How many ghost shrimp in a 5 gallon? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Smile How many ghost shrimp in a 5 gallon?

I'm thinking of getting some ghost shrimp for my tanks. What would be a good number? I do weekly water changes, my tanks are cycled, and all that good stuff. Do they need any special care? Food, water type, etc... Also, are cherry shrimp good too? because my lfs has a huge tank of cherry shrimp! They are so pretty!!

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Cherry shrimp are ghost shrimp that have been genetically bred to be red, they are the same thing though. I have 5 ghost shrimp in my 5.5 gallon with Zeus. He does not seem to mind them, other betta may, or the shrimp may fin nip, not like a tetra, just thinking it it food, But if you get nice shrimp and a friendly betta they can coexist!

They are scavengers and will eat just about anything they can get their little pincers on. They are not primarily algea eaters, but will eat forms of bush algae that proper algae eaters will not touch.

I drop a couple flakes in when I feed Zeus. He has no interest in the flake, it sinks to the bottom and the shrimp go nuts over it. I have also seem them eating the film that grows on my driftwood since it is still leaching tannins.

They are very adaptable like a betta and can thrive in a vast array of conditions, but prefer very stable water conditions. ph rage is 6.0-8.0, water temp 70-80 degrees farenheit. They are salt tolerant and it is beneficial to them when they molt as the new carapace will harden much faster!

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Ok thanks!! I have 4 bettas, so one of them will hopefully work!!

Do you think 3-4 would be good?

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Oh! Do you think that Bettas would be more likely to attack cherry shrimp because of their bright red color?

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Depends on the betta. I wish I could find cherry's in my area, only the regular ghosts here.

Also be sure to never medicate a tank with shrimp in it. Copper is DEADLY to them. Best to treat a sick fish in quarantine.
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Thanks so much!!

Is salt OK for shrimp? Cause I always add a pinch of salt to my tanks....

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they do great with salt, it aid's in their molting.
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Yay!

I can't wait to get me some shrimp!!!!

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Good info on the shrimp. doggyhog, good luck with your shrimp. Let us know how it goes.
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I just looked at the price of cherry shrimp on thatpetplace.com

Oh my goodness, I could get a VT for that price! They are 3.99 each. Maybe I will ask for Cherry shrimp for my birthday. I don't want to spend like 16.00 on something that might get eaten. I might have to go with ghost shrimp.

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