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Old 05-06-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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'Ghost' shrimp tries to eat its own fry


Hello folks,

Here's the story. I set up a new shrimp bowl and bought 4 berried ghost shrimp to start the cycling process (don't worry I seeded it with some media). When I came back from school I noticed one female didn't have eggs any more, and there were/are about 15 small shrimplets, each averaging 3-4 mm long. They seem to be OK, but the only problem is that another mother will run around trying to grab and eat the small shrimp!!! There's moss for biofilm and I added some of Jake's seasonal carrot, both which are being ignored. Does this mean ghosts will try to eat the fry of other species?!?

Help please, I don't want to add any neos until this issue is fixed.

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Old 05-06-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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I have caught my ghost eating a cherry.
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Oops the title is wrong... I meant to say 'eat'

How do I edit the title? Maybe I should just toss all my ghosts then.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:01 AM   #4
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Do not keep ghost shrimp and any other dwarf freshwater shrimp together. Ghost shrimp are known to feed on other shrimps smaller than it. If you're trying to breed the ghost shrimp, it's best to keep in sw and have a hatchery for the larvae. They'll eat their own babies (larvae) if you leave them be.

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"ghost shrimp" is a catch all for any clear colored shrimp. some do live and breed in fresh and some will need brackish/salt to live. if the babies look just like mini adult shrimp then they will be ok in fresh water. with that said they are know for eating anything smaller. so lots and lots of moss or remove the moms once they have not eggs to give the babies a fighting chance
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if the babies look just like mini adult shrimp then they will be ok in fresh water
Ghost shrimp babies shouldn't look like mini adults. If they do, you do not have a ghost shrimp but possibly a faded low grade neo baby. Ghost shrimp eggs hatch and undergo a larval stage just like bamboo and amano shrimp. Though there are many who were successful in having their ghost shrimp breed in freshwater, it is far easier to do so in SW or brackish.


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Oops the title is wrong... I meant to say 'eat'

How do I edit the title? Maybe I should just toss all my ghosts then.
I do not believe normal users can edit the title after the thread is made (or there may be a time limit within when you can edit it).

I have edited the title for you.
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Ghost shrimp babies shouldn't look like mini adults. If they do, you do not have a ghost shrimp but possibly a faded low grade neo baby. Ghost shrimp eggs hatch and undergo a larval stage just like bamboo and amano shrimp. Though there are many who were successful in having their ghost shrimp breed in freshwater, it is far easier to do so in SW or brackish.


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Not necessarily. There are a number of species sold under the moniker "ghost shrimp" and some of them don't need brackish/salt water for the babies to develop.
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Not necessarily. There are a number of species sold under the moniker "ghost shrimp" and some of them don't need brackish/salt water for the babies to develop.


+1 I have some ghost shrimp in pure freshwater and I have smaller, than the ones you buy at the store, ghost shrimp show up after the tank had been setup for about 7-10 months
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Ghost shrimp will also eat larvae if they feel crowded. I had ghost shrimp try to eat their babies while residing in a tupperware container, yet the same shrimp would leave the babies alone when residing in a 10 gallon.
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Well then that means they are gonna get kicked out! Thanks everyone for your input.
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Not necessarily. There are a number of species sold under the moniker "ghost shrimp" and some of them don't need brackish/salt water for the babies to develop.



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+1 I have some ghost shrimp in pure freshwater and I have smaller, than the ones you buy at the store, ghost shrimp show up after the tank had been setup for about 7-10 months



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Ghost shrimp babies shouldn't look like mini adults. If they do, you do not have a ghost shrimp but possibly a faded low grade neo baby. Ghost shrimp eggs hatch and undergo a larval stage just like bamboo and amano shrimp. Though there are many who were successful in having their ghost shrimp breed in freshwater, it is far easier to do so in SW or brackish.

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I never said you can't breed them in freshwater. It is definitely possible and has been done several times before. I did however say that their babies shouldn't be mini adults like neos or caridinas right when they hatch, but they undergo a larval stage which then develops into a "mini adult".

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