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hello, I have a tank planted with a sponge filter,

I had put some snails and ghost shrimp for two weeks after adding the fish but these days and seen some little things that look like shirmp you babies, I do not know what to do, if I add the fish they will eat the babies
 

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Real ghost shrimp are hard to breed. They need salt or at least brackish water. You probably have copepods of some sort. I think there is a little grass shrimp that will breed in fresh water down in our Gulf of Mexico states. Might have those too in the Dominican Republic.

If I want a fish tank as opposed to a shrimp tank I'd just consider them free food.
 

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I believe ghost shrimp and grass shrimp are the same animal- Palaemonetes Paludosus . At least, I believe the trade name for grass shrimp is ghost shrimp and they will breed in fresh water. Central and South Florida lakes and creeks are usually littered with them, especially in hydrilla beds as well as val flats. We used to seine them by the pound when I was growing up.

Amano shrimp, on the other hand, need brackish water to spawn.
 

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Amano shrimp, on the other hand, need brackish water to spawn.
This. I was pretty sure that it was only Amano that needed to brackish water to breed. And, as a note, even they don't need brackish water to breed, they just need it for the young to survive. My amanos breed rather regularly, and sometimes, I'll even see the young floating around in the water for a day or two.

As to OP's question, yes, it is very possible that fish will eat the babies. So, the options are having a dedicated shrimp tank, wait until the shrimp are older and bigger before adding fish, or if the tank is heavily planted enough, see if the numbers are strong enough for some of them to survive.
 
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