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  • Which shrimp species are best for beginners? | 4 best starter shrimp

    If you're just getting into shrimp keeping it can be a little difficult to figure out which type to start with. There are so many species! So many colors, sizes and different requirements to choose from. Some are difficult to care for and some are super easy. Luckily, The Shrimp Farm can help.

    Keep reading to find out the 4 best starter shrimp!

    Red Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Red)

    Red Cherry shrimp are probably the most popular dwarf shrimp among both beginners and more experienced shrimp keepers. And for good reason! This red Neocaridina variety is not too fussy about water values, very easy to breed and quite decorative. Colors can vary from a light pink to deep blood red and with smart selective breeding you can easily improve the intensity.

    Keep your Red Cherry shrimp in a fully cycled aquarium of at least around five gallons (19L). If you're interested in breeding your Cherries a single species setup with only shrimp is recommended. However, these shrimp also do well in peaceful community setups, as they breed very quickly and the occasional casualty won't damage the population at all. Provide your Red Cherries with plenty of hiding places, especially in community tanks, and feed a high quality shrimp food.

    You can find a full Red Cherry shrimp caresheet at The Shrimp Farm here.

    Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

    Amano shrimp are named after the late famous aquascaper Takashi Amano, who first introduce them into the aquarium hobby on a large scale. Though colorless and not too exciting to look at, these shrimp are among the most popular because they are pretty hardy, have a huge appetite for algae and make a great cleaning crew. They are a little larger than dwarf shrimp but still entirely peaceful and a great addition to any peaceful community tank. The only downside is that they are almost impossible to breed in the home aquarium: they hatch as larvae which go through a brackish stage where they need a very specific amount of salt. After that, they need to be returned to fresh water at exactly the right time.

    Keep your Amano shrimp in a heated and cycled aquarium of at least around ten gallons (38L). As with all shrimp, provide plenty of hiding places in the form of plants, rocks and driftwood. If there is plenty of algae for the shrimp to eat you don't have to supplement their diet all that much but be sure to always have some shrimp food on hand in case the algae run out.

    You can find a full Amano shrimp caresheet at The Shrimp Farm here.

    Blue Dream shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Blue)

    Blue Dream shrimp are a blue Neocaridina davidi variety: basically a blue version of Red Cherries. Their care requirements are the same, they don't need very specific water values and their striking color makes them a great eyecatcher in any shrimp tank. Like all shrimp they also make a good cleaning crew that keeps the aquarium tidy by eating leftover foods and algae. They can be combined with small, peaceful fish species (provided there are enough hiding places) but show themselves more and breed more readily in an invert-only setup with snails and other shrimp.

    There are plenty more Neocaridina davidi varieties out there, all of them easy to care for and a great breeding project for beginners. Go for Blue Velvets if you're looking for a lighter blue color or maybe a bright Yellow! Just don't combine these shrimp in one aquarium; they do interbreed and any offspring will feature a brownish wild color.

    blue dream shrimp

    Ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes sp.)

    Ghost shrimp are often sold as cheap food for larger fish species but can also make an interesting permanent addition to the aquarium. They are on this list because they are incredibly hardy and can tolerate bad water values a lot better than most other shrimp. A great option if you're just getting started!

    'Ghost shrimp' is a collective name for various shrimp species in the Palaemonetes genus, so be sure to buy from a reputable seller to avoid ending up with a huge aggressive river prawn or brackish variety. The Shrimp Farm sells Palaemonetes paludosus, which doesn't grow too large and should work fine in most cases. Keep your ghost shrimp in a cycled aquarium of at least around 10 gallons. A peaceful community should work just fine (though keep in mind ghost shrimp can be slightly more aggressive than dwarf shrimp). Ghost shrimp larvae are tiny and very vulnerable, so if you're interested in breeding and don't want the young to end up being eaten a single-species setup might be the best idea.

  • Shrimp caresheet: Ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes sp.)

    Freshwater ghost shrimp from the Palaemonetes genus, also known as glass shrimp, are hardy shrimp often used as feeders due to their low price. However, they're also easy, fun additions to the aquarium and a great choice for anyone looking to gain some experience in shrimp keeping.

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about ghost shrimp care and keeping ghost shrimp in your aquarium!

    Scientific name: The common name 'ghost shrimp' is used for the various shrimp species in the Palaemonetes genus. So not all ghost shrimp are the same!
    Common names: Ghost shrimp, glass shrimp, freshwater glass shrimp
    Difficulty level: Easy
    Origin: North America

    Setting up a ghost shrimp aquarium

    Ghost shrimp requirements

    As mentioned above, ghost shrimp are not difficult to keep. They don't require a specialized aquarium setup and a tank of at least 10 gallons (38L) should be large enough to sustain a colony. As always your aquarium should be filtered and fully cycled before any shrimp are added. Although ghost shrimp can handle a relatively wide temperature range it's a good idea to always use a heater to prevent sudden temperature fluctuations.

    Like all shrimp, ghost shrimp can become skittish if the aquarium lacks hiding places. If you want to see your shrimps' natural (foraging) behavior be sure to use plenty of plants and hides.

    Ghost shrimp water quality

    One of the reasons ghost shrimp are so popular as feeder shrimp is that they are quite hardy and can handle bad water quality fairly well. This makes it easy to ship and house them in massive amounts; after all, if a few die it's not like a lot of money is lost.

    Obviously things are a little different if you keep these shrimp in your aquarium. If you want them to live a long and happy life it's important to keep the water quality high. That means the tank should always be fully cycled (zero ammonia, zero nitrite and nitrates as low as possible). Overstocking is not much of a worry if you only keep ghost shrimp, as their bioload is very low, but it's something to keep in mind if you're going for a community tank. Room temperature is fine, but as discussed above it's a good idea to still use a heater as backup.

    pH: 7.0-7.8

    Temperature: 70-78 °F/21-25.5 °C

    Water hardness: 3-15 dkh

    Ghost shrimp tankmates

    Because they are a little larger than dwarf shrimp there is a little less risk of your ghost shrimp being eaten by their tankmates. That being said, you should still avoid keeping them with any fish that might have an appetite for shrimp! Peaceful tankmates are a must for any shrimp. If you're interested in actively breeding your ghost shrimp you might want to consider setting up a single-species tank, as the larvae are very vulnerable.

    Keep in mind that ghost shrimp are known to be slightly more aggressive than dwarf shrimp. Fish with long fins, such as Bettas, might be damaged by these opportunistic feeders.

    Ghost shrimp diet

    One of the reasons ghost shrimp aren't just appreciated as feeders is their diet. These shrimp are omnivorous scavengers that will eat pretty much anything they come across! This, combined with their low bioload, can make a group of ghost shrimp the perfect aquarium 'cleaning crew'. They will consume leftover foods, decaying plant matter, algae and anything you give them.

    If your aquarium is very clean your ghost shrimp likely can't find enough to eat by themselves. You can supplement their diet with anything from algae wafers to frozen foods such as mosquito larvae.

    Breeding ghost shrimp

    Breeding ghost shrimp is a little different from breeding ghost shrimp. These shrimp don't hatch as miniature versions of their parents but go through a larval stage during which they are very vulnerable and easily (accidentally) damaged or killed.

    To breed your ghost shrimp, set up a single-species aquarium with a sponge filter. Make sure your shrimp colony contains both males and females and plant the tank heavily to provide the larvae with a place to hide and feed on infusoria and biofilm. Make sure your water values are perfect and you should soon start seeing females carrying small green eggs between their swimmerettes. That's it! You probably won't see the larvae much after they hatch but they should come out of hiding once they're large enough to feel safe out in the open.

    Buying ghost shrimp

    Ghost shrimp are one of the most common shrimp species in the aquarium hobby and you shouldn't have too much trouble finding them. Because they are often used as feeders you might be able to find them at your local pet- or aquarium store for a low price, but keep in mind that these shrimp might not be too healthy. Because various species from the Palaemonetes genus are sold in aquarium stores as juveniles there's also a chance you'll end up with shrimp that require brackish water or grow very large and rather aggressive.

    You can also 100% healthy freshwater ghost shrimp that don't turn into huge monsters (Palaemonetes paludosus) at The Shrimp Farm with live arrival guarantee. Just click here to buy your shrimp!

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