The Basic Care Guide For Ghost Shrimp


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ghost shrimp are fairly small shrimp with an almost “ghost-like” appearance. They are great for small tanks and they are just fascinating creatures to watch. They are so clear that you can actually see food as well as eggs inside of them! These shrimp are truly fascinating creatures God has made. These shrimp are good cleaners as they eat plant debris, so if you have plants and some seem to create dead plant debris that you really just don’t want in your aquarium, you perhaps should look into getting some of these!

Tank size

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Many recommend 5 gallons for these shrimp, but they could stretch and could thrive in a 3 or even a 2.5 gallon tank. Others say 1 gallon could work for a very small colony of 3-4. They are fairly small and can live in fairly small tanks!


Some tankmates could be

  • Snails
  • Possibly Neon Tetras
  • Other shrimp
  • Possibly Cory Catfish, especially of smaller kinds such as pygmy


Tank Environment

Like all shrimp, ghost shrimp do best with plenty of green aquarium plants. For ideal situations, the plants will be lush and green, and almost everywhere in the tank. Also, a special substrate would be best for both the shrimp and the plants. One type of substrate could be sand (make sure the sand is safe!!!).


There are multiple different types of food you can feed your shrimp such as …

  • Fruit such as watermelon and cucumbers
  • Vegetables such as zucchini
  • Algae pellets
  • Frozen foods such as frozen bloodworms
  • More such as small live food

You can also supplement your ghost shrimp with calcium. Calcium rich foods that you can feed your ghost shrimp could be kale, broccoli and collard greens. You can read more about this here. 

Water Temperature

The ideal water temperature for ghost shrimp is about 72-82. They can in much colder temperature, in fact as low as 65 F!


The ideal pH for ghost shrimp is about 6.0-7.0.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Try reading “The Basic Care Guide For Boesman’s Rainbowfish!

Also try, “How to Make an Ecosphere!”


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