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Old 09-16-2014, 05:27 PM   #1
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Will ghost shrimp survive overnight?

I want to get some ghost shrimp to help keep my tank clean. However, I live 2 hours from the nearest pet store so I don't get there very often. My sister is going to university in the city, and I was going to get her to bring me some shrimp when she comes home this weekend. However, because of her class schedule, she won't be able to get to a pet store Friday before she leaves. Will the ghost shrimp survive overnight if she picks them up Thursday evening and they don't get into the tank until Friday evening? What can I tell her to do to optimize their survival chances??

Also, how many shrimp do you think I should get? I have a 55 gallon bow front community tank that's lightly planted. Are ghost shrimp my best bet? I picked them cuz they seem easy-ish to care for and shouldn't be too hard to find. My pet stores have limited selection sometimes.


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Old 09-16-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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I want to get some ghost shrimp to help keep my tank clean. However, I live 2 hours from the nearest pet store so I don't get there very often. My sister is going to university in the city, and I was going to get her to bring me some shrimp when she comes home this weekend. However, because of her class schedule, she won't be able to get to a pet store Friday before she leaves. Will the ghost shrimp survive overnight if she picks them up Thursday evening and they don't get into the tank until Friday evening? What can I tell her to do to optimize their survival chances??

Also, how many shrimp do you think I should get? I have a 55 gallon bow front community tank that's lightly planted. Are ghost shrimp my best bet? I picked them cuz they seem easy-ish to care for and shouldn't be too hard to find. My pet stores have limited selection sometimes.


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Yes they should survive.

After your sister picks them up. Place then in a small box to reduce their stress. Then leave them in her house/apt until she leave to come see you. When you get them drip acclimate them for a greater success rate, at least one hour.

As far as how many it depends on the fish you have and how many of them. I would say start with 20.

I started with glass shrimp too. They're fun and easy to care for.


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Okay awesome! This is great news because I really didn't want to wait a month + till I get to the city to get some additions to my tank. I will check out glass shrimp as well!


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Old 09-16-2014, 06:24 PM   #4
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Oh my bad. After a quick google I see glass shrimp are just another name for ghost haha. I'm new to shrimp if you can't tell ;P


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Sorry to have confused you. I started with ghost shrimp (aka glass shrimp) and they are pretty cool. But then I wanted something different....something with a bit of color and thats when I got into red cherry shrimp (RCS). I didn't have any around so I bought some off eBay.

So if you can't wait, just order online.


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No worries! Yeah I'd like to eventually get some different varieties too. Ordering online isn't really an option unfortunately, as I live in rural Canada and it's almost impossible to find someone that will ship her.


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Putting the bag of fish in a cooler is great for evening out temperature swings in the car.


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Old 09-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #8
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I too want to maybe get some ghosties! Is it true you can see their little eggs in their body since they are clear? What temps do they like? Will they be ok in a newly cycled tank or do they prefer an aged tank?


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I'm definitely no expert (as I've already demonstrated in this thread :P) but from the research I've done they like a temp of 74-82 F. They're also very sensitive to water parameters


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Oh sensitive huh? That's probably not going to work since I'm a total newbie


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