Although It is common to have tank mates for ghost shrimps but we need to be careful on which breed of fishes or shrimps to choose.
This article suggests some tank mates that are compatible with ghost shrimps. Do note this is for owners who have nano shrimp tanks i.e. tanks that are 10 gallon and below. If you have a larger tank, some of the information might not apply.
Here is a list of ghost shrimp tank mates
- Amano Shrimp
- Dwarf Crayfish
- Endler Guppy
- Nerite Snails
- Bamboo Shrimp
- Chili rasboras
- Scarlet Badi
Short note on Ghost Shrimp behavior
Relative to all the freshwater shrimps, ghost shrimps seems to be the most alert to their surroundings. It is pretty rare to see them not ‘swimming’ away when a fish is approaching. Hence, they will be more able to accommodate fish as tank mates
In addition, ghost shrimps are more predatory in nature, relative to other shrimps.
So, when considering tank mates, it is important to not only research on whether other fishes or aquatic creatures can eat ghost shrimps, but also vice versa.
They can also become more dangerous to other small breeds if the space becomes too clutter, thereby making it easy to ‘grab hold’ of other small shrimps or shrimplets as food.
List of Ghost Shrimp tank mates
As detailed in my article on how many ghost shrimps per gallon, you can have around 6-8 shrimps per gallon. If you have a 5-10 gallon tank, you can do a pure shrimp tank with around a total of 30-80 shrimps. Some of my suggestions of shrimp tank mates are:
These shrimps originated from Japan and has a peaceful temperament.
On the plus side, they are a tough breed and can survive well in the harshest conditions. If you are a beginner, they are easy to care for and shouldn’t die on you, like other shrimps.
In addition Amano shrimps are famous for being a great cleanup crew as the devour algae more aggressively than other shrimp breeds.
Appearance wise, they actually look like ghost shrimps due to their transparent nature. This might a negative since you wouldn’t be adding colors to the shrimp tank.
Although dwarf crayfish looks like a shrimp, it is actually part of the crayfish family.
Although it looks intimating, dwarf crayfish actually has a nice temperament, at least in most cases. Some male dwarf crayfish might exhibit aggressive behavior but is the exception rather the norm.
The most popular breed is the Dwarf Mexican Orange Crayfish, probably due its colorful shell.
In addition, the crayfish are slow hunters so they are not likely to go around chasing the shrimps. However, if one happens to be in the way and a particular crayfish has a tasty temper, the ghost shrimp could be eater.
Not all guppies are compatible with ghost shrimps but this one is.
Relative to other guppy breeds, the endler guppy is not the type that actively looks for shrimp food.
They definitely wouldn’t eat an adult ghost shrimp but if there is a baby shrimplet in their way then it will probably eat it.
If you intend to grow a shrimp colony, you will need to plant the tank well so that the shrimplets can stay out of sight from the endler.
Snails in general are pretty safe tank mates for ghost shrimp. Nerite snails in particular have nice zebra like stripes which make them pretty to look at.
Like all snails, nerite snails are slow moving and wouldn’t affect the shrimps too much.
Like amano shrimps, nerite snails are alage eaters. Hence they can help to keep the tanks clean, which is another plus point besides being decorative.
Do note that these snails are capable of climbing fish tanks walls. So make sure you have a tight lid to prevent them from climbing outside the tank.
Another type of shrimps that can coexist peacefully with ghost shrimps is the bamboo shrimps.
Bamboo shrimps are filter feeders i.e. they eat near the filters so they don’t need occupy the same space as the ghost shrimps. If you see them crawling at the bottom, it is a need that they are not getting enough food from the filters. Feed accordingly.
In addition, they can grow to much bigger size, making it difficult for ghost shrimp to disturb or eat them.
A colorful and small fish that wouldn’t grow larger than an adult ghost shrimp.
Unfortunately, there are 2 potential downsides you need to be aware of:
- Adult shrimps are safe but shrimplets is another thing. This applies to almost every fish.
- There is a small chance that the ghost shrimp might attack the chili rasboras due its small size. Not likely but still possible.
This is one of the smallest freshwater aquarium fish in the world. At full size, a scarlet badi will not pose too much problem to a ghost shrimp.
Everything said about the chili rasboras also applies to scarlet badi as well. In other words, the ghost shrimp and the fish will get along without too much problem.
The only exception is with regards to the fish eating the shrimplets and the ghost shrimp being aggressive to the fish (not common).
What to avoid
Besides knowing what tank mates are good for ghost shrimp, you also know which breeds are best to avoid
I have routinely see how ghost shrimp are more aggressive around cherry shrimp, especially when they are sharing a small space. Avoid putting them together if you don’t want your cherry shrimps to become ghost shrimp food.
Most all fishes
With a few exceptions, most fishes eat shrimps. Ever small fishes like betta can feed on shrimplets if they happen to get in their way. Hence, I wouldn’t advice any fish to be used as tank mates for ghost shrimps, except for the breeds that I highlighted above.
Finding suitable tank mates is always a tricky affair, especially when it comes to shrimps. Hopefully, these seven choices are pretty safe most of the time. However, be prepared that sometimes, things might go wrong. If either breeds start attacking or eating each other, you will need to separate them into their own tanks.