How to Care for Ghost Shrimp: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Care for Ghost Shrimp: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Care for Ghost Shrimp: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

Ghost shrimp, also known as glass shrimp, is one of the most interesting types of aquatic creatures you could keep as a pet. Transparency is their most popular quality, and they can most often be found in dwellings at the bottom of a fish pond feeding on debris. A ghost shrimp's natural habitat is in the brackish water of wetlands, but they are a creative addition to any home aquarium. They are unique spectacles when they are alone in a tank or add them to more populated aquariums to be a character. Taking care of them is simple and rewarding.


Method 1 of 2: Adjusting the Aquarium

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Step 1. Buy an aquarium

If you're not planning on breeding your ghost shrimp, a small tank will do. Do not use anything smaller than 2.5 liters. In general, ghost shrimp don't care about the shape or color of their tank, but adults can get aggressive with each other, so giving them ample space is important.

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Step 2. Buy a filter

Although the ghost shrimp itself does much of the cleaning, a filter is necessary for a healthy aquarium. They are used to remove unwanted debris, excreta, plant matter and chemical pollution from the water column. Ghost shrimp seedlings, which means they will shed layers of their shell as they grow, which means a good filter is essential. Filters come in a huge price range starting at around R$50. For a few shrimp, a heavy duty filter is unnecessary. Buy an external filter that pulls water out of the tank before filtering if you have a huge tank.

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Step 3. Buy an air pump

Shrimp need a pump in their tank to oxygenate the water. Pumps start at R$ 30.00.

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Step 4. Buy gravel or sand for the bottom of your tank

Ghost shrimp are bottom dwellers and receive their livelihood from pieces of food that have fallen from above. Gravel or sand at the bottom of the pond works by retaining your food and making it easier to access a meal. Gravel and sand can be purchased at any pet store and will come in many different colors, styles and prices.

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Step 5. Buy your ghost shrimp

It can cost from R$0.50 to R$6.00 for a single shrimp. Consider whether you want to buy a single shrimp or several. Many pet stores and online vendors sell them in bulk at a discount. Please note that for many stores, availability is seasonal. When choosing a shrimp, pay attention to the color: not all ghost shrimp are the same and can range from completely transparent to red.

Method 2 of 2: Taking Care of Ghost Shrimp

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Step 1. Feed your ghost shrimp twice a day

Give them as much as they can eat in about 1 to 3 minutes. They must be fed by sinking pellets that fall to the bottom of the tank.

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Step 2. Keep the water at 18-28°C

Buy a heater that you can attach to your fish tank if you live in a cooler climate.

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Step 3. Add plants to your aquarium

Ghost shrimp like a medium level of vegetation in their ponds. Be sure to buy aquatic plants from a pet store.

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Step 4. Keep your shrimp company

Ghost shrimp live well with other aquatic creatures such as snails and small fish. Don't put it with fish much bigger than them, or it will be eaten.

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Step 5. Keep baby ghost shrimp away from other fish

Wait to add them to community aquariums until they are adults. You don't want them to be a bigger fish's dinner.

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Step 6. Don't worry if your ghost shrimp doesn't take root

Ghost shrimp are known to live up to 2 years, but just because yours hasn't lived that long doesn't mean you've done something wrong. If the ghost shrimp doesn't stick, don't feel like a failure - it may have nothing to do with the quality of your care.


  • The ghost shrimp will change to different colors based on what you feed them. Patterns develop on their skin as they feed on different types of food.
  • Ghost shrimp have transparent bodies, so it can be fun to watch them digest food.
  • Ghost shrimp will be more visible if the bottom of the tank is filled with darker material.
  • Remember to give your ghost shrimp hiding places, such as plants or hollow shells (you can also buy moonstones at Walmart).
  • Shrimp spawn quickly. If you notice that one of your females is carrying eggs, and you want them to survive, move her to a separate tank with a simple sponge filter. Any other type of filter will filter out all the microplankton the larvae need to survive. Once the larvae are starting to look like a small shrimp, you can move them back to the tank with a normal filter.
  • Ghost shrimp make good tank cleaners. Buy them for your fish tank to help with chores.
  • Ghost shrimp tend to be more active at night, so keeping your tank in a dimly lit room will encourage you to go out more.
  • Betta fish and adult ghost shrimp get along very well together, so consider making them a team.
  • Don't worry if you see a skin in the tank; this means that one of the shrimp has moved. Just pull it out with a net and throw it away.
  • Add some colored lights to make your tank glow.
  • Get creative and use a jar or vase as an aquarium for your ghost shrimp.
  • Consider decorating your tank with items you can't buy at a pet store - vintage Christmas ornaments or antique jewelry are inspiring additions.


  • Ghost shrimp can jump out of their tanks if the water is too high or their tank is uncovered.
  • Buy ghost shrimp sold especially for pets. Shrimp sold for food are usually kept in worse condition and can die faster when transferred to a new environment.
  • Keep the ghost shrimp from being eaten by keeping it with creatures its size.

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