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November 26, 2007 at 11:42 am #1313ayabbottMember
I am offering a special on salt water ghost shrimps .20 each or .15 each for 100 or more. I still have seahorse trees and nassarius snails. wetpetsdirect.com. Happy holidays all. These can be shipped priority to save on costs. Please feel free to email me with any questions. [email protected] :cheer:
Post edited by: ayabbott, at: 2007/11/26 07:42November 27, 2007 at 11:43 pm #3892Pete GiwojnaGuest
Hey, that’s an excellent price for live marine ghost shrimp! Brackish water and salt water ghost shrimp make superb live foods for seahorses but are the most difficult type of ghosts for hobbyists to obtain. And those seahorse trees make ideal hitching posts for Pixies or dwarf seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae), in particular.
Here is some additional information on ghost shrimp for you hobbyists who may be interested in a great deal on these bite-size crustaceans:
GHOST SHRIMP or GLASS SHRIMP
Pros (Giwojna, Oct. 1996):
· A highly nutritious, natural food for large seahorses.
· Available from pet shops or aquarium stores as well as through the mail.
· Very easy to gut-load and enrich with various supplements
· Good tolerance for saltwater: brackish ghosts last surprisingly long, and even freshwater ghost shrimp survive long enough to be a very useful food.
Ghost Shrimp are seasonally abundant along the Gulf Coast of the US in salt marshes, rivers that empty into the sea, tidal creeks and brackish bays (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). Brackish Ghosts can be collected easily at low tide by vigorously shaking clumps of floating seaweed into a bucket of seawater, or by dragging a small seine or large aquarium net through tidal creeks or the grass flats just offshore (Giwojna, Oct. 1996). Similar techniques will often produce freshwater Ghost Shrimp from fresh streams or waterways, including grassy canals and ditches (Giwojna, Oct. 1996). Harvest only specimens that are small enough for your seahorses to swallow whole.
Aquarium specimens are available year round. Fish stores carry Ghost Shrimp both as feeders and as oddball pets for freshwater hobbyists (Giwojna, Oct. 1996).
Ghosts do not thrive in soft water, so for best results keep them in slightly hard to alkaline water (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). Like all crustaceans, these see-through shrimp shed their exoskeletons in order to grow. They may have difficulty molting and become stuck halfway through the process of extricating themselves from their old exoskeletons, particularly in soft water that is deficient in calcium (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). For this reason, I recommend gradually converting your holding tank for Ghost shrimp to brackish conditions, using a high-quality marine salt mix to slowly raise the salinity (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003).
There are at least two distinct types of Ghost Shrimp (very likely more), which are very difficult to distinguish by casual examination (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). One category of Ghost appears to be a true freshwater species. The freshwater Ghosts do not tolerate full-strength saltwater for any length of time but withstand brackish conditions without difficulty (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). The other category of Ghost Shrimp is a brackish species that can be converted to full-strength saltwater, but which also tolerates freshwater for extended periods (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003).
One possible way to determine which type of Ghost Shrimp you have is to examine females that are "in berry" (carrying eggs attached to their swimmerets). The saltwater or brackish Ghosts carry huge numbers of extremely tiny eggs (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). So small are these that individual eggs cannot be seen with the naked eye. The eggs of freshwater Ghosts are said to be much bigger so that separate eggs are visible (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003).
The freshwater Ghosts breed more readily in the aquarium, and the larval shrimp are somewhat easier to raise (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003), but home culture of Ghost Shrimp is not really practical regardless of which variety you obtain.
Feed Ghosts small amounts of dry food once daily. The fine, leftover particles that accumulate on the bottoms of nearly empty flake food containers are great for feeding Ghosts, or crumble fresh flakes between your fingers to create particles of that same consistency (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). Soak these fine flakes in a good enrichment formula and then feed them to the shrimp about 30 minutes before feeding the Ghosts to your seahorses (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). This will gut-load the shrimp and fortify them for maximum nutritional value. (You will actually be able to see the enriched flakes accumulate in the hindgut through the shrimp’s transparent body.)
A 10-15 tank will hold quantities of ghost shrimp, and smaller numbers will do fine in a 5-gallon bucket equipped with an airstone or air-driven foam filter (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). Sponge filters will suffice; change water once a week to maintain water quality (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003).
These shrimp are all but transparent, which explains why they are universally called ghost shrimp or glass shrimp. Their exoskeletons are perfectly clear, the underlying muscles nearly transparent, thus clearly revealing their internal organs and GI tract (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). A loss of transparency is a sign of severe stress and poor health; upon death, Ghosts typically turn an opaque white like their namesakes (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003). Ghost shrimp are acrobatic swimmers, which propel themselves backward with amazing speed by flexing their tails beneath them.
Fully-grown Ghosts can reach two inches in length, but the best feeder shrimp for the greater seahorses are 1/10 to 1/4 that size (i.e., approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inches in length), so select your specimens accordingly (Ricketts, Robert T. 2003).
Pete GiwojnaNovember 28, 2007 at 3:54 am #3893ayabbottGuest
Yes, this is a good price, especially this time of year as they are not as plentiful, but I have formed a partnership with an already established storefront bait business. I will be running the aquarium trade aspect of it. However with the extra manpower (albeit temporary for the moment because they shut down bait sales from Dec-Feb) I am able to do this. So if anyone misses the special now, I will be offering again these prices come spring. I collect these in the saltwater marsh across the street from me and they are quite tough and a number are always full of eggs.
Post edited by: ayabbott, at: 2007/11/28 16:50November 28, 2007 at 6:57 am #3894ayabbottGuest
Post edited by: ayabbott, at: 2007/11/28 16:51December 10, 2007 at 8:28 am #3911sgt1959Guest
do you still have any im very interested in buying someDecember 10, 2007 at 10:06 am #3912ayabbottGuest
Yes, I still have shrimp left. It is however getting close to the time where collecting them will be difficult. I will try to hold the special as long as I can. During the holidays, I know it is tough to afford much of anything outside of gifts. You can email me at [email protected]December 11, 2007 at 7:28 am #3913sgt1959Guest
Ill take some let me know where to send payment info
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