ghost shrimp


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

ghost shrimp
Photo courtesy of Aqualand pets plus

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.

ghost shrimp eggs
Photo courtesy of Aqualand pets plus


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