Ghost shrimp are great for aquariums with Betta fish and are easy to care for. They also serve as a cleaning crew, eating the leftover food. They do not require any special food or conditions because they will eat almost anything you feed your Betta fish.
Ghost Shrimps are small shrimp often used in fish tanks. They are transparent, easy to take care of, and cheap to buy. They are used both as aquarium inhabitants and as live feed for bigger fish.
The scientific name is Palaemonetes and are also referred to as glass shrimp and feeder shrimp.
Ghost shrimp grow to around 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. If you have a fish, the little shrimp will feed on food leftovers. They will also eat dead plants, algae, and other organic material.
They are an ideal tank cleaner.
They grow fast, have a healthy appetite and live for around 12 months.
Ghost shrimp are ideal tank mates for Betta.
Your Betta and your shrimp will probably ignore each other.
They will get along fine as long as you provide them both with enough space, good hiding places, and plenty of feeding.
The minimum tank size for a Betta is 5 gallons. Ghost Shrimp are much smaller and require far less space. Putting a few shrimps with your Betta will require around a 10-gallon tank.
This way they can live together without your Betta fish harassing them.
Ghost shrimp love to burrow themselves into sand or mud and sleep for a long period. They are most active at night when they scavenge for food.
Ghost shrimp is known as an omnivorous creature. They eat both plant and animal-derived food. They are capable of eating most types of freshwater fish food, but they also eat leftover fish food.
Like all animals, they need a varied diet for optimal health. If there is not enough food available, ghost shrimp might also eat fish poop that has accumulated in the tank. Fish poop contains undigested nutrients.
The Betta fish’s ideal temperature of 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for your shrimps too.
The perfect pH range would be anywhere from seven-point five up to eight-point three.
Generally speaking, anything within the neutral range will work.
Another way to ask this, is how to keep your Betta from eating your shrimps?
The first consideration is to feed your Betta regularly with high-quality, healthy food.
The second consideration is to have plenty of hiding place for your shrimps.
Mind you, that for your Betta it is perfectly ok to eat a shrimp. Only the fins might get a bit harmed if a Betta gets rough with the shrimp.
Plants, rocks, caves, wood, and other ornaments make good hiding places for your shrimp.
Ghost shrimps are particularly vulnerable when they outgrow and shed their shell to grow a new one.
This is the time when your shrimp is particularly vulnerable and will be hiding until it grows a new shell.
Betta fish have a strong territorial nature and will likely act aggressively towards any newcomer.
A good idea is to take your Betta out of the tank for a day, introduce the shrimps and then reintroduce your fish.