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Old 08-04-2015, 10:35 PM   #1
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The story of the murderous ghost shrimp

My brother has a betta tank and decided to get tank mates for his betta. We went to the lfs and he chose two ghost shrimp. He put them in his tank and after a few days his betta killed one. He gave me the other shrimp and i put it in my 15 gal.


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Old 08-04-2015, 10:47 PM   #2
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Within a week the ghost shrimp killed
A healthy full grown guppy. Two weeks later it killed my small albino bristle nose algae eater. Today i flushed the algae eater and moved the ghost shrimp to my betta tank. My betta seems afraid to go too close to the shrimp. I only hope i don't wake up tommorow and see my beta dead. 
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:49 PM   #3
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Sorry for bad quality pic , ghost shrimp aren't photogenic.


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Yikes! Sounds like a trouble maker.
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:09 PM   #5
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I never liked ghost shrimps. Keep them as feeders.

If you want inverts in your tank, get an amano or rock shrimp.

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Ghost shrimp are photogenic! haha

but wow I haven't heard of a ghost shrimp going on a rampage like that. usually mine just got eaten.
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Are you sure it is a ghost shrimp? Could it be a whisker shrimp? They look similar but the whisker shrimp has longer arms and will kill fish. Google pictures of whisker shrimp and notice the arms with the pinchers on them. Alison
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There is a remote chance that a macro brachium shrimp slipped into the ghost shrimp shipment (say that 3x!). Young specimens look similar to ghost shrimp, however, the front pair of claws are on these very long arms.
Or it simply could be an aggressive ghost shrimp.


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There is a remote chance that a macro brachium shrimp slipped into the ghost shrimp shipment (say that 3x!). Young specimens look similar to ghost shrimp, however, the front pair of claws are on these very long arms.
Or it simply could be an aggressive ghost shrimp.


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I used to want a species only tank of that shrimp. Then when they got big enough, grill them. Lol.

In the meantime, they would be my piranha shrimp.
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What are the parameters of the tank?

Unless you see the ghost shrimp actively pursuing a live healthy fish then I would seriously hesitate to call it a murderous shrimp. Even then, it would be a heck of a task for a shrimp to kill a healthy fish, especially one that is as heavily armored as a bristlenose cat. African cichlids (brutes of the fish world) regularly attack plecos eyes because that's the only sensitive part on them; otherwise plecos completely ignore them.



If you see a shrimp eating a dead fish, then it's doing it's job. They are scavengers and dead fish is a scavengable treat for them.
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