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Old 11-10-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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how long do GHOST Shrimp last in saltwater?


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#1: if i were to float a bag of a dozen ghost shrimp until acclimated and plopped them in my saltwater tank.....how long will they live if left uneaten by predators? i've gotten answers from various LFS owners ranging from 30mins to 2 weeks. I need the TRUE answer.

#2: i'm thinking about throwing in a dozen ghost shrimp a week to make sure my newly-aquired Comet Betta gets fed....but he'll be competing with a flame angel, a golden wrasse, two firefish, a flame cardinal, and three blue damsels. which of his competition should i be concerned with beating him out of what is meant to be "his-ghost-shrimp"???? should I LOSE the damsels???
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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I guess yrs if you have them in a tank.Never tried ,I just take them out of the ocean and get enough for a meal.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:17 PM   #3
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there really isn't any way to get a good answer for that question... way to many variables... each shrimp will last a certain amount of time for various reasons.

As far as competition I would say most of those fish are certainly able to beat the betta to the prize, but I'd say trial and error would be the best way to find out. If you scatter the shrimp thoughout the tank the betta would probably have an opportunity to eat.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
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i'm talking about FRESHWATER ghost shrimp that you buy by the dozen at the LFS.....wondering how long they last when transferring from FW to SW if they die rather quickly or not....
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:30 PM   #5
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according to LiveAquaria, ghost shrimp cannot be kept in the main tank... this care info for feeder White shrimp mentions it

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...91&pcatid=2191

other things i have found through searching is that ghost shrimp from salt and fresh are 2 different types.... marine 'ghost' shrimp are actually 'white' shrimp.... confuzzling


...and asking about acclimating ghost you get the same conflicting info online... some say its impossible, some say it works if you go slow, some say its not unusual to lose a few trying to acclimate them.

i say try it with an extra tank if you have one so you don't have dead bodies everywhere in your main tank if it does not work out.
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:15 PM   #6
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everytime I have put them in they never lasted long enough to hit the bottom
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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Do you mean they died from the shock or from fish eating them?
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:24 PM   #8
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well.... i'm going to find out my answer in the next day or so.

tomorrow i'm getting a dozen for a LFS place who claims his ghost shrimp will last in SW for up to 2 weeks.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:56 PM   #9
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They will live long enough to hit the bottom. The store I work at feeds barracuda live ghost shrimp. They definatly live, but after about 10 min the barracuda has eaten them all. I have no idea how long they would last without any predators, but I would wager it is less than a day.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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as a general rule inverts tolerate salt differences less well than verts. But I have not seen them last long either just because they are so delicous. I mean hey, I love shrimp why wouldn't they?
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:00 PM   #11
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I don't think I’ve ever seen so much chatter about ghost shrimp on here. Anyway, I don't have any predators in my tank, accept maybe my BTA, and I have had like 3 dozen ghost shrimp in my tank for about a month and 1/2. They are all going strong.. accept for the few that get sucked into a filter or a powerhead. I've seen a few torsos around as well, but none seem to have died from the water itself.

I even have a preggo shrimp that should be popping any day now - it's been about a week and 1/2 since I’ve noticed she was expecting.



I bought them in 2 different LFS visits... both times I just floated them for about 30 minutes and let them loose. No dripping.
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:23 PM   #12
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Dead in 4hrs


I just bought freshwater ghost shrimp as feed. Threw them into my tank full of fresh pacific water and they were dead within 4 hours. There may be certain species labeled as ghost shrimp which will survive, but the 49 cent ones I bought all died. Good thing I don't need them alive to be eaten
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:11 PM   #13
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When I buy ghost shrimp I put them in brackish water (1/2 fresh 1/2 salt) and they live in that for a week before my Lion eats them all. I never see them in the tank long enough to know how long they last. If someone were to feed them to a fish its best they find out before adding a dozen or such to a tank, that their fish WILL eat them to begin with.

BTW, yes I know this threads 2 years old but for I answered search reasons.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #14
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i used to acclimate them all of the time to SW. some were for feeding the predator tank the others i would put in the reef as a clean up crew. they had now problems living for years in SW. if you take your time they are perfectly happy to live in either environment. though there does seem to be two different ghost shrimp species. one is most commonly found in FW canals, the other found in brackish to SW marshes. i have come across both SW and FW ghost shrimp at LFS's. though i have been able to acclimate the FW ones to SW when the SW ones are not available.

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Old 10-04-2011, 03:37 PM   #15
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As far as life span, when I purchased my old 10g sw tank, it came with some ghost shrimp. Not sure whether they were sw type or acclimated fw, but they remained alive in my tank for about 5 months before I lost the last one.
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