Ghost Shrimp Care

Ghost Shrimp Care
Ghost Shrimp Care, photo by Jason Fether


  • Scientific Name: Palaemonetes paludosus
  • Common Name: Glass Shrimp
  • Lifespan: 1 – 2 years
  • Size: Up to 1.5 inches
  • Care: Easy
  • Community: Ghost shrimp do best in
  • Lifestyle: Shrimp do best in groups of 5 or more.

Tank Requirements

  • Minimum Tank Size: 5 gallon tank
  • Water Temperature Range: 65 – 82 °F
  • Water pH Range: 6.5 – 8.0
  • Water Hardness Range: 3 – 10 dGH

Perform a 10%-25% water change weekly. If you do not have a filter in your tank, do a water change twice a week.


A 5 gallon tank will be enough for about 5 – 10 ghost shrimp. Some people have crammed 50 ghost shrimp in a 10 gallon tank, but I prefer using the method of having 1 ghost shrimp per half-gallon of water. This will allow for your ghost shrimp to live comfortably without any fighting. Having lots of ghost shrimp crammed together in one tank will be problematic. The shrimp will fight one another for hiding spots and food.

Lighting & Hood

A hood over the fish tank is recommended to keep dust and debris from falling into the water. For lighting, a full spectrum lighting – T5 is recommended.


Sponge filters are highly recommended for a shrimp aquarium. Sponge filters allow for proper filtration without any of your shrimp or baby shrimp being sucked into the filter. They are also very inexpensive. If you decide to use a HOB filter, just cover the intake with a sponge and your shrimp will be fine.

Tank Items

Ghost shrimp do not need much in a tank except for a few hides and plants. Hides are very important if you have other fish in the tank. Shrimp are what we fish-keepers like to call “feeders” because they make great snacks for bigger fish. If you do not have any type of hides for your shrimp to hide in, the shrimp will most likely be eaten by other fish. A turned over plant pot, corner pvc pipe, or any other type of fish tank ornament will do just fine.

Feeding & Diet

The best part about ghost shrimp is their diet. They will practically eat anything that falls to the bottom of the aquarium. They will base their diet off of the algae in the tank and any type of fish diet you feed to your regular fish like normal fish flakes. You should also add a little vegetation (moss, stem plants, and rhizome plants) into the aquarium as well.  If you are hoping to see some offspring and would like to grow the baby ghost shrimp, add some moss into the tank so that the baby ghost shrimp can hide easily, and eat all the microorganisms living in it.


Ghost shrimp do well with most substrates. However, I do feel that gravel substrates benefit the shrimp because they can find left-over food better. Sand substrates tend to cover up the left-over food easier and more often leaving some shrimp without food.

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