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Old 01-17-2015, 02:40 PM   #1
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Anyone have a ghost shrimp colony?

I decided to start a colony in my GBR fry tank, ghost shrimp were only $1 for 10 so I bought some for my tank. Hopefully they will keep it clean. http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/o...psqusfajt1.jpg

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Old 01-17-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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I have 7 and 1 Amano that came with some plants. They are cool and fun to watch. So far they dont seem to clean all that well, but I like them just the same. None of my fish are snacking on them at the moment, but I do have fish that will grow much larger. (Angels)
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:27 PM   #3
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Ya, my GBR is only a few months old but when he gets full grown he might try to eat a few

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I've got 7 as well...can't say I've seen them do much housekeeping either but they are fun to watch anyway. My Betta has tried to nibble at the smaller ones a time or two, but he's slow and lazy enough that he gives up after a couple tries.


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Old 01-17-2015, 04:56 PM   #5
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You haven't had your ghost shrimp breed?

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You haven't had your ghost shrimp breed?

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They can't breed in freshwater. They're fry go through a larval stage where they are free floating and then need brackish water conditions to develop.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:25 PM   #7
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Really, I've never heard of this... is it true for all shrimp?


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Anyone have a ghost shrimp colony?

No, the neocaridina varieties (such as red cherry shrimp) breed readily in freshwater conditions.

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Unfortunately Hailey and Dallas are right- you won't get babies/won't be able to sustain a ghost shrimp colony. However the red cherry shrimp and others in that family will. It's because they skip the larval stage that they need salt for.


There are a bunch of varieties in that family. That said ghost shrimp are bigger and will eat them so if you switch over you will want to take the ghosts out of the tank first


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I have one little guy and he's awesome I'm thinking about getting a few more. Whenever I walk into my room, he comes right up to the glass and watches me! He's such a character Click image for larger version

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