Ghost shrimp have a pelagic larval stage that is also marine. That means that after the eggs hatch you need to adapt them to saltwater to raise the larvae. During this time the size and amount of food necessary to keep them alive needs to be very carefully supplied and regulated. After the larvae settle they make their way back to freshwater.
You may be better off breeding shrimp that have an entirely freshwater lifecycle like Cherry shrimp.
My apologies. You are correct. I was thinking the Amano shrimp when I wrote it. The ghost shrimp or Glass shrimp commonly sold in the U.S. is Palaemontes paludosus and the larval stage does survive in freshwater.
Although feeding the larvae is still difficult requiring green water first, followed by rotifers, freshly hatched brine shrimp, and finally finely crushed flake food. They can survive on detritus in a larger aquarium without any predators but you won't get much of a survival rate.
Green water is phytoplankton that you can culture to feed the larvae. You will probably need to purchase a starter culture and the method of culturing is more complex than can be explained in a forum post.
i know there is readily available hikari shrimp food and such. just get a heavily planted tetra setup and toss some in there. i do also know that iodine or something similar can be necessary to get breeding going. pretty easy to tell when one has eggs too. another alternative to breeding ur own fish food, guppies, swordtails, mollys, pretty much any live bearer.
so since brandon has abandoned his quest I believe I'll hijack his thread lol
just bought decent amount of ghost shrimp and going to try my hand at breeding them
they are in a 10g fry tank by themselves with an airstone and 20% water changes every two days.
I have algea discs, brine shrimp, and veggies for feed depending on the stages, if I can make it that far. I'll post as I go.
Gave away two today to my oscar as a treat lol
In my experience, if you are looking to breed shrimp for feeders, cherry shrimp are a better bet. Set up a 20 long with a sponge filter, throw a wad of java moss and a dozen cherry shrimp into it. Come back in a month. Cherry shrimp are easy to breed. Their young are born fully formed with no larval stage and they are pretty prolific.