These invertebrates are the best try for people who grow them for the
first time. This is because of their resilient nature.
Why need a beginner’s guide for Amano Shrimp? Amano Shrimp is the popular shrimp in the fish keeping hobby and one of the most preferred planted tank Shrimp and it is important to educate the new hobbyist who would want to keep these unique spineless creatures in their aquarium. This precise beginner’s guide would be handy for every new hobbyist.
Amano Shrimp – Overview
|Common Name||Yamato Shrimp or Amano Shrimp or Algae Shrimp|
|Scientific Name||Caridina multidentata|
|Habitat or Origin||Asia specifically Japan, China, and also Taiwan.|
|Average Size||1.5 inches, the size is in fact a big size in the shrimp variety|
|Coloration||Grayish or transparent body. Red/brown or blue/grey dotted|
lines along the length of their body can be seen.
|Life Span||They live for approximately 2-3 years when given proper care|
|Diet||Though they generally feed on the leftovers or scattered|
pieces of rubbish or remains they also need their dietary
supplements which include pellet or algae wafer, frozen
foods like brine shrimp and vegetables like cucumber,
|Gender Identification||Females are bigger sized shrimps with long dashes like dots|
along with a saddle (egg nest like). Males have evenly
spaced out dots
|Behavior||They get wild during the feed. The upper hand is always by|
the adult shrimps. The hiding behavior can be seen during
molting which is when they are without a shell. This usually
occurs once a month.
|Compatibility||They can get along with community fishes which are peace-loving. They can also be with other snails and shrimps.|
|Ideal Tank Conditions||Our Recommendation is 20 – 30 gallons. They enjoy hard water. A Group of 3 to 6 platies is good for a 30-gallon fish tank.|
|Water Parameters||70°F – 80°F, even though this is the range, they prefer cold water. pH level could be 6.0-7.0|
|Breeding||It is usually difficult and mostly only the expertise can breed.|
In the wild, larvae develop into little shrimps in saltwater. As
they develop into adults, they only thrive in freshwater only
|Common Diseases||Fungal infections can happen. Poisoning is a common|
problem and can be avoided only by cleaning the aquarium
plants properly before placing them in the aquarium.
|Approximate Cost||10 Shrimps would cost around 25USD to 25 USD and it is available in Southeast Asia and India at 1/3 price|
|What to look when buying||The shrimps should be transparent and not white or pink as|
they are the signs of shrimps infected due to poisoning
|Species in the Market||Amino shrimp, green shrimp, red and white shrimp|