Paleomonetes sp.
kadakensis, paludosus


    More than a food source the ghost shrimp are excellent scavengers and a fine addition to a small community or species aquarium.

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: Maximum 1″ 1/2 (3.8cm)
Tank: Although just about any size will do, I recommend at least a 10 gallon set up.
Strata: Bottom.
PH: Not picky, 6.5-8.0
Hardness: Soft to medium. KH 3-10
Temperature: 70°F-81°F (21°- 27°C) Low to middle 70’s ideal


Class: Crustacea
Order: Decapoda
Family: Palaeomonidae
Genera: Paleomonetes
Species: Kadakensis, Paludosus

Common name:

Ghost Shrimp

    , Glass Shrimp


    North America. Southern areas where the water temperature does not fall below 50°F (10°C)

Coloration:Clear, right behind the head the digestive system and organs are visible. Basic shrimp shape with antennas on head then legs and tail

Life span:

    1.25 years in captivity.


    Relatively easy, very sensitive to ammonia. Do not keep with fish a few inches bigger unless strict herbivores. Eat vegetable tablets, shrimp pellets, live, or flake food. Unlike the Amano shrimp these are not algae eaters and need a regular diet.


    Bare or Gravel

Tank Décor:

    Multiple hiding places with subdued lighting.


    Quiet, low-flow filtration is best. Although great swimmers they prefer not to.


    Stagnant pools and drainage ditches in the southern part of the continent.

Breeding:As long as the shrimp are kept in schools of at least 6 breeding will happen without stress. Frequent water changes can also cause breeding.


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