Shrimp are lots of fun. They are transparent
so you can see the food go through them. They
have four "arms" with tiny pincher claws on
the end, and they use all four of their arms
simultaneously to pick up and eat bits of food
from the gravel. Children love to watch them
and think Ghost Shrimp are great.
is like the ones we have for sale at
our online store. Click
here for more about buying Ghost
Shrimp from us. Ghost Shrimp are good
scavengers and eat small particles of
food to help keep the water clean.
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Every couple of
months each Ghost Shrimp will shed its exoskeleton,
so it can increase in size. Sometimes you'll
see an old exoskeleton lying on the bottom the
aquarium. When a Ghost Shrimp sheds its exoskeleton,
its exposed body is very soft for a couple of
days. During this period the Shrimp will prefer
to hide under a rock or an ornament where it
won't be eaten. So it's important to provide
a safe hiding place for your Ghost Shrimp. Sometimes
you can see a large female Ghost Shrimp over
1" long with the underside of her body covered
with pink eggs.
long Amano (Algae Eating) Shrimp
on top of a dime. Picture taken
in our facility by The Big Katuna.
Shrimp can live in fish bowls and aquariums
with and without an aquarium heater at a temperature
between 65 and 82 degrees F. Every few months
a Ghost Shrimp molts its exoskeleton. When this
happens, it's soft body is exposed, and it's
vulnerable to being eaten. You can protect your
Ghost Shrimp by putting a piece of a broken
flower pot on the bottom of your Ghost Shrimp's
home to form a small hiding place for the Shrimp.
Put the piece of the
broken flower pot with it's inside
facing down on the bottom of your Shrimp's home,
so there is a small cave for your Shrimp to
crawl under. If this cave is not big enough
for the Shrimps, prop the piece of the flower
pot up with a small rock or piece of gravel,
or another piece of the broken flower pot. The
idea is to give the Ghost Shrimp a hiding place
that is too small for the other animals. So
the Shrimp will be safe while it molts.
Of course you
must always be sure that everything, such as
a piece of a broken flower pot, that goes into
your Ghost Shrimp's home, is clean and not contaminated.
here to read more about how to avoid contaminating
Shrimp eat particles of food that they pick
off the bottom and off of plants. They will
also swim upside down and travel just under
the surface of the water to eat food particles
off the surface. Click
here for more about feeding. I also feed
my Ghost Shrimp a few live Black Worms every
other day. Click
here for more about feeding Black Worms.
Shrimp quarrel and spar with each other. It's
fun to have a few, but when there are too many
Ghost Shrimp, the bigger ones will make the
smaller ones miserable. Put 3 or 4 in a large
fish bowl, 6 to 8 in a ten gallon aquarium,
and about one Ghost Shrimp per gallon in larger
read about several groups of compatible fish.
Gallery of Shrimp pictures
five pictures of Ghost Shrimp, including one
living life dangerously by grooming the back
of a Dragon Fish, which will often eat Ghost
Shown above, a beautifully marked
Cherry Shrimp on a big piece of dark driftwood.
Shown above, a Singapore Shrimp with
its four fan-like appendages spread apart, straining
the water to find tiny bits of food to eat.
beautiful Deep Red Sakura Shrimp picking bits
of stuff off a big Lava Rock in one of our aquariums.
here to learn more about why we keep Lava
Rocks in all of our aquariums, fish bowls, and
a very pretty Blueberry Shrimp is fastidiously
removing bits of uneaten food from a piece of
Lava Rock in one of our small aquariums, which
helps improve the water quality.
Just above, a young Amano
Shrimp, which is very popular in aquariums,
because it's hardy and eats lots of unwanted
Size and Lifespan
Shrimp can live for a year or two. Female Ghost
Shrimp grow to about 1.5", and males grow to
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