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Old 06-04-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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Can I keep red cherry shrimp with ghost shrimp?


I bought some red cherry shrimp off of eBay and I was wondering if I can keep them with my ghost shrimp. Yeah, I know, I should have asked this question before getting the red cherry shrimp. There are 18 red cherry shrimp and 9 ghost shrimp. Would that work out well? Has anyone had experience with keeping both species together? Thanks for helping me.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:36 PM   #2
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it's a close thing. Some people say it's fine, but most swear that the bigger ghost shrimp will attack the RCS which I have found to be true in my old tank. At a small population and a good size tank of each it isn't that bad, but as they reproduce they'll start getting at the RCS. seen many a RCS eaten by ghost shrimp

edit. also the stress of the ghost shrimp on the RCS will dull their color some.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:44 PM   #3
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I just watched a ghost shrimp attack and eat a smaller ghost shrimp ,, I say NO those things are vicious
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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I just watched a ghost shrimp attack and eat a smaller ghost shrimp ,, I say NO those things are vicious
exactly. ghost shrimp can be quite territorial. anything smaller than them is in trouble. only way to dodge it is small populations and a large tank so the RCS and ghosts have their own territory. also lots of plants. always need plants.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:19 PM   #5
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i do it and its fine. but my ghosts are very calm, they do however take all the food
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:07 PM   #6
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it's a close thing. Some people say it's fine, but most swear that the bigger ghost shrimp will attack the RCS which I have found to be true in my old tank. At a small population and a good size tank of each it isn't that bad, but as they reproduce they'll start getting at the RCS. seen many a RCS eaten by ghost shrimp

edit. also the stress of the ghost shrimp on the RCS will dull their color some.
Actually sometimes if a shrimp is in danger or is trying to hide there color would actually be even darker, since they are trying to blend in and they don't know that they are red or whatever color the neo is.

But yeah agreed you shouldn't risk it just let them be in a separate tank.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:49 PM   #7
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Ghost shrimp is a generic name what is the species name. Palaemonetes sp. can be kept with atyid shrimp but Macrobrachium will destroy them in an instant.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:04 PM   #8
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i have to agree that i have witnesses many GS kill RCS i thought they were just eating previously deceased shrimp until i watched one come over top of one and kill it. all my GS now reside in a in my danio tank.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:31 PM   #9
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Welllll I hate to disagree with all those folks who probably know a lot more than I do. But I have ghosts and cherries together, and they are not only fine but regularly reproducing.

It's a heavily planted tank, tho. And I'm pretty sure my ghosts are Palaemonetes sp.
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Late to the post but I have a 24 nano and a 10 gallon that has both RCS and ghost shrimp and they coexist and reproduce just fine without any issues. My ghost shrimp are definitely Palaemonetes sp. though.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:56 AM   #11
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its ok unless your tank is at least 15-20gallons...and has a lot of plants and places to hide...but if your RCS start to breed,then your ghost shrimp is gonna have a very satisfiying meal on your babies
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