t put any creatures into it. You can read more about setting up your first tank in our article here:
      Great that your chlorine levels are at 0. Your nitrite levels need to be at zero too, and your nitrate levels should be low (you carry out water changes to keep these low).
      Just wait until your nitrite levels are down. You tank needs to build up a specific bacteria which converts the ammonia to nitrites. Once this has been established, you’ll see the nitrite levels coming down.
      With regards to the acidity problem, have you checked your regular tap water? While it’s unusual for tap water to be acidic, this does happen from time to time. If you’re sure it’s the wood you’ve put in (some wood can alter the pH of the water), you can boil it to remove the toxins. In the meantime, there are plenty of products you can buy to raise the pH, just make sure you do it really slowly to stop your current inhabitants getting stressed.
      Keep an eye of the shrimp on the plant, and just take it out in a few days if you’re sure it’s dead (or just the shed exoskeleton).

      • Grace Roberts says:

        When the ghost shrimp dies, it usually takes on a peach colour, I have found this out by breeding and online.

        • BananaMan says:

          oh wow. today I found a clear shrimp shed, but at the time I thought it was a dead shrimp. I was freaked about until I saw a page about ghost shrimp molting. thanks for the description though! should be helpful.

    • Dakota says:

      Don’t do water changes, Toncontrary believe water changes aren’t good for your tank. Keep the water you have for an extended time, get a pleco in there as well as some Cory cats, there a dirtier fish but they will help you get your water right, there also very hard to hurt or kill as they adapt quickly to there New tank.

  2. alisha says:

    Hi, I’ve recently lost a ghost shrimp that had difficulty molting, what can I do to prevent this in the future. I’d like to breed them with minimal loss.

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Common causes of that impact molting are GH, KH and TDS. Check that your water parameters are all at the levels they’re supposed to be at.

  3. BananaMan says:

    I am wondering- how many babies can a ghost shrimp have at a time? I have tried google, but it says everything BUT what I searched for.

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      They usually carry 20-30 eggs at any one time. Thanks Robert

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  5. Anna says:

    Are ghost shrimp okay to keep with guppies?

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Anna, yes ghost shrimp are fine to keep with guppies. You can read more about keeping guppies on our care guide here: Thanks, Robert

  6. Ella says:

    Are ghost shrimp okay with goldfish?

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Ella, they might be OK being kept with slower fancy goldfish varieties? Which goldfish do you have? Thanks, Robert

      • Patrick Fitch Jr. says:

        I just purchased 3 ghost shrimp and in less than an hour my 2, 3 inch koi fish gobbled them up. The 3 smaller gold fish seamed to be less interested. I am going to buy more shrimp tomorrow because I feel they should be able to survive in my aquarium because there are plenty of rocks and plant to hide in and around. I did a lot of rearranging and stirring up in the process and they were possibly struggling to maintain a safe shelter.

  7. Jennifer Mitchell says:

    I had a Betta in a 1/2 gallon ‘betta tank’ for two weeks until I did some research on why he was lethargic and found out they need more! And filtration and airation…
    So I set up a little 3.5 gallon bio bubble…horrible little tank, has a wicked current and it’s an absolute pain to do water changes or anything else you need to do.
    So I bought a new 10gallon tank with all the fixings (whoever said betta’s are a cheap fish don’t do it right!), Did the cycle, added the Betta and a snail I had got the the 3.5g, a week later added 3 Cory catfish and a week later added 3 ghost shrimp (the store said they went well together). The Betta has left everyone alone though and seems happy in his tank with the others. I’m wondering if I could get a few more shrimp and if so should I stick to the ghost shrimp or could I get others?
    My water is hard
    GH 180
    KH 180
    PH 7.5
    NO2 0
    NO3 0

  8. Trisha says:

    I have two pregnant ghost shrimp and I’m wondering how the process of having the babies will be if I do not separate them into an isolation tank. How many are likely to survive and how long until they are big enough to see so that I can clean the tank without killing those that survive?

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Trisha, I wouldn’t recommend keeping them in a community tank, or even with the mother once they’re born as they’re extremely likely to be eaten. Thanks, Robert

  9. Emmy Andrews says:

    There are these small clear things attached to one of our fake plants that have been there about 2 weeks. They appear to be growing but they’re still so small it’s hard to tell. We had a berried female ghost shrimp so could these be her babies? They’re not swimming or floating around; they’re just attached to the plant and too small to make out any features although they are clear. How fast do the babies grow?

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Emily, The eggs normally stay attached to the mother until they are ready to hatch (around 21 days), she will then flick them off so it is possible that what you’re seeing are tiny shrimp. They’re barely even visible for the first few weeks. If your tank is well established there will probably be enough algae in there for them to eat, if not you’ll need to add some power based feeds such as spirulina. They should be fully grown within 5 weeks. Thanks, Robert

  10. Erika says:

    So I have a small 5 gallon tank, I did a creatureless cycle then added my snail and ghost shrimp, about 2 monthsater (4 days ago) I added one more ghost shrimp and a few small chili rasbora. As was well, unfortunately now I cant find my shrimp! My 4 year old and I have been searching in the tank. I do have a few plants and a little wood for them to hide but it’s been two days with no shrimp.sightings. is this normal? I feel like this is a dumb question but how could my little shrimp just disappear?

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Erika, do you have many hiding places in there? It’s very likely that he is hidden away! Thanks, Robert

  11. Karen Terry says:

    I’m shocked to read that the lifespan is around a year. My little guy had been with us for at least 3 years now! The neighborhood kids have named him Mr. Professor and love trying to find him. When they can’t, they say he’s gone to his laboratory in the “basement” of the tank. Haha. How lucky are we to have had him for so long?!!!

  12. Jesse Thunder says:

    I’ve been wanting to get some shrimps for weeks now to deal with dead plant matters (lots of new moss but isn’t doing too well probably cuz of algae) and was shocked that no one in the big fish club have any Cherries. I found some rare blue but shipping is outrageous when it should be free. Finally, with the mosses getting worse, I just had to grab some shrimps and the Ghost are the only option/color at PetsMart. Was surprised at them being only 39¢ and I grabbed all 8 that they had. Now they are in the tank with no problem so far with my sweet Betta. He isn’t bothering them. I’ve saw one went face to face with him and he was totally chill. Another rode on his back, lmao!!! Hope it doesn’t take long to see results for them to eat the dead/decaying brown stuff of the mosses.

  13. Misti says:

    I read that you could put shrimp with Betas so I did. I don’t know how many I’ve put in there total but I’ll say this, only 3 ghost shrimp have survived and 0 colored shrimp survived. The colored shrimp seem to disappear within 1-2 days. I finally have a shrimp only tank now with 1 pregnant female and I think I just got 2 more females. But I need more tanks cause I want to separate all the colors so I don’t end up with brown or grey shrimp. I also am concerned about moving my pregnant female because I’m afraid it’ll stress her out too much and because I don’t like the idea of having her in a breeder box for weeks. I had her in this tank by herself for weeks hoping she would have them before I got any more shrimp but I gave up thinking she was ever going to have them. But I know I’m an impatient person so maybe it just hasn’t been long enough. Hopefully I can get another tank set up before she has them so she doesn’t have to go in a breeder box! Just thought I’d share my experience with shrimp and Betas. Btw, my Beta didn’t start eating them until I put the colored ones in there with him.

  14. Helen says:

    I have a pair of ghost shrimps I noticed she was carrying eggs in her belly I put her in a tank on her own waited for her dropping the eggs but I cant find them what am I doing wrong thanks

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Helen, did you allow time for the male to fertilize the eggs before moving her? Thanks, Robert

  15. Angelle says:

    I bought three ghost shrimp for my African dwarf frog to eat. He hasn’t eaten them yet, but I noticed that one of them was pregnant a few days ago. Now there is a cluster of semi see through things. They are piled up on the bottom of the tank and they each have little black eyes but they do not move at all. There has to be at least 30 of them. Is this the baby ghost shrimp?

    • Fishkeeping World says:

      Hi Angelle, when you say she looked pregnant, what did you see? Shrimps carry their eggs and in this species, they’ll be a greenish color and will be attached to the shrimps legs. Thanks, Robert

  16. Jake says:

    I dont know if anyone is still keeping up on this page, I just bought 48 ghost shrimp to breed and start feeding my Gold, turquoise, green, Severums. Plus one Oscar. They are in a separate tank and hopefully when the mother gets eggs I’ll move them to another separate tank with a sponge filter, so the little ones survive! This article was really helpful, anymore tips for breeding in large amounts such as the 48 I got.

  17. Leigh Ann says:

    We have two yellow belly sliding turtles that we would like to get some ghost shrimp to help with upkeep of the tank. Do you have any advice on how to clean the tank once we introduce the shrimp? We have to change their water currently about once a week, every two weeks at most. I’m hoping this will extend the time unless this is the norm? As novice aquatic pet keepers, any information you can help with would be greatly appreciated!!

  18. Robin says:

    I have a few ghost shrimps in my guppie tank. One of my shrimps has turned a beige color. I read that she is having issues with molting and that I need to add Iodine to my water. Is this true?

  19. Jennifer Pomerance says:

    I have an online friend who claims to have a 6 yr old ghost shrimp. Is this some kind of record for longevity?

  20. John Gern says:

    I’ve been keeping Ghost Shrimp in my 65g community as cleaners and critters of interest.
    I have a well planted tank with lots of hides for both fish and invertebrates.
    This morning, I spied two tiny sets of antennae belonging to two 1/2 centimeter juvenile shrimp! Against all odds, they are maintaining numbers.
    And, I have a renewable and constant food source for my fish, namely my Peacock Gudgeon Gobies :-)>

  21. Jeanne Smith says:

    Hi Leigh Ann, as a turtle keeper myself, all my life, I would like to know size of tank, diet etc. I would think ghost shrimp would be eaten as soon as they could catch them. You should have a basking place with a uvb/uva light bulb. An overturned clay flowerpot with a flat Rock works well if your turtles are still small. A clamp lamp with a reptile bulb directed at the basking rock works and is cheap. There are internal filters made for turtles, but I use a powerfilter that hangs on the top of the tank, because I have my water level a few inches from the top of the tank. I also have a full hood with a long turtle bulb. You can feed dark lettuces, crickets, earthworms etc. I cut up fish and raw shrimp in bite-sized pieces, and put reptile vitamins on it. I freeze it in snack size bags, in meal size portions, or amt you can use in a couple days, if you have little guys. A couple feeder goldfish are good clean-up buddies until the turtle gets them. Vary the diet, keep them warm, (submersible heater a must) scoop out leftover food,if you don’t have goldfish, and they should live many years. Hope this helps!

  22. Shaun says:

    I would advise leaving the molts in the take, as the shrimp will often eat them to regain some minerals they lose

    • Damon says:

      can you change their colors?

  23. ieva poland says:

    Hello. I have some ghost shrimps in my aquarium, some of them are peaceful , some of them are not. They went after my guppies… Is this behavior natural for the shrimp?

  24. Zechariah Rosenfeld says:

    Do Ghost Shrimp go well with Black Neon Tetras

  25. Debbie Roe says:

    Will my clown loaches eat my ghost shrimp if I put them in the same tank?

  26. Laurel says:

    I have had a ghost shrimp for about 8 months and I just got a new betta fish in my tank to replace my other that had died. Twice now I have found the ghost shrimp up on the side of the tank out of the water. I have managed to get it back into the water and it seems like it is fine. Is the poor thing completely traumatized by the betta fish. It got along (seemingly) with the other betta fish. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  27. Katie Allbaugh says:

    Do ghost and cherry shrimp make noise? I have been noticing a cicada like noise coming from my tank and wonder if it’s them.

  28. Jonathan says:

    I got a 30 gal tank,I started with 12 wild caught ghost shrimp, 3 crawfish, and 2 turtles, (one red ear slider and one yellow belly slider), all plants and rocks are from the wild, nothing store bought except food. I now have too many shrimp and 7 crawfish. Still got the turtles also. Plenty of hiding spots and bigger river stones make great crevices for them to hide. I think the turtles enjoy the shrimp cleaning there shells. The shrimp are just as cool to watch as the turtles are. Thanks for the tips about the Ph,

  29. Donna says:

    Info good and helpful, however, not so fast to give bettas bad wrap please. I have a solo male Koi in 10 gallon w/10+ ghost and solo female Koi in 2.6 gallon w/several ghost. Everyone gets along just fine. When I approach tank to feed male, the shrimp and betta rise to the top for food and all done peacefully together. It’s fun to watch while I can rest my tank kept clean and nitrites low to none. My advice: research the temperament of your betta especially if male. Like people, bettas have unique personalities too. My understanding Koi most docile.

  30. Alisha Allen says:

    Hey everyone..I have a question…I have 2 tanks for my shrimp bc one has the two moms n one dad n the other is all my beautiful but still very micro sized shrimp babies…the parents tank is fine but my babies tank is super cloudy. I have a few plants in the babies tank but I can’t figure out why it looks so cloudy or “dirty”. I checked my levels and only thing that’s reading a bit higher than usual is the nitrites…any ideas how to safely reduce that? I have quite a few babies and don’t wanna lose any if possible! (They are pets not food) also if anyone can recommend a good filter for the babies tank n where to look that be great! I had to make a filter to go over the intake so my babies didn’t get sucked in bc I can’t find any anywhere near me…Thank you so much for your time!

  31. Jack says:

    I had a berried ghost shrimp about a month ago. The eggs hatched in the tank with other fish because I didn’t want babies and didn’t separate them. After about a week, I saw the larvae floating around and a week later, I saw about 3 babies crawling on the gravel. They were big enough to not be eaten. Then, they dissapeared and I haven’t found them since a few days ago. Where could they have gone?

  32. Raye says:

    I have a 55 gallon tank with a large cascade filter and 2 underwater gravel filters. A grate underneath the gravel, usual old time setup. Just seemed an offbeat, not the usual tank set-up these days.
    I have kuhli loaches, bristlenose plecos, bronze corydoras and just added 10 small mystery snails.
    I want to add some more fish, I am thinking about getting more fish (several months ago I lost my almost foot long goldfish, some loaches, some corydoras and some bristlenose – I believe the filter medium wasn’t properly neutralized and had traces of bleach…..everything is now fine)the corydoras are spawning and laying eggs like crazy since the goldfish are gone.
    The fish I am looking to add are tetras (cardinal and super blue emperor) chinese algae eaters (lost him too) tiger barbs and some ghost shrimp.
    They, according to the charts should all get along.
    I used to find my plecos trying to suck the slime coat off the goldfish.
    I also HAD 2 turtles (at different times, found as hatchlings) which I found near dead and nursed back. They were always harassing the mystery snails, and I found him eating one that he finally got to come out of his shell.
    I live in Florida on the west coast gulf area, we have all kinds of free pets, you don’t even have to look…

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