Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Washington, USA
I adore ghost shrimp! I've kept them for many years and I think they're one of the coolest inverts around, despite their lowly status as feeders. They're great swimmers and get to be pretty big (up to 2 inches almost for the really old ones). They actually color up a little bit when they are older, with cute red markings and females holding bright green eggs. That + their size and high activity level make them fun to observe.
Mine are actually quite fond of sinking algae wafers, and also will swim after flake food. I always break up the algae wafers into tiny pieces before sinking. They'll grab them and swim off into the distance! When I had them in a community tank I didn't supplement, but they would go after anything I fed the other fish. I have to say, recently I've really had good luck keeping them with crabs and they like to munch on the crab poop (even ignoring other food to do so...). I think it's safe to say they're true omnivores.
One thing to note about all shrimp is they are pretty sensitive to ammonia & nitrite, so they work best in an established tank. They also need some cover, because even a mild mannered betta might attack a molting shrimp.