Ghost Shrimp – Freshwater

lg Ghost Shrimp
Latin name: (Paleomonetes sp.)

Care Level





Clear, Orange, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

10 gallons



Ghost Shrimp are fascinating invertebrates that have a unique and captivating appearance. Their bodies are transparent and feature ten sets of legs, with the first four sets having tiny claws. The tail also has an orange to yellow colored spot in the center. Although they are small creatures, they reach a maximum size of 2″. Ghost Shrimp are not only interesting to look at, they are also incredibly helpful in the aquarium environment, feeding on algae, uneaten food and detritus. They make a great addition to any aquarium and are a beneficial species to have in the tank.

The ideal environment for the Ghost Shrimp is an established freshwater aquarium of at least 10 gallons with plenty of hiding places and a mature substrate. This will ensure the shrimp have a safe and secure place to live. Additionally, it should be housed with small, peaceful fish that will not pose a threat of eating the shrimp. Furthermore, the aquarium should have plenty of oxygen and a moderate water flow to keep their environment healthy and comfortable. Lastly, the aquarium should have a stable water temperature of between 68-82 degrees Fahrenheit. With these conditions, the Ghost Shrimp will be able to thrive and live a long, healthy life.

Ghost shrimp are a fascinating and easy to keep aquarium fish. They will readily breed in the aquarium if kept in large enough groups, and the female carries the eggs, which appear as small green dots under the tail. If interested in raising the shrimp, remove the female to a different aquarium until the shrimp hatch. At that point, return the female back to the main aquarium and feed the baby shrimp newly hatched brine shrimp, rotifers, or a suitable liquid food.

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