ghost shrimp in brackish

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ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by defool89 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:28 pm

Can ghost shrimp thrive in brackish?
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Post by Pufferpunk » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:32 pm

I've gotta get this into the Library: http://badmanstropicalfish.com/articles/article79.html
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Post by JRC3 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:04 am

Had them in 1.004-5 for a few years.

What tankmates do you want to keep them with?
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Post by defool89 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:05 am

Awesome article it should be...thank you
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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by defool89 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:08 am

JRC3 wrote:Had them in 1.004-5 for a few years.

What tankmates do you want to keep them with?
They are in fw right now and I have a Congo puff coming In the morning via fed ex... theywont be safe so I'm putting them in with my gsp that has no idea how to get one in its mouth so far
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Post by JRC3 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:17 am

defool89 wrote: ... so I'm putting them in with my gsp that has no idea how to get one in its mouth so far
He'll figure it out. It did take my adult F8 quite a few months to go on to hunt them. I only keep GS in my DP tank and also my BBG tank. I do buy GS from time to time for my two F8s to give them something to do. In my area GS are $.35 each at Petsmart or $5 for 25 at Petland. I tried to bread them once with no luck. I bought 3 cherry shrimp once and put the one berried female in breeder bucket and now have 3 generations in there.

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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by sgtmyers88 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:04 am

I threw some in my marine GSP tank and they are still thriving in there while hiding in the LR after 3 months. (you can see them out and about in my POTM entry pic for this month)
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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by RTR » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:20 am

The Ghost Shrimp I get are from the US Gulf Coast. There are several species in the trade around here - some of those species have slow-developing planktoic larvae and are difficult to breed in captivity. One of the locally-available species has a very short plantonic stage and is breedable in heavily planted FW or light BW. I doubt that it is cost-effective to hobby-breed them as feeders. The adults can and likely will eat the babies.

I suspect that river shrimp in the UK could possibly be similarly bred, but again may not be cost-effective.

There is one small Macrobrachium shrimp species which totally lacks the BW/SW planktonic stages and is easily bred in FW, but it may or may-not annoy or damage substrate-dwelling fish and fry. Like their larger cousins they may be nippy as adults. I do not know its origin. The adult males are highly territorial.

RCS are the easiest tank-bred shrimp for feeders IME.
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Post by HeatherRW » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:31 pm

I've had several in my aquarium since the day after I set it up. Survived and did amazingly good through my fishless cycle. Have went tbrough a couple pregnancies. I've treaded for gill flukes recently and I think it might have killed a few. Only seen 2 since then. I keep my tank 1.003 - 1.004. My f8's won't touch them. They can swim right by and they pay no attention. After I get everything straightened out I want to get some more. They are interesting little boogers to watch!
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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by RTR » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:38 am

Shrimp may serve as scavengers of F-8 leftovers, which is a valuable service if they survive. But don't forget that they too are bioload, so do allow sufficient tank volume for all of the bioload. Don't be shocked if the f-8s eventually eat the shrimp.
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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by Arny » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:08 pm

The ghost shrimp i get in the uk are brackish. In fw they dont last that long.

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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by bertie 83 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:15 pm

There are several types here I believe, they are found in more dense numbers in brackish water not too far from the oceans mouth. Quite likely best adapted to high end brackish. I have caught them in f/w also and most seem to do ok but not thrive in a f/w tank.
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Re: ghost shrimp in brackish

Post by itssteff » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:18 am

I have had ghost shrimp in my high brackish tank (1.019-20 salinity) for a while now; and they are doing just fine minus the fact that a few go missing from becoming dinner occasionally.

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