Care Level: Easy
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Amano Shrimp, also referred to as the Algae-Eating Shrimp, are one of the most versatile shrimps a hobbyist can add to their freshwater planted aquarium. They are also relatively easy to care for, making them a popular choice for first time freshwater shrimp enthusiasts (see ‘Care Requirements’ section below). Amano shrimp require stable water parameters to thrive long term and there are a few specific elements in water chemistry that can be detrimental – these include ammonia, nitrite or high nitrate levels (> 20 ppm). Amano shrimp prefer to be in groups because they are social; a single shrimp may hide almost exclusively. Keep Amano shrimp in a group of 3 or 4 individuals at minimum, but more are certainly encouraged. Amano shrimp are one of the few Caridina shrimp that can be mixed with Neocaridina shrimp (e.g., Cherry Shrimp) because they are not as particular about pH. If you do not want multiple Amano shrimp, having other shrimp species in the aquarium will suffice in the same manner. Amano shrimp are excellent at controlling various algae on live plants, including hair algae and black beard algae. The trick, however, is to not over feed your Amano shrimp too well because they may then show disinterest in these natural or nuisance food resources. Female Amano shrimp will grow slightly larger than males, reaching an adult size of approximately 2″.
Diet Requirements: Amano shrimp are omnivores, and will feed on various foods that have made their way to the bottom of the aquarium or on top of other surfaces, including live plants. There are shrimp-specific foods on the market, and these are important to incorporate into their diets because they provide necessary minerals for exoskeletal molt, growth and overall health of your shrimp. Variety is the spice of life, even for these small invertebrates.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 10 gallon aquarium is ideal for small group of Amano shrimp. While these shrimp are small, this size aquarium better provides a stable environment. An Amano shrimp can be kept in smaller tanks (5 gallons), but it may take a more dedicated aquarist to stay on top of providing adequate water parameters. Amano shrimp are very intolerable of nitrite or ammonia spikes. Weekly or biweekly water changes are encouraged to keep water parameters up to standard (Nitrates < 20 ppm). Avoid the use of copper based medications as this will cause harm to, or even kill, your shrimp. Amano shrimo prefer an environment with dense live plants. At the very least, your Amano shrimp requires some type of moss to hang out in and take refuge. We’ve noticed a favorite is Java Moss (Vesicularia dubyana), which is relatively easy to maintain and grow. Amano shrimp are compatible with nano-type fish species, such as certain tetra and rasboras. Small catfish, shrimp from other genera (Neocaridina) and snails are also compatible choices. Avoid fish with large mouths that will make a snack out of your shrimp; this can include Siamese Fighting Fish, or bettas, (Betta splendens) in some circumstances. Recommended water conditions, 72-76° F, KH 3-15, pH 6.0-7.5.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1/2” to 3/4”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.