Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Very far away from you!
One thing I'd like to add--
If your ghost shrimp are only lasting 2 weeks, either your betta has lots of fun with them or you're doing something wrong.
My ghost shrimp, all three of them, when living with my betta, had plenty of live plants and decorations to hide in. They were only in a 3 gallon tank but with their air stone they flourished and had crystal clear bodies. They ate pellets from the surface and also cleaned up the moss ball, using their little claws to poke through it.
Also shrimp are supersensitive to copper, so if you've got copper in your water, it's surely murdering them.
They like their Ph between 7-7.8 so above or below could take a toll on them.
Ghost shrimp live 1-2 years, so if it's just the Petco's poor quality care of them that's making them weak, don't buy them.
The rule of thumb is a healthy ghost shrimp is crystal clear and actively moving around, eating, and preening itself.
A sick shrimp will have a pinkish or white tint and will be listless and motionless, in hiding.
Molting also kills them if there are water quality problems (my favorite shrimp died this way). HOWEVER-- if your shrimp suddenly disappears without a trace, or you just find an exoskeleton, chances are it molted and is in hiding, waiting for its skin to harden. One of my shrimp disappeared for about 3 weeks and I re-found him by digging up all of the gravel....as it turns out he was hiding underneath the under gravel heater.
Fun things shrimp are, and they're well worth keeping if they're healthy.
Other than that, I don't really suggest many animals for a 5 gallon because of limited plant space and oxygen.
7 bettas, 2 goldfish, 50+ (accidental) snails, 2 parakeets, 1 dog, 2 cats
Rest in peace Butch, greatest dog ever, Omelette the Veiltail, and Chipita the Veiltail