Above: In this picture is a Ghost Shrimp, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Origin: The ancestors of these Shrimp lived in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, but these Shrimp are now found in aquariums throughout most of the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums these Shrimp can grow to be about 1.25" long, including their tails.
Behaviors: These Shrimp are a very good addition to any aquarium because they eat lots of algae, which reduces the amount of algae that grows on aquarium plants.
These Shrimp also eat tiny bits of food, which improves the quality of the water.
In our experience they're not aggressive, but be sure to read Lisa's comment below.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, Corydoras Catfish, small Tetras like Neon Tetras, small Rasboras, Honey Gouramis, and other small fish.
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Temperature: They live pretty well from about 60 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable from about 70 to 75 degrees F.
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Feeding: They eat algae and tiny bits of leftover food. In this way they help improve the water quality.
Water Conditions: They are tolerant of pH from 6 to 8. Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: Any size aquarium or fish bowl is adequate.
Decor: They do not need gravel in an aquarium with a good filter, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful, improve the water quality, and are enjoyed by these Shrimps, and these Shrimps will carefully groom the plants by removing some types of algae.
All types of Aquarium Plants are compatible with these Shrimp.
Non-toxic driftwood is also very good.
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Aquarium Filter: They can live in a fish bowl with only a thin layer of gravel to biologically filter the water.
In aquariums we almost always recommend a Bio-Wheel Filter.
A Penguin 100B Filter in an aquarium with 10 to 20-gallons of water is ideal, and a Penguin 200B Filter is the right size for a 20 to 30-gallon aquarium.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: These Shrimps can live for a few years.
Gender: Females are usually quite a bit bigger than males of the same age.
The patterns on the sides are slightly different, but the differences are difficult to describe.
The male's underside is usually flat, but a females is rounded and a lot of times they will be carrying eggs, so her underside will be darker.
Breeding: The babies of these Shrimp are very small, and so they're very difficult to raise in an aquarium. But often do well in a pond.
Popularity: These Shrimp are now very popular.
Names: The scientific name is for this Shrimp is Palaemonetes paludosus.
Variations: We are not aware of variations, but this species occurs across a very large region, so there may be variations.
Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Pet Shrimps, including a picture gallery.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrTom - 03/12/2015
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