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TetraKeeper808
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)17:02    Post subject: Ghost Shrimp Reply with quote

are ghost shrimp just bottom pickers or do they eat algae? thanks
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Shawna in CA
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)17:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

They eat algae and food & anything else they can catch, except for fish. LOL! They pick it from leaves, from tank decorations, from the tank bottom... they're all around really good cleaners.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)18:23    Post subject: mine Reply with quote

When I feed mine (I have 4) they dart up to the top grab a flake and run back down the side of the tank and eat. It's cool when you feed bloodworms because you can see the red going through their bodies. There really fun shrimp for about .20cents. don't have any crabs or frogs in there because they will get eaten!!! I learned the hard way. Poor casper.....
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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)20:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if anyone has had the same experience that I had....they eat the Malaysian trumpet snails.


Its hard to tell if they just ewere cleaning up the dead, or actually killing them.....but if they are doing the former, the snails must not like my tank...lol


I also noticed one(Mts) climbing up the glass, which accidentally knocked down to the sand. By evening, it was ghost lunchmeat(ghost shrimp was acting like someone trying to get the last bits of a slushie at the bottom of a cup with no straw). They eaten around 10, ....and I'm starting to feel they're are no more llarge ones left in this tank.

Then again, maybe its cause snails that end up in my tanks just disappear.
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Taratron
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)22:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buyer beware: I don't think all shrimp SOLD as ghost shrimp are truly that species.

Then again, "ghost shrimp" is a common name....

My terrible two shrimp I had for over a year: they ate everything from MTS to apple snails to all the food I tossed in. They'd fight over bits of carrot, shrimp, and the like...I'm also 99% sure that they killed my female molly and favorite brochis cat....

They never touched algae, but I got a ton of eggs from them almost every month, which they promptly ate....
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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)22:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

True....Shawna found that out quite crazily.

But I'm pretty sure these are ghost shrimp. They havent eaten any of my hets(who are about half the size of the shrimp), as they arent quick enough. The are quite maneuverable though, and I often see one snatch snatch a piece of flake, and then"take off" and hover helicopterlike to keep his tidbit from the other shrimp.


Lots of different species are sold as ghost shrimp. Ususally form Paleometes(spelling?).
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MK
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PostPosted: 2003.08.23(Sat)3:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taratron wrote:
Buyer beware: I don't think all shrimp SOLD as ghost shrimp are truly that species.
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Smile
Hi.. would you please post a link to a photo of them?
I do have shrimps in my tank, but I think they are
Yamato nuba ebi (Shrimps of the yamato swamp)
or better known as Caridina japonica (Amano's shrimps)
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They never touched algae, but I got a ton of eggs from them almost every month, which they promptly ate....


If any similitude occours with amano's shrimps, eggs simply Cannot
be taken to any "ripening" or maturation because of the lack of SALT
in the water. Shrimps actually do reproduce in at least semi-salted waters
for a Very good reason: they use salt to build theyr external skeleton
(esoskeleton?)
Greetings..
MK!
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giddyland
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PostPosted: 2003.08.24(Sun)1:05    Post subject: question Reply with quote

I just got 3 ghost shrimps. I read that you are supposed to add iodine in the water for them. Is this neccessary? I also have danios, I don;t think iodine would do well with them no? how you guys take care of them and do you ever have a problem with them jumping out while gravel cleaning?
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PostPosted: 2003.08.24(Sun)5:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do want shrimp larvae to develop into adults, You DO have to add salt (iodine, if you prefer) into the water. For this reason, larvae should be taken into a different dedicated tank..
I do have a good friend who did grow some of them but I do not know if I could post a link to His site here... Wink
He his Italian, by the way, like I am.. Smile
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