For those people who love keeping less aggressive small fish and shrimps, the Ghost shrimp is a good choice.
The shrimp species has a semi translucent-body features that make them be given the alternative name ‘Glass shrimp’.
To keep the Ghost shrimp you will need to have a good tank setup.
They are cheap to buy and usually have a lifespan of one to two years.
The Ghost shrimp are used as bait to help fishermen catch fish.
Just hope you do not mind about their eating habits.
They are considered to be decent scavengers and will give you a hard time as they gobble up all the fish food in the tank.
You, therefore, have to take good care of them by giving them enough food to eat.
This eating habit gives them a bad name among clam farmers and they will always try to eradicate them.
So, we’re wondering that what do ghost shrimp eat?
Feeding the Ghost Shrimp.
The Ghost Shrimp is both omnivorous and a scavenger.
The food range is quite wide such as brush algae and other fallen foods.
The shrimp species does not choose food and will eat up all the food in the tank.
This makes them a threat to the small fish in the tank.
You can feed the shrimp on most processed foods such as pellets and flakes.
It will also feed on boiled Zucchini and vegetables which are cheap and good for providing required nutrients.
The Ghost Shrimp also likes eating fish or shrimp-pellets, algae wafers, fish flakes and bits of other uneaten foods.
It is advisable to feed the shrimp with food supplements rich in Calcium.
It is ideal for their shell growth and keeps them healthy.
The food range also covers the shrimp fallen tank mates, as their scavenging habits make them eat dead shrimp and fish.
The owner should make sure to remove the dead fish and shrimps from the tank to prevent an ammonia spread.
The Ghost Shrimp provide an exciting view as they move around the tank picking up the food in the tank.
There is a supremacy feeding order as the bigger shrimp will be given priority.
As they eat the food, it will be visible making its way through the shrimp digestive system.
This is due to its translucent body.
The Ghost Shrimp loves eating empty shells as they provide them with minerals.
The shrimp will lose their shells periodically as they grow which is a sign of health.
The process of losing shells is known as molting. As they are kept in groups, it will be hard to establish which group has dropped off the shells.
The owner will just notice some shells in the tank and not know which group has moulted.
The other group of shrimp will feed on the shells.
Tanks with plants
Ghost Shrimp will love to stay in a tank with live plants.
The plants will drop plant matter into the water making the tank a good habitat for the shrimp.
Shrimp do not prefer staying in clean conditions and loves the mess created.
They will go picking on the plant parts and eat them. The plants also provide hiding and exploring places.