Also known as Glass Shrimp,
these are favorites of many larger species. Both Freshwater
and Saltwater varieties are available, but are somewhat costly.
One specific use for ghost shrimp is to "gut load"
them. This can be done by feeding them flake food soaked in
medicine or HUFA booster, or lifting the carapace and injecting
it immediately prior to feeding.
The same tub for gammarus works well for ghost shrimp. Just
be sure to give them lots of hiding places. They do well on
flake food, and can be carnivorous if not fed well or kept
in large numbers.
Culturing Ghost Shrimp
Culturing Ghost shrimp is a little more work than Gammarus,
but not that difficult. In addition to the main tub or tank,
you'll need two other ten gallon tanks. One of these is a
hatching tank and the other is the grow out tank.
The Hatching Tank:
Top view of the hatching
The hatching tank consists of a "basket" that holds
the pregnant shrimp. To construct the basket what we used
is 1/4" square acrylic rod available at a plastics shop.
The frame was made so that 3 or four inches are submerged
in the water and it is held up by tabs on the top. This frame
is then covered with crinolin, a netting material you can
find at any fabric store. It's very important that there are
no holes that the shrimp can get through. The whole idea is
to keep the eggs away from the shrimp. An airline is also
used to keep the water aerated. When the female releases her
eggs, they fall through the netting and hatch on the bottom.
Every day check the shrimp and remove any that have released
their eggs, placing them back into the main tank. Lifting
out the basket and temporarily setting it in the main tank
so the shrimp are still under water you can use a brine shrimp
net to collect the young shrimp and transfer them to the grow
The Grow Out Tank:
The grow out tank simply contains a sponge filter and lots
of hiding places for the young shrimp. Some wadded up crinolin
or unused bath squeegee thing's work well. We fed ours a little
of the nanno paste daily as well as a little flake food.
We didn't culture the ghost shrimp for too long but the above
method seemed to work pretty well. The main problem is it
takes along time for them to grow out to a feedable size.